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  • Looking Back - July 15, 2016

    In 1966
    Thursday, July 7, 1966 — William C. (Billy) Wertz, 1210 Seventh St., was one of two students from New Mexico to be a winner in the sixth annual journalism awards in inter-collegiate competition for 1965-66. Wertz won his award in the spot news writing competition. At least twice district singles champion, Wertz competed in tennis tournaments throughout
    the state in doubles with David Warren. He is working for the Associated Press in San Francisco during the summer vacation and will return in the fall from his senior year at Stanford

  • Luna hires trustee’s wife

    By M.E. Sprengelmeyer
    The Communicator

    SANTA ROSA — The wife of a Luna Community College board member has been hired as the new leader of the satellite campus in Santa Rosa, but officials say the hiring followed normal processes and there was no favoritism whatsoever.

  • Council signs off on firing, new directors

    The City Council gave its blessing Monday to City Manager Richard Trujillo’s recommendation that Community Development Director Lindsey Valdez be terminated.

    The 2-1 vote followed a 90 minute closed-door session  during which the mayor, city councilors and city manager discussed personnel matters. Trujillo has said he cannot discuss the reason for the termination with the Optic because it is a personnel matter.

  • Greeting the Harvey Girls — Vegas sees tourism uptick

    Tourism in the state was at a record-breaking high for the fourth year in a row last year, according to state officials.

    Gov. Susana Martinez, along with Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham, said 700,000 additional trips were taken to the state last year, bringing in 33.4 million visitors to the state — an all-time high. Las Vegas got a piece of the tourism pie as well.

  • 15 step up to save Watrous fire house

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Sam Pacheco wants to make sure there’s someone to help should his Fort Union home catch on fire.

    So Pacheco, a 53-year-old maintenance worker at the United World College, joined the Watrous Volunteer Fire Department as did his girlfriend, Maria Archuleta, 41.

    The couple was among 15 to sign up during a Monday meeting to decide whether or not the fire department should close because it had only three to four regular volunteers.

  • Griego to stand trial

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former New Mexico State Sen. Phil Griego has been ordered to stand trial in a corruption case linked to his private commission on the sale of a state-owned building.

  • Weather - July 13, 2016


    HIGH 96° / LOW 59°
    Sunny, with a high near 96. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Wednesday night —
    Mostly clear, with a low around 59. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
    5:56 a.m. to 8:17 p.m.


  • Looking Back - July 13, 2016

    In 1966
    Tuesday, July 5, 1966 — Members of the Jaycees welcomed drivers with refreshments during a road block at the rodeo grounds on State Road 3. Those providing coffee and doughnuts were Andrew Valdez, Tony Elias, Martin Suazo, John Perea, Glenn Hovland, Eloy Martinez and Bobby Segura.

  • BREAKING: Griego to stand trial on corruption charges

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico district court is ordering that former state Sen. Phil Griego stand trial in a public corruption case on charges including fraud, bribery and perjury.

    Judge Brett Loveless found on Friday there was probable cause to pursue nine out of 10 charges filed by the state attorney general's office against the former Democratic lawmaker who resigned in 2015 amid a Senate ethics probe.

  • 'America is weeping': Taking stock after 3 days of tragedy

    AP National Writers

    NEW YORK — Can this really be America in 2016?

    Three tumultuous days have brought echoes of decades past and made clear a public that elected a black president hasn't reconciled its fractured history with race, that a country that lived through unrest and assassinations in the 1960s and 1970s still bubbles with resentment and rage, and that bloody images of violent tragedy aren't going away.