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  • Councilman to challenge new charter

    The city campaign season is under way, but questions about the city charter remain unresolved, prompting one city councilor to step forward with a legal challenge.

    Councilman Andrew Feldman sent a letter to Mayor Alfonso Ortiz last week saying he would be willing to serve as a plaintiff in a legal challenge so that the new charter’s legitimacy can be settled in court once and for all.

    “We talked about this over the past year, and nobody ever did anything about it,” Feldman told the Optic Tuesday morning.

  • The campaigning begins
  • Prescription pills land man in jail

    A Mora County Sheriff’s deputy conducting a traffic stop Thursday night arrested the driver after finding prescription pills on him used to make heroin, court documents state.

    Eduardo Gallegos, 24, of Mora, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony, and with two misdemeanors, driving while intoxicated and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

    Magistrate John Sanchez set his bond at $20,000 cash only.

  • Mora High nominated for award

    The New Mexico Public Education Department has nominated Mora High School and two elementaries for consideration as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

    The national Blue Ribbon Schools Program is aimed at bringing positive attention to schools where students achieve at very high levels or schools that are narrowing the achievement gap.

    “Each nominee demonstrates a strong commitment to student achievement while helping children overcome significant challenges,” PED states in news release.

  • Looking Back - News - Jan. 25, 2012

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  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 25, 2012

    Literacy fair is Saturday

    The Fourth Annual Literacy Fair will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. This year’s theme is “Reach for the Stars: Read, Read, Read.” The event is free, and all ages are welcome.

  • Weather - Jan. 25, 2012

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. North wind 5-10 mph becoming southwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

  • Recordings back pay-to-play allegations

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    Transcripts of secretly recorded meetings about state investments during Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration show the governor was calling the shots on decisions that steered millions of dollars to a political supporter’s son, an attorney for a whistleblower alleged Monday.

  • Las Vegas Night at Legislature Thursday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas Night at the Legislature is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa in downtown Santa Fe.

    The event is hosted by the City of Las Vegas, San Miguel County Commission, LVSM Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corporation and New Mexico Highlands University.

  • Police recover stolen items

    A San Francisco Giants toaster oven placed inside a black plastic bag and tossed behind a fence on Chavez Street helped Las Vegas police crack a burglary case and recover many of the items stolen from

    Highlands University students while they were away on winter break.

    Now three men are facing criminal charges.