Category: Features

‘Deep roots of love’; MMS staff, students memorialize dedicated teacher

‘Deep roots of love’; MMS staff, students memorialize dedicated teacher

From the Las Vegas Optic For nearly three decades, Patricia Pace could be found teaching in classrooms across New Mexico, including Memorial Middle School in Las Vegas. Pace passed away suddenly late last month, but her students and coworkers have made sure her memory will live on for years to come. Those who cherished their…

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Lawsuit alleges Pecos school district ignored child sexual abuses

Lawsuit alleges Pecos school district ignored child sexual abuses

From the Las Vegas Optic A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court last week accuses the Pecos Independent School District of having a “history of indifference” toward child rape and sexual abuse, and of failing to prevent sexual assaults within the district. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a minor identified as “Jane Doe,”…

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Who killed Shana?: Family members still seek answers, justice a year after her body was found

Who killed Shana?: Family members still seek answers, justice a year after her body was found

From the Las Vegas Optic Shana Storey grew up in Pecos. She played volleyball in school, and she liked to ride horses. A wrestling fan, she’d make championship belts out of cardboard and aluminum foil. She was kind, and smiled a lot. She’d also make you laugh, sometimes so much your stomach hurt. These are…

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Go Play Outside: Central Idaho offers fun and adventure for the entire family

Go Play Outside: Central Idaho offers fun and adventure for the entire family

From Idaho Heartland Living There’s no denying it, the last year has been tough for many. Working from home, sitting through Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting and then ending the day by binge-watching the latest streaming shows. There’s also no denying that it’s time to get outside, and what better place to do that than…

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‘Thank you, Las Vegas’: Samaritan House executive director moves on

‘Thank you, Las Vegas’: Samaritan House executive director moves on

From the Las Vegas Optic George Lyon will soon depart Samaritan House, where he’s been the executive director since 2016, but he’s not leaving San Miguel County. Lyon originally moved to the Las Vegas area for a faculty job in the political science department at New Mexico Highlands University. After two years at NMHU, Lyon…

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Invoices show LVCS spends tens of thousands responding to records requests

Invoices show LVCS spends tens of thousands responding to records requests

From the Las Vegas Optic In the six-month period between Oct. 1, 2019, and March 31, 2020, Las Vegas City Schools spent more than $38,000 in legal fees either responding to records requests, researching laws, redacting requests, pushing back against requests and complaints, or responding to the attorney general, according to invoices obtained by the…

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School district resists sharing documents with public, press

School district resists sharing documents with public, press

From the Las Vegas Optic In January 2020, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Larryssa Archuleta addressed the Board of Education with concerns about the number of requests for public records citizens and journalists had filed with the district. During that school year, according to Archuleta, the district had received 10 such requests. Archuleta’s concern, she…

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‘Too much violence’: A challenge to do good things in the wake of a tragic loss

‘Too much violence’: A challenge to do good things in the wake of a tragic loss

From the Las Vegas Optic The snowy evening of Jan. 18 ended in violence when 27-year-old Leroy Phillip Salazar was shot outside his home near Seventh Street and Mountain View Drive. By morning, Salazar was dead and a second man had been transported to a hospital in Albuquerque to be treated for injuries related to…

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Ties That Bind: Federal agents link SNM to Vegas drug trafficking operation

Ties That Bind: Federal agents link SNM to Vegas drug trafficking operation

From the Las Vegas Optic Editor’s note: The following is part four of a series exploring the role street gangs, prison gangs and organized crime play in violence, drug trafficking and addiction within Las Vegas and its surrounding communities. The summer of 2019 was a violent one in Las Vegas. By early August, four people…

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