.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Local News

  • State fines Mora school official $16K

    The state Public Education Department has yanked Roger Gonzales’ business license, and it is ordering him to repay $16,446 in school funding that it says he misspent plus an untold sum to cover the costs of the disciplinary proceedings against him.

    Gonzales, the chief operations officer of the Mora Independent School District, was also found to have been carrying out administrative duties without the required administrator’s license.

  • Scuffle between sheriff, deputy sparks investigation

    State police are investigating an incident that unfolded in Mora County on Saturday evening in which a dispute between the sheriff and one of his deputies over the handling of a drunk driving case allegedly resulted in a physical altercation.

    “There was an altercation between a deputy and myself,” Sheriff Thomas Garza told the Optic Thursday. “I don’t know what he was thinking or what... He was pretty much  insubordinate with me, so I terminated him.”

  • Weather - April 13, 2012

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Windy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Saturday

  • Bear sightings begin early

    A bear was found up a tree in the 1200 block of Seventh Street on Thursday morning, according to a report on KFUN radio.

    Martha Johnsen, morning host at the station, told listeners that Game & Fish officials were expected to arrive at the scene, capture the animal and take it back into the wild.

    This may be the first bear sighting of the year inside Las Vegas.
     

  • Campos to remain on primary ballot

    Area voters will get to decide which of two current lawmakers they want representing them in the Senate after the state Supreme Court rejected requests to boot incumbent Pete Campos and other candidates from the ballot for failing to include district numbers on their nominating petitions.

    “I’m grateful to the New Mexico Supreme Court for allowing the voters the opportunity to choose their state senator,” Campos, a Las Vegas Democrat, said Wednesday.

  • Jail Log - April 13, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 3 and April 9:

  • In Brief - News - April 13, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Evaluation changes coming
    SANTA FE  — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration will develop a new system this summer for evaluating the performance of teachers and principals partly based on student achievement.

    The Public Education Department will propose regulations next month and then hold public hearings.

    Martinez said Wednesday the system will be made final this summer and be fully implemented in the 2013-2014 school year.

  • Charge brought in Fla. killing

    By Brendan Farrington and Gary Fineout
    The Associated Press

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  — Amid furious public pressure to make an arrest in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the special prosecutor on the case went for the maximum Wednesday, bringing a second-degree murder charge against the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed black teenager.

  • BREAKING: Court allows GOP, Demo candidates on ballot

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico's highest court is allowing the Senate's top leader and other candidates to appear on the ballot despite incomplete election paperwork.

    The state Supreme Court decided Tuesday that Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, and others will remain candidates although their nominating petitions failed to designate the political district of the office for which they are running.

    A 2011 state law required that information for the first time.

  • Ex-Luna leaders to get contract

    Luna Community College is poised to hire two of its former presidents as consultants to handle grants.

    The college isn’t yet disclosing how much it is planning to pay Leroy “Huero” Sanchez and Gilbert Sena for the work, saying a final contract has yet to be executed. The proposal submitted by the former presidents, however, requests $40,000 for the first phase of the contract, which, according to the RFP, would run through Sept. 30.