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  • 2 nominated for judgeship

    Longtime attorneys Anna M. Aragon and Gerald E. Baca have made the shortlist for the vacant judgeship in the 4th Judicial District.

    The nominating committee screening applicants for the post announced its recommendations Friday afternoon after interviewing the four people who applied for the job.

    It’s now up to Gov. Susana Martinez to decide whether Aragon or Baca will replace Eugenio Mathis, who resigned his judicial post in late February amid allegations of wrongdoing by the Judicial Standards Commission.

  • Good Friday walk
  • Head Start at West to cut 3 jobs

    Three administrative positions at West Las Vegas Head Start are on the chopping block next school year courtesy of the federal sequester and an audit finding.

    During a special board meeting Wednesday, Head Start Director Joseph Griego told the board the current plan is to cut 5 percent of his annual budget, and that would require the reduction in force of three employees.

  • Education pension overhaul signed

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Retired educators will receive smaller cost-of-living adjustments for the next 30 years under a measure approved by legislators and signed into law Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The new law takes effect July 1, and also will require current teachers and other educational employees to permanently pay more into their retirement system if they earn $20,000 or more a year. There will be no payroll contribution increase for those with salaries below that amount.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 1, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Sunport traffic falls 20 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE — New numbers show that New Mexico’s largest airport saw a 19.4-percent dip in passenger traffic from 2007 to 2012.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Albuquerque International Sunport also has seen a steep decline in the number of daily departures and has lost non-stop service to a dozen destinations since 2008.

  • Looking Back - April 1, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, April 1 — The board of the New Mexico State Hospital began making immediate plans today to select a new superintendent for the controversy-racked mental institution. The board Saturday fired Dr. Thomas Hogshead for poor management after he refused to resign and named Dr. William F. Sears superintendent on a temporary basis.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 1, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the pubic library. This week’s book is “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister. Free and open to the public.
     

  • Weather - April 1, 2013

    Monday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. A chance of rain and snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Tuesday
    A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow at night. Cloudy, with a low around 21.

    Wednesday
    A 10 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

  • Dodge gets $15K pay hike

    The City Council shot down the $30,000 raise that the mayor had proposed for City Manager Timothy Dodge but did agree late Wednesday to boost his pay by $15,000.

    The compromise was hammered out during a closed-door session that lasted just under four-and-a-half hours, the longest executive session the Council has had in recent memory.

  • 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.