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  • Ousted Santa Fe Community College president contests dismissal

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The ousted president of Santa Fe Community College is citing a state law providing protections for whistleblowers as she contests her firing.

    Lawyers for Ana “Cha” Guzman say the college board fired her in retaliation after she wrote a letter to the state auditor in October to request an investigation into the college’s finances.

    The college board fired Guzman last month, saying it was invoking a contract provision that allows dismissal for “just cause.”

  • Victim’s name released

    State police have identified the Mora County man who was stabbed at his home on Christmas Eve following a home invasion.

    The victim is Selso Romero, 69, state police Sgt. Damyan Brown confirmed on Tuesday. Brown said Romero has  been released from University of New Mexico Hospital, where he was transported for treatment.

    Police have said that Romero was robbed and stabbed. He told police there were two men.

    State police ask that anyone with information about the home invasion and stabbing contact Sgt. Ben Romero at 425-6771.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 3, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 16 and Dec. 29:
    Nancy Jaramillo, 42,  failure to appear, bench warrant San Miguel District
    Jeffrey Sanchez, 24, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, Adult Probation Office bench warrant, failure to report SM Magistrate /Adult Probation Office
    Valentino Benavidez, 39, failure to register as sex offender bench warrant  San Miguel Magistrate

  • Looking Back - Jan. 3, 2014

    In 1964

    Friday, Jan. 3 — The Gallinas skating pond has been given a big play by skaters during the recent weeks of cold nights, sunny days and no snow. The Las Vegas Skaters Association keeps the ice clear of what snow may fall and sees to it the pond is in skating shape. Las Vegans are lucky to have such a beautiful skating area close at hand.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 3, 2014

    Tri-County Farmers Market

    The Tri-County Farmers Market will continue through the winter months. Fresh produce and beautiful crafts at the winter location in the Travelers’ Cafe on the Plaza. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.

  • Weather - Jan. 3, 2014

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon.  Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29. West wind around 15 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 9.
     

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Texting, dialing increase risk

    By Marilynn Marchione
    Chief Medical Writer
    A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

    This one did not distinguish between handheld and hands-free devices — a major weakness.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 3, 2014

    The Associated Press

    ‘Tapia’ film to make debut
    ALBUQUERQUE — A documentary on the rise and fall of world champion boxer Johnny Tapia will make its Albuquerque debut next month.
    “Tapia” is scheduled to be shown Feb. 13 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
    The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and was shown at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival in October, where it won the Grand Jury Award for best documentary.

  • Caretaker: Child’s death avoidable

    From the Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The family that helped raise a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy who died after police say his biological mother kicked him repeatedly claims the child’s death could have been prevented.

    Police found Omaree Varela unresponsive in his family’s home Friday. His mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus, 38, was arrested after telling police she got angry and kicked him. She’s facing a charge of child abuse resulting in death. It wasn’t clear if she had a lawyer yet.

  • Alta Vista CEO leaving

    After just 11 months at the helm, Alta Vista Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Cahill has decided to call it quits.

    Cahill confirmed to the Optic Monday that she submitted her resignation earlier this month. She is leaving her post the second week of January.

    Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, which owns the hospital, has named Elmer Hyde to take over as interim CEO after Cahill leaves. According to Cahill, the company plans to launch a national search for her permanent replacement after the first of the year.