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  • Raising awareness

    Calvin Parson Jr. walks with his family on both sides at the Herrera Complex on Saturday as part of the second annual West Las Vegas Down Syndrome Buddy Walk. The event is meant to honor those who suffer from Down Syndrome and to spread awareness of the disorder and the capabilities of those who suffer from it.

  • Cooking Competition

    Hope Sandoval helps prepare food during Friday’s Cooking for a Cause competition at Highlands University. The event was held as a fundraiser for the causes of Rotary of Las Vegas. Tickets for the event sold out days in advance.

  • NMDOH reports salmonella in beef

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States Department of Agriculture on a multi-state cluster of Salmonella infections linked to ground beef.

    Since late August, NMDOH has identified 30 New Mexico residents that were diagnosed with Salmonella after preparing ground beef at home. Illness duration has averaged 13 days and 27 percent of patients were hospitalized.

  • Optic takes home 10 awards from NMPA convention

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Several Optic staff members, a former staff member and a contributor won 10 awards in the 2018 New Mexico Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, with exact places announced Saturday at the 110th NMPA Convention and Better Newspaper Awards ceremony.

    Three Optic staff members have been awarded first or second place in several categories this year. Most of the entries were in the "Weekly, Class II" lower circulation class.

  • Judge rules for Mora County in White Peak case

    A recent lawsuit judgement from an Eighth Judicial Court judge, in favor of a landowner, was an attempt to put an end to a long-running natural resources dispute.

  • Sullivan gets 10 years in 2016 murder of Marquez

    Fourth District Attorney Richard D. Flores recently announced that Daniel Sullivan, 28, was sentenced to the maximum 10 years in state prison by Judge Emilio Chavez for second-degree murder in the 2016 death of Steven Marquez.

    Sullivan was sentenced on Oct. 12. On June 11, Sullivan pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The plea agreement provided sentencing at the Court’s discretion with a minimum of seven and a maximum of 10.

  • UPDATED: Man held on murder charges following fatal shooting of Rociada man

    A man is being held without bond following the fatal shooting of 46-year-old Roman Lucero of Rociada.

    William R. Daniels, 60, was arrested Saturday night following an investigation by New Mexico State Police and is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on an open count of second-degree murder.

  • Arrest made on murder charge in death of Rociada man

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A man was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Sunday morning following a fatal shooting the prior evening.

    William Daniels has been charged with an open count of second-degree murder following a shooting Saturday night along New Mexico Highway 276 in Rociada. According to a New Mexico State Police news release, officers were dispatched to a report of a gunshot victim.

  • Forty-four years of driving

    Las Vegas native Tony Archuleta has spent 44 of his 84 years behind the wheel of a school bus, and he’s loved every minute of it. In fact, he never missed a day of work.

    During his long career, he has driven buses for West Las Vegas, Rio Gallinas and Las Vegas City Schools, often driving routs for multiple schools in one day.

  • Animal shelter fundraiser again includes fine art

    By Susie Tsyitee, Special to the Optic

    Las Vegas artists, art lovers, and animal lovers invite you to celebrate the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico with refreshments, live music, and great company in the completely remodeled architectural landmark McCaffrey Historic Trolley Building, housing the NMHU School of Media Arts.

    The event is set for Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.