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  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Contracting questioned

    SANTA FE — Attorney General Gary King says the State Investment Council mishandled contracting for a law firm to help deal with a federal investigation of New Mexico investments.

    King released a letter Wednesday saying the agency should have used a competitive bidding process to select the firm. Instead, the council used a firm it had contracted with in 2005 and made several contract amendments to expand the scope of work in 2009.

  • West project late, over budget

    Several West Las Vegas School board members are upset about the delay in the completion of a pre-kindergarten building near Luis Armijo Elementary School, and they weren’t happy last week when the architect asked them for additional funds for the project.

    Javier Ortega of the Ortega-Romero-Rodriguez Architects in Santa Fe notified the board of an approximately $9,000 increase in the cost due to a jump in the gross receipts tax rate and changes that needed to be made on the project.

  • Child abuse charges filed against two

    Child abuse charges have been filed in the case of an infant who was bitten and bruised and had suffered two fractured ribs and a spiral fracture of her thigh bone while being cared for by her mother’s friend.

    George Joshua Montoya, 27, and Ivy Natalie Demaranville Taylor, 23, were each charged last month with a single count of abuse of a child, first offense, which is a third-degree felony.

  • Man arrested in Mora break-ins

    State Police arrested a Las Vegas man last week for breaking into two homes in Mora County, according to court documents.
    Both homes were in the Buena Vista area and the alleged break-ins allegedly occurred July 6.

    Andres J. Gallegos, 23, of the 5300 block of Blue Street, is being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center, his bond set at $15,000 cash for each of the two cases filed against him.

  • Missoula Children’s Theatre
  • Groups host veterans job fair

    The Associated Press

    More than five dozen businesses will be looking for military veterans to fill more than 3,500 jobs at a special job fair this week.
    The annual Heroes Hiring Heroes Job Fair will be Thursday at Hotel Albuquerque.

    The New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, the state labor department and the New Mexico Veterans’ Business Outreach Center are among the sponsors.

    State officials say jobs ranging from managerial and technical positions to white- and blue-collar positions are available.

  • Amnesty International gathers to Remember Victims of Torture
  • Refuge system setting goals for next decade

    Submitted to the Optic

    Steve Reichert, president of the local Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, is  among 1,200 professionals and citizen conservationists who will attend a conference on “Conserving the Future.”

  • Looking Back - July 13, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, July 12 — Only 26 days stood between Pedro Robertte, a convict employed with the road gang at Tecolote, and complete liberty. He went about his work joyously, in the belief that soon he would be privileged to lay aside the garb of the felon and return once more to the walks trodden by free men. But such was not to be...  Robertte was stricken dead by a bolt of lightning and his suddenly-granted liberty was the liberation of his soul from his body.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 13, 2011

    Friendship Caravan to make Vegas stop

    The 22nd Friendship Caravan to Cuba will visit Las Vegas from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at Tapetes de Lana on the Plaza. For more information, call 454-6771.