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  • Potential trustee pleaded guilty to felony charge

    One of the applicants for the vacant District 2 Luna Community College Board of Trustees position has pleaded guilty to a felony charge.

    Mark Dominguez pled guilty in February 2009 to jury tampering, a third-degree felony. Under an agreement with the court, he was able to avoid having a felony conviction on his record by completing a conditional discharge period ordered by Judge Abigail Aragon.

    Dominguez is slated to be interviewed Wednesday at 1 p.m. in a public meeting in Luna Interim President Ricky Serna’s office.

  • Advocates: N.M. has chance to close education gaps

    By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for New Mexico’s vulnerable public school students said Monday the state has a chance at a new start as a district judge ordered education officials to reshape policies and school funding to meet constitutional responsibilities.

  • The royalty of Mora County

    Mora Fiestas Princess Aliciana Bustillos waves during Saturday morning’s parade. The event, marked by warm weather, included the crowning of 2018 Fiestas Queen Reyanna Trujillo and Little Miss Princess JayLynn Roybal in a Friday ceremony. There was music from around the state and parade entries from a  wide variety of candidates and officials.

  • Partnership expands students’ options

    Courtesy N.M. Highlands University

    Students at Northern New Mexico College and New Mexico Highlands University will have a more streamlined avenue to graduation,  thanks to a new agreement between the two institutions.

    The agreement, signed by the institutions’ respective presidents at the Santa Fe Higher Education Center, creates a partnership that allows students to enroll in courses at one institution when the equivalent courses might otherwise be canceled at the other institution due to low enrollment.

  • Unclear when city "officers" will be appointed

    After several Las Vegas Council meetings within the past couple of months, it seemed it wouldn't be long until Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón appointed qualified permanent personnel for the three "officer" appointed positions — City Manager, City Attorney and Chief of Police — but after last week's regular Council meeting failed to progress into its scheduled agenda, due to the objection of the Council, it's unclear when the mayor will present appointees for Council approval.

  • Woman charged with striking son, 11

    A Las Vegas woman was recently charged with felony child abuse after police say she struck her son in the face during an argument.

    The 11-year-old son of Melissa V. Martinez, 36, called police himself the evening of July 5, crying and telling a dispatcher his mother was striking her boyfriend, Andrew Pino, with a bat, at an apartment in the 200 block of Independence Avenue.

  • A mighty matanza

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a traditional matanza pig roast meal for the community and campus Aug. 25 at the university’s Leveo and Patricia Sanchez Family Stadium  on the NMHU campus.

    Matanzas have been part of New Mexican culture and history since the first Spanish conquistadors arrived in the area in the 16th century.

  • City Schools approves security measures

    Security at Las Vegas City Schools sites was a key focus of Thursday night’s board meeting.

    The board approved a number of items aimed at improving security at all district’s schools, starting with doors. The board approved a purchase order that would replace or repair doors at all City schools at a cost of nearly $90,000.

    “It’s not every door that ought to be replaced,” Director of Operations Tom Meserve said. “Some are just door frames that will bring all doors up to good working order.”

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, July 22, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 11 and July 18, 2018:

    Tavis Blake Nordin, battery (household member).

    Fabian O. Valencia, bench warrant fta/ftp, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer (arrest).

    Jerome Encinias, confinement order.

    Joseph M. Gonzales, aggravated DWI, third offense.

    Andrea M. Cortez, aggravated DWI (0.16 or more), first offense.

    David Samora, driving a car without ignition interlock.