https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en LV police investigating Chavez St. homicide https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/lv-police-investigating-chavez-st-homicide <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/64575746_10157241093878674_3005180057141379072_n.jpg" alt="Las Vegas Police responded early Saturday morning to a call that led to a homicide investigation at this home on Chavez Street. Not many details have been released. " title="Las Vegas Police responded early Saturday morning to a call that led to a homicide investigation at this home on Chavez Street. Not many details have been released. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Las Vegas Police are investigating a homicide that apparently occurred Saturday morning on the west side of Las Vegas.</p> <p> Police were called to the 1100 block of Chavez Street early Saturday morning and ended up investigating a homicide involving the death of one adult.&nbsp;</p> <p> Many details, such as the identity or the victim or any circumstances, have not been released yet, as Las Vegas Police Cmdr. Steve Pacheco said the family has not yet been notified. He said the department is not naming a suspect but is &quot;actively searching for people of interest.&quot;</p> Former state senator, with San Miguel ties, out of prison https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/former-state-senator-san-miguel-ties-out-prison <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/griegophil2.jpg" alt="Phil Griego" title="Phil Griego" align="left" hspace="6" width="54" height="85" /><p> SANTA FE &mdash; A former New Mexico state senator whose conviction on corruption-related criminal charges helped spur state ethics oversight reforms was released from prison Tuesday.</p> <p> Former Democratic Sen. Phil Griego was released on parole after 15 months of incarceration in a state corrections facility for the elderly and infirm in Los Lunas.</p> <p> A spokesman for the governor&rsquo;s office, Tripp Stelnicki, confirmed Griego&rsquo;s release.</p> Jail Log Sunday's Optic, June 16, 2019 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/jail-log-sundays-optic-june-16-2019 <p> <em>The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 5 and June 12, 2019:<br /> </em></p> Professor of the Year https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/professor-year <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/corey-rivas-prof_year_2019.jpg" alt="Highlands University has named biology professor Sarah Corey-Rivas Professor of the Year for the 2018-19 academic year. She said more than 10 Highlands students have worked with her on research involving the threatened boreal toad and its immune system." title="Highlands University has named biology professor Sarah Corey-Rivas Professor of the Year for the 2018-19 academic year. She said more than 10 Highlands students have worked with her on research involving the threatened boreal toad and its immune system." align="left" hspace="6" width="71" height="85" /><p> <em>By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University</em></p> <p> Highlands University has named biology professor Sarah Corey-Rivas Professor of the Year for the 2018&ndash;19 academic year.</p> <p> Each spring an independent selection committee composed of students, faculty and staff reviews the nominations for Professor of the Year and selects a winner.</p> <p> Corey-Rivas said she is touched that her students nominated her for Professor of the Year. &ldquo;This award helps me know that the respect and admiration I feel for my students is mutual.&rdquo;</p> Plea agreement reached in child abuse, sex assault case https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/plea-agreement-reached-child-abuse-sex-assault-case <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6_16_c_chavez_cymk.jpg" alt="C. Chavez" title="C. Chavez" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> <em>By Ryan Lowery, Special to the Optic</em></p> <p> A trial slated to begin this month for a case involving a Luna Community College employee will not be necessary after a plea agreement was recently reached.</p> <p> Christopher M. Chavez, 39, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to interference with communications and attempting to commit false imprisonment, both misdemeanors.</p> New Mexico In Brief, Jun 16, 2019 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/new-mexico-brief-jun-16-2019 <p> <em>The Associated Press</em></p> <p> <strong>Judge dismisses two counts against former state tax secretary</strong></p> <p> SANTA FE &mdash; A New Mexico judge has dismissed two of three remaining criminal charges against former state Tax Secretary Demesia Padilla but prosecutors say those charges will be refiled in another court.</p> <p> District Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer on Friday ruled that prosecutors didn&rsquo;t provide evidence that alleged acts underlying an embezzlement charge and another count occurred in the judicial district that includes Santa Fe County.</p> Two NMHU students awarded Seabury Fellowships https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/two-nmhu-students-awarded-seabury-fellowships <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6_16_becca_sharp_jamie_garcia.jpg" alt="Becca Sharp, left, an Albuquerque native and third-generation Highlands student, received the 2018-19 Seabury Fellowship, and Jamie García, a native of Las Vegas, received the 2017-18 fellowship." title="Becca Sharp, left, an Albuquerque native and third-generation Highlands student, received the 2018-19 Seabury Fellowship, and Jamie García, a native of Las Vegas, received the 2017-18 fellowship." align="left" hspace="6" width="124" height="85" /><p> <em>By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University</em></p> <p> Two Highlands University media arts and technology students have each received $2,500 fellowships to develop independent projects, thanks to the Seabury Foundation and the Highlands Foundation.</p> <p> Becca Sharp, an Albuquerque native and third-generation Highlands student, received the 2018-19 Seabury Fellowship, and Jamie Garc&iacute;a, a native of Las Vegas, received the 2017-18 fellowship.</p> Qué Pasa, Sunday, June 16, 2019 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/qu%C3%A9-pasa-sunday-june-16-2019 <p> Monday, June 17<br /> Folk art embroidery works, by Egyptian artists, will be available for sale at Threadbear, 1813 Plaza in Las Vegas through Monday, June 17. Proceeds from the sale will benefit a women&rsquo;s co-op in Akhmim, Egypt.<br /> <br /> Tuesday, June 18<br />