Category: Politics

AG determines PD, city violated sunshine laws

AG determines PD, city violated sunshine laws

From the Las Vegas Optic The City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Police Department violated state law, according to determinations issued last week by the Office of the Attorney General. In a series of determination letters sent to city officials, the OAG concluded that the City of Las Vegas violated portions of both…

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Judge denies mayor’s motion to dismiss lawsuit

Judge denies mayor’s motion to dismiss lawsuit

From the Las Vegas Optic SANTA FE — A First Judicial District Court judge rejected a motion filed on behalf of embattled Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron to dismiss a lawsuit against her. Judge Bryan Biedscheid denied Friday the motion filed by Gurule-Giron’s attorney Carlos Quiñones. Gurule-Giron was not in the Santa Fe courtroom.The lawsuit,…

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A summer of secrets: Police provide little information on multiple homicides, while skirting state law

A summer of secrets: Police provide little information on multiple homicides, while skirting state law

From the Las Vegas Optic Following a particularly violent summer, the Las Vegas Police Department is investigating four homicides and one non-fatal shooting. To date, charges have been filed in just one case. Police have provided the public with very little information on these incidents, and have denied three open records requests made by the…

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Reduced to Rubble: Decay and neglect destroy Las Vegas’ history

Reduced to Rubble: Decay and neglect destroy Las Vegas’ history

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas lost another piece of history recently when a brick building on Grand Avenue crumbled onto the sidewalk below. According to Virginia Marrujo, the interim community development director for the City of Las Vegas, the building near the intersection of Grand and Douglas Avenues once belonged to the Maloof…

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Sold for Sex: Sex trafficking plagues New Mexico women, but no one’s sure how many

Sold for Sex: Sex trafficking plagues New Mexico women, but no one’s sure how many

From the Santa Fe Reporter In 2015, Dallas Grassbaugh was 23, homeless and supporting a debilitating drug habit by selling her body for sex. Then she met Shane Roach. She’d already escaped two sex traffickers by then, and Roach, an aspiring hip-hop artist from Albuquerque, promised he could help and protect her. Roach bought her…

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Espinoza wins Mora sheriff seat; Sanchez cruises to take House District 40 seat

Espinoza wins Mora sheriff seat; Sanchez cruises to take House District 40 seat

From the Las Vegas Optic In the race for Mora County Sheriff, Democrat Amos J. Espinoza defeated Republican Manuel J. Martinez. Espinoza captured 1,302 votes, or 56 percent, to Martinez’s 1,005 votes, or about 44 percent. “I’d like to thank my opponent for running a nice, clean race. He worked really hard at it,” Espinoza…

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Homeless shelter a dominant topic at meeting

Homeless shelter a dominant topic at meeting

From the Las Vegas Optic Residents who live in the areas near Legion Park Elementary School and Memorial Middle School crowded into the Las Vegas City School’s boardroom Thursday night. The Board of Education took public comment on a proposal by the City of Las Vegas to utilize unused school buildings as a temporary homeless…

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City: More revenue needed before curbside recycling can begin

City: More revenue needed before curbside recycling can begin

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas residents who wish to recycle materials like plastic bottles or newspapers must continue to haul these items to a recycling center for the foreseeable future. While larger cities like Santa Fe and Albuquerque offer collection of recyclable material as part of regular solid waste pickup, it seems for…

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Mora fracking film screened in Santa Fe

Mora fracking film screened in Santa Fe

From the Las Vegas Optic Mora County’s attempts to ban fracking are detailed in a new documentary titled “Drilling Mora County,” which was screened Wednesday evening at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe. The nearly hour-long film was written and directed by filmmaker David Luis Leal Cortez, a graduate of the College of Santa…

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WLV principals present plans to raise school grades

WLV principals present plans to raise school grades

From the Las Vegas Optic Three principals faced the West Las Vegas Schools Board of Education to present plans to improve letter grades at their schools. Other WLV principals in the district were in Albuquerque during Thursday’s regular board meeting, where they were receiving certifications and doing teacher evaluations. Those teachers are scheduled to present…

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