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  • In Brief - New Mexico - Oct. 3, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Rodella ousted by commission

    ESPANOLA — Officials in a northern New Mexico county have replaced a convicted sheriff who refused to resign.
    Rio Arriba County commissioners voted 3-0 on Thursday to oust Sheriff Thomas Rodella, who was convicted last week in what prosecutors called a road rage traffic stop. Commissioners then appointed former deputy James Lujan to fill out the remainder of Rodella’s term.

  • Alleged serial burglar nabbed

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 26-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested over the weekend after breaking into three homes and attempting to break into two others, Las Vegas police report.

    Gabriel A. Montoya, who resides on the 700 block of Taos Street, was found with a backpack filled with jewelry, a laptop, a woman’s purse and other items, according to a probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday.

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  • Murder defendant doesn’t want jury

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The man accused of fatally shooting another man to death during a meth-fueled party last May and then conspiring with others to burn down the apartment where the shooting occurred has asked to waive his right to a jury trial.

    Joseph “Wicked” Montoya, 32, is asking instead that his fate be decided by the judge presiding over his case.

  • Watershed Olympics set for Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    It’s time to celebrate outside before the winter cold sets in. The third annual Gallinas Watershed Olympics is happening on Oct. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Gallinas River south of Bridge Street.

    This event, sponsored by the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, is a chance to put work boots aside and have some fun with neighbors to recognize the role of the Gallinas Watershed in our lives.

  • Union sues over teacher eval system

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE— A union representing New Mexico school workers filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to invalidate a new teacher-evaluation system that places a heavy emphasis on student performance on standardized tests.

    The National Education Association-New Mexico filed the lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe against Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera.

  • AG to investigate email flap

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office announced Monday that it’s taking over an investigation into the alleged destruction of emails and other electronic records within the Dona Ana County district attorney’s office.

    Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said it appears the disappearance of the information was not a clerical error, but the planned destruction of state records.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Oct. 1, 2014

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    PNM warns of another scam

    PNM issued a warning to its customers Monday, asking them to beware of a 1-800 number with a recording that sounds just like the real toll-free PNM number. The number is a fake and is a scam aimed at taking your money, the utility said. 

  • Weather - Oct. 1, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon.  Partly cloudy at night with a low around 41. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers after 7 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers before 7 p.m. Clear at night, with a low around 39.

    Sunny, with a high near 74. Clear at night, with a low around 42

  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 1, 2014

    Video, panel discussion scheduled
    Eugene “Gus” Newport, a community activist, will take part in a panel discussion following the airing of a video documentary, “Holding Ground,” at 6 p.m. Friday, at the Leveo Sanchez room on the Highlands University campus. The event is free and open to the public.