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  • Senior profile - Ted Maestas

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    At the risk of applying a trite and ambiguous phrase to characterize Ted Maestas, one can assert that he has always been a “go getter.”

    Ted was born in 1936, to Candido and Alicia Maestas and grew up on the family ranch in Maestas Canyon, along with his brother, the late Joe Maestas Jr.

  • CASA member asked to quit

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    CASA board president, Mack Crow has resigned from the local child advocacy organization after fellow board members demanded he give up the position due to public statements he made in support of an old friend recently convicted of child molestation charges.

    “It was a cowardly action,” said Mack Crow of the board members’ decision to call a special meeting among themselves and vote to demand his resignation.

  • Mora board hires ex-superintendent

    Three years after Dora Romero blew the whistle on misspending and quit her job as superintendent of the Mora Independent School District, she is back at the helm.

    The Mora school board voted unanimously on Tuesday to select Romero as the district’s next superintendent. She was among four candidates interviewed for the job.

  • Gov signs law requiring agendas 72 hours in advance

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico residents will have more notice about public meetings under legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    Governmental groups, ranging from city councils to school boards and state regulators, will be required to make their meeting agendas publicly available 72 hours in advance. They currently must provide a 24-hour notice of a public meeting agenda.

  • Staunch Republican, Root, ‘worked hard for change’

    Melvin Clayton Root, a retired educator and leader of the local Republican party who twice ran unsuccessfully for a seat in the state Legislature, has died. He was 79.

    Root, better known by his nickname “Mel,” was a staunch Republican in a county dominated by Democrats. He died Tuesday morning after a brief battle with cancer, said Susan Tsyitee, a longtime friend and chair of the San Miguel County Republican party.

  • In Brief - Local News - March 29, 2013

    Optic Staff Reports

    Judge applicant withdraws  
    One of the five candidates who applied to replace former Judge Eugenio Mathis has withdrawn her name from consideration.
    Floripa Gallegos notified the judicial selection office that she no longer wished to be considered for the post.

  • Looking Back - March 27, 2013

    In 1963

    Friday, March 29 — General Motors has announced that Joe M. Romero, local Chevrolet dealer for the past 10 years, has been reappointed to serve as GM Community Relations chairman for this area. He can make available to the public a variety of interesting and educational materials in the form of motion pictures, booklets and presentations from GM’s Public Relations staff. One of the films is “Farmer of Tennessee,” produced especially for the Future Farmers of America.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 29, 2013

    Easter Egg Hunts

    Las Vegas Elks Lodge will hold its annual Easter egg hunt at Robertson football field at 1p.m. this Sunday. The City of Las Vegas Museum is also hosting an Easter egg hunt from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Carnegie Park.

  • Weather - March 29, 2013

    Friday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Southwest wind 10-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Northwest wind around 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38.

  • Legislative action could force cities, counties to hike taxes

    The Associated Press
    The New Mexico Legislature’s decision to phase out state reimbursements to local governments for not taxing food and medicine could lead some city and county governments to raise taxes.
    The plan adopted by the Legislature on March 16 will require large and mid-sized city and county governments starting in 2016 to accept a payout between 6 percent and 7 percent smaller each year until the state’s “hold harmless” subsidies for the food and medicine taxes are entirely eliminated by 2030.