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Today's News

  • Man awaits competency evaluation in child abuse case

    A Las Vegas man is in jail awaiting a competency evaluation following an arrest for felony child abuse and possession of marijuana.

    Las Vegas Police say Angel Juarez Jr., 28, was arrested Oct. 16 after LVPD responded to a call about an injured child at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. According to an arrest affidavit, the child’s mother told police Juarez had struck her child with a belt as a punishment, and that he seemed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Hometown Cheer

    Las Vegas native Josilyn Benavidez, center, of the HU cheer squad cheers for the Cowboys during the homecoming football game Oct. 20. Senior Day and a salute to the U.S. military were components of the Highlands’ football team’s season finale against Colorado Mesa, which was scheduled for 1 p.m Saturday at Sanchez Family Stadium.

  • 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.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — Nov. 5 to Nov. 9, 2018

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals. Here are the menus for the week of Nov. 5 to Nov. 9.

    MONDAY
    Breakfast: Potato & egg burrito with cheese and salsa.
    Lunch: Beef & macaroni, California blend, garlic stick, and a cupcake.

    TUESDAY
    Breakfast: Cereal, half a bagel with cream cheese.
    Lunch: Posole with cubed pork, red chile sauce, calabacitas, a tortilla, and pudding.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, November 4, 2018

    Sunday, Nov. 4
    At 4 p.m., the Castañeda’s new tower sign — an exact replica per the 1898 drawings — will be hung. This is free to the public. See the Castañeda Facebook page for more details.

    Sunday, Nov. 4
    Meet Sen. Martin Heinrich, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver at the Historic SERF Theater Hall  at 6 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

    Thursday, Nov. 8