Local News

  • Labor board rules in favor of union

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The three members of the New Mexico Highlands University Labor Relations Board spent more than four hours Sept. 13 listening to testimony from department directors about a detailed contract dispute between the union and the university.

    About one month later, the board announced it had ruled, by a 2-1 decision, in favor of the union, which had filed the greviance based on unfair negotiation practices.

  • Study: N.M. not prepped for another recession

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A study says that the New Mexico is not prepared to withstand another recession, should it come, given its depleted financial reserves.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a “stress test” by Moody’s Analytics that that looked at New Mexico’s current state of finances was published earlier this month.

  • In Brief, Wednesday, Nov, 1, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Whitefish contract nixed

    Whitefish Energy Holdings says it is “very disappointed” that authorities in Puerto Rico have canceled its $300 million contract to help rebuild the U.S. island’s electricity system.

  • Trump blasts former aide who pled guilty

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that a former campaign aide thrust into the center of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe “has already proven to be a liar.”

  • Reducing recidivism

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The San Miguel County Commission’s lengthy regular October meeting included informational presentations on a number of key and/or specialized items.

    One of those items was from the Citizens Advisory Committee, requesting the Commission follow up on commitments that past commissioners had made to the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Bail reduced for murder defendant

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A defendent in a San Miguel county murder case, who had been previously held without bail, is still in jail, but a hearing this week changed the circumstances somewhat.

    Ruth Rivera, 53, was being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond. At a hearing last week, Fourth District Court Judge Abigail Aragon changed the terms to $25,000 cash or a $100,000 property bond.

  • Martinez declines invite to discuss bail reform

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is declining an invitation from state lawmakers to discuss her proposal to repeal and replace voter-approved bail reforms.
    This week, Martinez declined an invitation to appear before a panel of lawmakers in a letter that said New Mexico residents are appalled by the results of a constitutional amendment approved by voters last year to reform the state’s bail system.

  • Mora Schools staff reinstated

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A judge ruled this week that the Mora Independent School District must reinstate three employees who were fired without cause more than a year ago.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that former superintendent LeAnne Salazar-Montoya ousted teacher Edwina Romero and counselors Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas without specifying reasons why, prompting the American Federation of Teachers to later sue.

  • NMDOT offers winter driving tips

    Submitted to the Optic

  • In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Celebration in Barcelona