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  • Murder defendant takes her own life on court date

    What was shaping up to be a high-visible murder trial later this month took an enuxpected turn Monday, when the woman who was set to attend a plea bargain hearing Monday afternoon apparently took her own life shortly beforehand.

  • Armijo Elementary student wins New Mexico True Reading Challenge

    Governor Susana Martinez recently congratulated Alexis Jojola on winning the New Mexico True Reading Challenge 2018.

    Jojola participated in the challenge over this past summer reading over 20 books and writing an essay on why she loves New Mexico.

    As one of the winners, Jojola received New Mexico State Fair tickets for her and her family.

  • Fish found dead in Pecos River

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is investigating a fish die-off in the upper Pecos River from the village of Pecos to Cowles.

    The die-off is affecting brown and rainbow trout and is being attributed to stress induced by low water conditions and poor water quality throughout late summer and early fall.

    Most of the fish observed were adult brown trout and a few rainbow trout.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, September 30, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 19 and Sept. 26, 2018:

  • Goat helps control weeds at Highlands stadiums

    A miniature goat named Brownie munches weeds in the south end of the Highlands University Leveo and Patricia Sánchez Family Stadium Sept. 24. The university’s Facilities Services division enlisted Brownie’s help as part of a natural weed control experiment.

  • City: More revenue needed before curbside recycling can begin

    Las Vegas residents who wish to recycle materials like plastic bottles or newspapers must continue to haul these items to a recycling center for the foreseeable future.

    While larger cities like Santa Fe and Albuquerque offer collection of recyclable material as part of regular solid waste pickup, it seems for now, this type of program will not be adopted by the City of Las Vegas.

  • Many grandparents raising kids locked out of state aid

    By Ed Williams, Searchlight New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE — Joan Marentes knew her career in the Albuquerque Police Department was over the moment a state worker said she was ineligible for public assistance.  

    Assigned to the Crimes Against Children Unit, Marentes was a decorated detective, named Officer of the Year in 2009 for her work keeping kids out of harm’s way. Often those same kids ended up placed in the care of grandparents or other relatives.

  • Las Vegas businessman praises college instructors

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Cordy Tafoya is a non-traditional student. He is 40 years old and runs a successful business.

    Yet, in the fall of 2017, Tafoya looked at Luna to help solidify his business. Tafoya is a barbering major and is expected to finish his certificate in December.

  • Voting: Court decision cut things close for county clerks

    A New Mexico Supreme Court decision made things a little close for comfort for county clerks around the state, but ballots are printed and early voting is about to begin. 

    The Supreme Court decision was released shortly before San Miguel County Clerk Geraldine Gutierrez and the rest of the county clerks in New Mexico were about to reach one of their major deadlines in the election cycle.

    "We have to have ballots printed and mailed out to stationed military by Sept. 22," Gutierrez said. "So that was a little close, but we made it."

  • Pedestrian crossings being upgraded on National Ave. at NMHU

    Many people who work or live near Highlands University probably noticed a major street closure this week. 

    According to one university official, the work that has brought about closures of some lanes of National Avenue, between Eighth and 11th streets, is a long-overdue safety upgrade.