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  • Solar literacy

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Cornerstones Community Partnerships, through the generosity of an existing donor, has created a Solar Initiative directed to installing and maintaining solar energy on tribal lands and extending into economically challenged northern New Mexico villages.

    In February, Cornerstones, in partnership with Remy’s Good Day Fund, granted the Ribera Community Cultural Center funds to install 14 solar panels to provide the hot water supply for radiant heat throughout the building. The installation was completed on Sept. 10.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, November 4, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 24 and Oct. 31, 2018:

  • Warrant: Psychiatrist over-medicated hundreds of children in his care

    By Amy Linn, Searchlight New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE — Unlike many doctors, Albuquerque psychiatrist Edwin Bacon Hall, 74, accepted patients on Medicaid and saw them in a timely manner. He often treated foster children, who were sent his way with the approval of their legal guardian, the Children Youth and Families Department.

    On at least one occasion in his office, he prescribed drugs while dressed as a clown. But what really got attention was his prescribing practices.

  • New Mexico candidates hone in on crime as Election Day nears

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Up and down the ballot, candidates on both sides of the aisle who are running for everything from New Mexico’s top political post to legislative and judicial seats are capitalizing on the long-festering issue of crime as they hope to win over undecided voters in the sprint to Election Day.

    “In New Mexico, crime is out of control,” U.S. Congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce declared during a news conference Tuesday.

  • Candidates for governor court Native American voters

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Candidates for governor of New Mexico courted Native American communities that account for roughly one in 10 voters statewide on Wednesday, during the final days of early voting.

    Democratic Congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham says she has the endorsement of 10 tribes and a long list Navajo chapter houses that provide local government forums within the Navajo Nation.

  • Ilfeld hosts Highlands’ Jazz Ensemble concert

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents the university’s Jazz Ensemble in concert Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium, located at 900 University Ave.

    Highlands University music professor Edward Harrington directs the Jazz Ensemble and plays bass and trombone for the ensemble. Music faculty member Kevin Zoernig is the pianist and co-director for the concert.

  • Cleared for takeoff

    Fans of the Robertson High School Cardinals have likely heard “Fly with the Birds,” a hip-hop song written and performed by RHS seniors Andres Garcia and Jake Gamel.

    It’s been played at several Robertson sporting events, and the duo has even performed the song live for fellow students.

    Garcia and Gamel, known as Gx2, have been friends for years and have always shared a love of music. They’ve competed in rap battles since they were freshmen, and about seven months ago, they started writing songs together.

  • Safe return

    Sergeant First Class David Muniz, of the New Mexico Army National Guard, just returned home from serving a nine-month tour in Afghanistan with a combined Joint Special Operations Unit. SFC Muniz has earned a Bronze Star Medal while being deployed. SFC Muniz has served his country for a total of 22 years and has two deployments behind him.

  • Bishop vows to relocate accused priest away from Iowa school

    By Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press

    FORT DODGE, Iowa  — A bishop is vowing to relocate a priest who was quietly placed in an Iowa retirement home close to a Roman Catholic school despite his history of sexually abusing boys.

    The announcement by Sioux City Bishop R. Walker Nickless follows an Associated Press story exposing the church’s three-decade cover-up of abuse by the Rev. Jerome Coyle.

  • DWI courts receive international recognition

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The latest annual report from the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD) acknowledges DWI courts as a key strategy in alcohol producers’ commitment to reduce drinking and driving. It notes: