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Baca sentenced to 7 years in sex case Las Vegas Optic

Benjamin Baca, the 76-year-old Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual penetration against mentally ill women, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

The sentence is the maximum allowable under terms of a plea agreement reached in February. District Judge Matt Sandoval, in ordering the sentence on Friday, called the case "disturbing."

OB services return to Las Vegas Las Vegas Optic

Tragedy struck the area in March 2016 as Desiree Amanda Castillo and her unborn son Ezra Augustine Castillo died as a result of a car accident near Rowe along interstate 25. The pregnant Desiree was returning home with her husband Carlos when suddenly a gust of wind pushed the family’s gold colored Infiniti SUV, causing the vehicle to spin out of control and roll. Just a few hours before the crash Desiree and Carlos found out that she was carrying a son.  

Symposium allows city, county to compare notes Las Vegas Optic

Monday and Tuesday, city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County officials gathered to discuss several issues pertaining to the area. The topics included senior citizens, community development, health care, homeless, housing, a drug task force, watershed thinning, quality of life and education. Many local leaders were also in attendance during the two-day symposium, which took place in the student union building on the campus of Highlands University.

Special session: Budget approved; on to taxes Las Vegas Optic

The Associated Press
SANTA FE  — The New Mexico Legislature has sent a bill to the governor that would tap severance tax bonds to fill a budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year.

The state House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to suspend infrastructure projects and bolster the state general fund by $100 million in the coming fiscal year.

Of those funds, $19 million are one-time transfers of money from dozens of state government accounts.

One family — four 2017 grads Las Vegas Optic
One family had four members graduate this month from West Las Vegas High School and the University of New Mexico. From the left are WLV graduate Marcus Coca, UNM graduate Adam Estrada-Gonzales, and WLV graduates Allysa Salas and Samuel Lujan-Coca. Marcus Coca is the  son of Marco Coca and Audra Estrada. Estrada-Gonzales is the son of Audra Estrada, Mark Gonzales and Marco Coca. Salas is the daughter of Audra Estrada and Marco Coca. Lujan-Coca is the son of Tomasita Coca, nephew of Marco Coca and Audra Estrada and grandson of Mike and Phoebe Estrada, Nick and Anna Mae Coca and Carmen Gonzales.
In Brief - News - May 26, 2017 Las Vegas Optic

The Associated Press
Brits angry about leaks
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — British police arrested two more people and searched a new site in Manchester suspected of links to the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, as British authorities complained bitterly Thursday about investigation leaks by U.S. officials.

UNM to cooperate with state audit Las Vegas Optic

The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE — University of New Mexico acting President Chaouki Abdallah says the school will cooperate with state auditors as they review the spending of public money on a 2015 golf trip to Scotland that included university athletics officials and private donors.

Abdallah said Wednesday that the university is looking forward to a timely process.

The state auditor’s office says the review has been ongoing for at least three weeks.

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