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Wagon Mound board members’ eligibility in quest... Las Vegas Optic

There is an ongoing court battle between Wagon Mound Public Schools and its superintendent, Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, on whether a vote taken by an ineligible board member on McNellis-Martinez’s contract was valid. But a two-month Optic investigation has revealed that the board has had at least two ineligible board members within the past three years.

Some newcomers to the opera world quickly get inv... Las Vegas Optic
Members of the Santa Fe Opera’s Las Vegas Guild volunteer during a dinner on the opera grounds prior to a performance. Seated from left are Aaron Gallegos, Louie Trujillo and Kim Schilling; standing: Gwen Albers, Rose Contreras-Taylor, Kathy Hendrickson and Rosemary Pierson.

By Gwen Albers
For the Optic

Three years ago, Kevin Johnson would have never considered attending an opera. It seemed boring.

Today, Johnson’s a season- ticket holder for the Santa Fe Opera and belongs to its Las Vegas Guild.

“It’s wonderful and I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly,” she said. “I love the music.”

Luna releases names of eight candidates Las Vegas Optic

Luna Community College released the names of the candidates for the permanent president’s position around noon on Friday.

The eight applicants are James Alarid, Jennifer Carabajal, Eloy Chavez, Manuel J. Lucero, Twila Quintana, Rolando Rael, Joseph Sanchez and Sharon Lalla.

Additional information on each of the applicants was unavailable as of Optic press time.

The college’s board of trustees unanimously voted to appoint a committee to review and screen the applicants during a meeting on Tuesday.

Pearce sues to gain access to larger chunk of cam... Las Vegas Optic

By Morgan Lee
The Associated Press

SANTA FE — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce sued New Mexico’s lead elections regulator on Thursday to seek access to a $1 million campaign war chest as he runs for governor in 2018.

The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office informed the Pearce campaign this week that only $11,000 could be transferred from his federal election campaign account to a state campaign account.

In Brief - New Mexico News - July 26, 2017 Las Vegas Optic

The Associated Press
Balderas: Keep DACA alive
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Friday joined 19 other Democratic attorneys general around the country urging President Donald Trump to keep a program that gives temporary resident status to young immigrants in the country illegally.

In a letter to the president, the attorneys general said the 800,000 immigrant students covered under the Obama-era Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrival Program, or DACA, have been a boon to universities and employers.

Jail Log - July 23, 2017 Las Vegas Optic

The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 13 and July 19:
Justin Martinez, 29, Violation of protection order, resisting and evading,  San Miguel Magistrate Court, Adult Probation.
Jerry Martinez, 40, failure to comply with conditions of probation, probation violation: failure to report; failure to comply with conditions of parole, San Miguel District Court, Adult Probation / Parole.

U.S. to ban American travel to N. Korea Las Vegas Optic

WASHINGTON (AP) —  American citizens will be barred from traveling to North Korea next month following a prohibition on using U.S. passports to enter the country, the State Department said Friday.

The restriction will take effect in late August, 30 days after it is published as a legal notice in the Federal Register sometime next week.

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