Category: Politics

Breaking Down Barriers: Program decriminalizes addiction by emphasizing recovery, not jail

Breaking Down Barriers: Program decriminalizes addiction by emphasizing recovery, not jail

From the Las Vegas Optic ALAMOSA, Colo. — They are struggling, often at the lowest point in their lives. Then they’re arrested. Charged with a crime, they face fines, fees and maybe even a lengthy sentence behind bars. They come from varied backgrounds and walks of life. The events that led them into the courtroom…

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Data on local COVID-19 testing remains elusive

Data on local COVID-19 testing remains elusive

From the Las Vegas Optic More than 14,000 New Mexicans have been tested for the COVID-19 virus, but the number of people tested in San Miguel or Mora counties is difficult to determine. Data provided by the New Mexico Department of Health does not detail the number of tests given in particular counties, and according…

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Muffy Davis, 2020 Women of the Year

Muffy Davis, 2020 Women of the Year

From the Idaho Business Review Rep. Muffy Davis won her seat in the Idaho House of Representatives in November 2018, capturing more than 56% of votes to become one of just 14 Democrats serving in the 70-member Idaho House of Representatives. “I’m thrilled to be here,” Davis said, “but it’s very hard work.” Davis knows…

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Two Democrats vie for job as top prosecutor

Two Democrats vie for job as top prosecutor

From the Las Vegas Optic Voters in this June’s Democratic primary election will have to choose between two candidates for the position of district attorney in the Fourth Judicial District. No Republicans filed to run, placing more importance on the results of the primary election since the winner will run unopposed in November’s general election.…

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DA Flores won’t seek re-election

DA Flores won’t seek re-election

From the Las Vegas Optic After serving four terms as the top prosecutor in San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties, District Attorney Richard Flores has decided not to seek re-election. “After four terms, and about 16 years in this position, I just thought it was time to hand over the reigns to someone else,” Flores…

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AG scolds LVCS for multiple violations of records law

AG scolds LVCS for multiple violations of records law

From the Las Vegas Optic Las Vegas City Schools illegally withheld documents and charged unlawful fees for access to public records, according to a determination letter issued Jan. 27 by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. The OAG’s determination was issued in response to multiple violations of New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records…

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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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