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  • Body of missing man returned to family

    The body of a man who went missing last fall has been returned to his family so that there can be a proper burial and services.

    The date of death for Johnny "Juno" Garcia, Jr., 42, is listed as March 6, 2018, the day his remains was found by a ranch hand on property not far from Sapello. The discovery happened exactly five months after Garcia had last been seen walkng along N.M. 518 in the Sapello area.

  • Amtrak line under tough project requirements

    New safety and construction mandates — and the expense and short time window for implementation — have raised new concerns about federal support for a rail line that runs through Las Vegas. 

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, May 27, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 16 and May 23, 2018:

    Robert Clarke, Bench Warrant, Failure to appear / Failure to Pay.

    Rita E. Sandoval, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    Lazarus Shawn Fahey, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    Angela J. Padilla, Two Bench Warrants, Fta/Ftp.

    John Paul Chavez, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    Christopher J. Salazar, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    John F. Salazar, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance.

  • Man arrested for attempted murder

    A man was recently arrested on charges of attempted murder, shooting at or from a vehicle and two counts of child abuse after Las Vegas Police say he recently ambushed a couple pulling up to a home on Dalbey Drive.

  • Mass before Sunday movies

    A sprightly nonagenarian who just recently turned 95 has many interesting stories about her life as a mother of several, a schoolteacher and a hard worker who was never above performing menial tasks to support her family.

    But to be complete, this story about Isabelita Benavidez needs to begin in the days of one-room schoolhouses, cars that were guaranteed to have blowouts, and times when a nickel or dime allowed people to buy things.

  • Alumnus, longtime educator appointed as regent

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    Dan Padilla knows how Highlands University transforms lives. He is living proof.

    “It’s enriched me in the knowledge that there’s a lot out there for anyone who has a dream or desire to do something,” said Padilla, whom Gov. Susana Martinez named as a recess appointment to the Highlands Board of Regents.

    “Attending Highlands impacted my life, defined who I am, and has inspired me to impact kids to continue their education.”

  • Library announces new state-system status at event

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    On April 21, the Villanueva David F. Cargo Library at the El Valle Community Center in Villanueva hosted its fourth-annual Storyteller Event  with the theme “Preserving our Cultural Tradition,” complete with Spanish dancing, drumming, and readings of works by local New Mexico children’s authors.

  • Fort Union volunteer wins prestigious award

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Fort Union National Monument volunteer Mitch Barker has taken home the prestigious National Park Service regional George and Helen Hartzog Award.

    Each year the award goes to a national park volunteer “who gives of his or her skills, talents, and time beyond the normal call of duty.”

  • School board awards

    Alice L. Wagoner/Optic photo
    The recipients of the New Mexico School Boards Association Excellence in Student Achievement award are Christina Lovato, Evangeline Griego, and Michael Lopez.

    The three West Las Vegas High School seniors were recognized during the May 14 WLV Schools Board of education meeting.
     

  • Sworn in as Councilor

    Courtesy of City of Las Vegas
    David Ulibarri, Jr. raises his right hand during an April 20 ceremony in which he took the oath of office as a Las Vegas City Councilor.

    Ulibarri was initially chosen by Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron to represent Ward 1 on the Council when she won election as mayor in 2016 and was elected to what will be his first full term in this spring's regular elections.

    Ulibarri is joined in this photo by his sister, Irene Ulibarri, a witness, along with his choice to swear him in, Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo.