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  • Clock ticking on compact

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Casinos run by some American Indian tribes in New Mexico would get to stay open around the clock and offer complimentary food and lodging under a revamped gambling compact negotiated by Gov. Susana Martinez’s office and the tribes.

    A special committee of lawmakers met Tuesday to discuss the latest version, which would also clear the way for the casinos to extend credit to some high-rolling patrons.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 27, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 16 and Feb. 23:
     
    Mackenzie Parson, 35, failure to pay, failure to comply, bench warrant, LV Municipal
    Robert Bowie, 35, parole violation: tampering with UA
    Daniel Lesse, 32, aggravated DWI, careless driving, failure to give immediate notice of accident, driving on suspended revoked license, failure to register vehicle, no insurance
    Efrain Gutierrez, 27, sentenced to Delancy Street Foundation treatment

  • Looking Back - Feb. 27, 2015

    In 1965

    Friday, Feb. 26 — Neighborhood Youth Corps have been authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor for the West Las Vegas and East Las Vegas School systems. The NYC program is designed to help alleviate the poverty which has handicapped many Las Vegas area residents for many years, and to help solve the school dropout problem. Sixty-five youths between the ages of 16 and 21 will be enrolled in the West Las Vegas program, and 132 in the East Las Vegas program. The minimum wage is $1.25 per hour, with youths working an average of 15 hours per week.

  • Looking Ahead - Feb. 27, 2015

    Samaritan House fundraiser is Saturday

    Samaritan House community fundraiser, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m,. on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Montezuma Castle Ballroom on the UWC-USA campus. Event includes a night of international cuisine, a cultural performance, a silent auction, and special activities. Tickets are $25 per person and $10 for children 18 and younger. For more information call 454-4206.

  • Weather - Feb. 27, 2015

    Friday
    A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -4. South wind 15-20 mph. New snow accumulation of 1-2 inches possible. A 50 percent chance of snow at night. Cloudy, with a low around 14. South wind 10-15 mph.

    Saturday
    A chance of snow before 11 a.m., then a chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. South wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

  • Preemption bills worry officials

    Optic Staff and Wire Reports

    Officials in both San Miguel and Mora counties are concerned about a bill making its way through the House that would significantly limit the amount of authority New Mexico counties have in regulating oil and gas drilling within their jurisdictions.

    San Miguel County Commissioner Nicolas Leger said that if the bill ends up getting enacted into law, it would likely invalidate large portions of the San Miguel County drilling ordinance enacted late last year after about three years of hearings.

  • Cookie Mania - Girl, 8, sets sweet sales goal

    Denika Montoya is on a cookie-selling mission. The second grade student at North Star Elementary has set a goal to sell 2,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year. For several years, the famous cookies were hard to come by in Las Vegas, as a local troop appeared non-existent.

    For Montoya, the biggest sales are the chocolate, caramel and coconut cookie, Samoas, and the ever-so-popular Thin Mints.

    “She has been very busy,” said Denika’s mother, Olivia Gonzales, “It is an every-day thing for us.”

  • Mora seeks new manager

    Roughly 19 months after coming on board as Mora County manager, Rebecca Montoya is moving on.

    Montoya, who has been on leave since Feb. 1, is officially giving her 30-day notice on March 1 that she will be leaving the county manager post.

    Mora County has already started advertising for Montoya’s replacement. Anyone interested in the job must submit an application, resume and three letters of recommendation to the county by this Friday.

  • Highway funding gap will top $450M

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico for the first time has a true inventory of the tens of thousands of miles of pavement that crisscross the state, and it shows some roads are in worse condition than previously thought.

    Tom Church, the head of the state’s transportation department, outlined the findings of a recent state-of-the-art road assessment during a legislative committee meeting this week. More than 5,800 miles need anywhere from minor rehabilitation to reconstruction.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 25, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Feb. 24 — A number of area youths received trophies after their participation in the Golden Gloves Tournament in Clovis recently. The group was trained by Fernando Gallegos and sponsored by the Clovis JCs. Their manager is Frank C de Baca. They are Herbert Lucero, 118 pounds; Ray Collins, 126 pounds;  Gilbert Herrera, 134 pounds; Jim Montoya, 112 pounds; Nelson Lopez, 112 pounds and Reyes Maes, 112 pounds.