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  • 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.

  • 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.