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  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, May 20, 2018.

  • San Miguel County Sheriff candidate questionnaires, June 2018 primary

    Here are responses from three of the four Democratic Party candidates for San Miguel County Sheriff in the June 5 primary. Sheriff Gary Gold  is retiring; there is no incumbent. The Optic will publish the response from candidate Tony A. Valdez once received. No candidates from other parties filed to run in the June 5 primary. Read the Optic in the weeks ahead to see other primary candidate replies.

    THEO CARR

    Age: 57.

  • Review: Artists connect Americans with the French

    What a balmy April evening in which to revel in a concert at the Plaza Hotel.

    With Ron Maltais, we expect professionalism and passion, and we were delighted that the renowned Mary Kay Robinson joined him on flute. Since their program was mainly composed by students of the formidable Nadia Boulanger, we were truly treated to a French connection.

    Did Ron know Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron would be in Les États-Unis this week? Peut-être, but I digress.

  • The End of an era

    As longtime Nelson Funeral Home owners plan closing its doors in June, its funeral director, Dwight Torres, weighs his options.
    The Nelsons, Alfredo and Alberta Nelson-Moberg announced their retirement in a May 6 letter.

  • Colorado woman dies in I-25 rollover

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    According to the New Mexico State Police, a Colorado woman was killed in a rollover vehicle wreck that happened Monday at about 1 p.m. along Interstate 25, at mile marker 309, near Pecos.

    The initial investigation indicated a 2005 Saturn passenger car was traveling north on I-25 at a high rate of speed.

    For presently unknown reasons, the Saturn left the roadway and then rolled.

  • Driven to improve

    Theresa Wesner photo

    As summer approaches, more vehicles will be on the roads, increasing the risks of accidents.

    First-responders attended to this late-April wreck on South Grand and a rollover near Robertson High a few days prior.
     

  • LCC duo claims first, second place in heavy equipment contest

    Luna Community College’s Vocational/Technical Studies students John Lucero and Tracy Herrera took first and second place, respectively, at the Associated General Contractors of America Heavy Equipment Rodeo on Friday, May 4 in Albuquerque.

    Lucero narrowly beat out Herrera in the excavator simulator competition by a money score of $1,700 to $1,638.

    The competitors had to load a dump truck within four-minute time.

  • Council agrees to re-zone property used for farmers market

    Re-zoning of property to accomodate a farmers market was one of the few actions taken by the Las Vegas City Council at Wednesday's three-hour regular meeting — but not without a lengthy discussion.

    The Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance moving property, located on the southwest corner of Hot Springs Boulevard and Mills Avenue, from multi-family residential zoning to general commercial zoning.

  • Police: Former Mora Schools coach raped, stabbed student

    A former Mora Schools coach was taken to the San Miguel County Detention Center this week after New Mexico State Police say he raped and later stabbed a female student.

    The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate Apoloino Leroy Blea, 21, of Mora, a former Mora and Pecos Schools coach, for criminal sexual penetration of a 14-year-old sophmore girl at Mora High School while he was an assistant coach and student manager for the MHS boys basketball team.

  • Ribera man drives up to NMSP station drunk with daughter, police say

    The New Mexico State Police say a Ribera man recently showed up to a State Police station in Albuquerque to report a child custody matter — and had been drunk while driving there with a child in his vehicle. 

    According to a news release from the Ralph Garcia, 37, of Ribera, showed up at a State Police station in Albuquerque at about 5:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. His 11-year-old daughter was with him.