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Las Vegas Optic (Newspaper) - August 31, 2015, Las Vegas, New MexicoMonday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. A 30 percent chance of show- ers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. 50 centslasvegasoptic.com Monday-Tuesday August 31-September 1, 2015 Inside Looking back Weather FYI Looking ahead Vol. 136, no. 104 1 secTion, 8 Pages Sunrise ... Sunset 6:32 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 2 facing exploitation charges FiFty artists Featured Courtesy photo Aspen Tree, Autumn Sun by John Hogan. Second Invitational NM Painters Exhibition opens Sunday By Martín Salazar Las Vegas Optic Two Las Vegas women are facing several felony charges for allegedly coercing a 13-year-old girl to film herself performing a sex act on her- self. Melissa Gallegos, 36, and Miran- da Duran, 20, both of the 600 block of 12th street, were arrested earlier this month and are both facing iden- tical charges: sexual exploitation of a child, a third-degree felony, and two counts of contributing to the delin- quency of a minor, fourth-degree felonies. Both bonded out of jail last week. Arrest warrant affidavits filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court earlier this month state that the inci- dent happened in February and was reported to Las Vegas police on Feb. 26. The Las Vegas police investiga- tion culminated on Aug. 13, with the filing of arrest warrant affidavits for Gallegos and Duran. The 13-year-old girl, who has since moved away, told authorities that the individual seen in the video performing the sex act wasn’t her. She claims that she pulled it off the internet. But the investigator was able to determine that it was made by the 13-year old by looking at the background and surroundings and by confirming that the voices in the background belonged to acquain- tances and family members of the girl. The investigator also found that two other juvenile females acted along with Gallegos and Duran to coerce the girl into making the video. “Miranda Duran and Melissa Gal- legos were both adults at the time of the crime and encouraged the acts of Police: Women coerced girl to create sex tape See Charges, Page 2 By Margaret McKinney Highlands University Sunlight shimmers through the glowing yel-low Aspen leaves against a deep-blue New Mexico sky in John Hogan’s painting Aspen Tree, Autumn Sun. A halo of swirling bees crowns the head of a young brown- eyed woman in Lea Bradov- ich’s painting Beehaloed. An Apache butterfly dancer in traditional ceremonial clothing spreads her arms like wings poised for flight in Kim Reed- Deemer’s painting Wind. These paintings illustrate the diversity of subject matter in the Second Invitational New Mexico Painters Exhibition at Highlands University that features 50 established and up-and-coming artists. The free exhibition opens Sept. 6 in the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave., with a public opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m. “The artists demonstrate an accomplished awareness of contemporary developments in international art,” said James Mann, exhibition curator. “The broad range of skills and styles are a remarkable display of professional achievement.” Mann, who curated more than 50 exhibitions from 1996 to 2005 for the Las Vegas Art Museum in Nevada, said most of the artwork in the Highlands exhibition employs primarily figural rather than abstract representation. High- See Exhibition, Page 2 in 1965 Wednesday, Sept. 1 — Jim Maldonado, a Highlands University journalism major, took over today as Las Vegas Daily Optic sports editor and Bill Magill, Optic sports editor for five years, has been reassigned as city editor and photographer. Magill has been chief photographer as well as sports editor for five years. During that time he was assisted in the photography department by LeRoy Segura, a Highlands University student. Segura was graduated from Highlands this summer and has accepted a teaching position BenefiT BreakfasT A benefit breakfast buffet style meal will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Masonic Building at 518 Douglas. Tickets are $10 per person. This month’s breakfast benefits Masonic scholarships, and the Robertson High School cheerleader squad and the school’s dance team. sPorTs Lady Dons sweep Mora — 7 The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Ser- vice is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home. Deaths Calvin F. Hager Marvin Jesus Maestas Helen H. Marquez See Page 3 for obituaries Reps. want funding restored Highlands lost $572K grant By Martín Salazar Las Vegas Optic Two members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are asking the U.S. Department of Education to reconsider the application submitted by New Mexico Highlands University for a grant that the university had been using to provide support servic- es to low-income and first-generation students for more than four decades. Congressman Ben Ray Luján and Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham sent a letter to U.S. Educa- tion Secretary Arne Duncan on Friday urging his department to “provide a reread” of the university’s funding application. They state that the High- lands application missed the cutoff for a reread by less than one point. “As an open enrollment, Hispanic Serving Institution, NMHU has pro- vided thousands of New Mexican students with a quality and affordable education,” their letter states. “With- See Reps., Page 2 Luján Lujan Grisham A note to our readers Dear Readers, The Optic will be implementing a number of changes in the coming days and weeks, includ- ing a shift in our publication schedule. We will continue to publish three editions a week, but we are eliminat- ing our Monday paper and replacing it with a Sunday edition. Today’s edi- tion will be the last Monday edition we publish. Our first Sunday paper will be our Sept. 6 edition. As part of this shift, several standing features in our Friday paper will move to Sunday, includ- ing our TV guide, our expanded editorial pages and our Mora, church and photo pages. Our Sunday paper will be delivered in the Saturday mail for subscribers, and it will hit the newsstands on Sat- urday evening. In order to meet the post office’s schedule for Saturday delivery, we will be printing our Sunday paper on Friday afternoons. That will inevitably create challenges for us on things like weekend sports coverage, breaking weekend news and some obituaries. We are taking steps to beef up our web coverage and will be posting the latest sports scores, breaking news and obituaries on the Optic website on a timely basis. Of course, a Sunday paper also opens up exciting opportunities for us. The Sunday paper will have a dis- tinct new look, and we will strive to anchor it with news and sports features and investigative reporting pieces. We will also be making changes to the look of our Monday and Wednesday editions. And we will be recon- figuring our community calendar to make it easier to navigate. We hope these changes result in a better experience for you, our readers. And we thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at msalazar@lasvegasoptic.com or call us at 505- 425-6796. Martín Salazar Optic Editor and Publisher

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