Category: Features

Is perception reality? Police respond to wide variety of calls near shelter

Is perception reality? Police respond to wide variety of calls near shelter

From the Las Vegas Optic Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series exploring police calls for service to Samaritan House, the city’s only shelter. During the three-month period from May 1 through July 31, officers with the Las Vegas Police Department responded to 35 calls for service to Samaritan House, and 36…

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Pickleball: The most popular sport you’ve never heard of?

Pickleball: The most popular sport you’ve never heard of?

From Downtown Albuquerque News When it comes to pickleball, chances are you either know exactly what it is, or you’ve never heard of it. For those in the latter category, pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. It is popular. Really popular, and that popularity is growing. With at…

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The strange lineage of Albuquerque High traces back to a small college in 19th century Colorado Springs

The strange lineage of Albuquerque High traces back to a small college in 19th century Colorado Springs

From Downtown Albuquerque News You probably know Albuquerque High first and foremost as a place near the Big-I where Downtown area teenagers go to learn things, or perhaps through its famous former location in EDo, which was turned into a collection of lofts and condos 20 years ago. But turn back the pages of its…

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The Path Forward: Escaping ‘Smack City’

The Path Forward: Escaping ‘Smack City’

From the Las Vegas Optic Editor’s note: The following is the first part in an ongoing series on the roots of addiction in San Miguel and Mora counties, and the solutions being pursued by local leaders in an effort to help those suffering from addiction. The nickname “Smack City” has haunted Las Vegas for the…

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‘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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