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  • Ex-CYFD worker gets probation

    The former Children, Youth and Families Department case worker arrested in August for hosting an out-of-control, underage drinking party at her home pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

    Justina Romero, 29, appeared before District Judge Matthew Sandoval.

    She was sentenced to 18 months of probation, in accordance with the plea deal she reached with prosecutors.

  • A New Vision

    Loretta Abreu-Martin had a vision when she returned home to Las Vegas after being hired as the recreation director at the city’s Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

    The Meadow City native lived in Maine for several years, but soon found herself back home, bringing with her a vision.

    “I wanted to start a true recreation department,” Abreu-Martin said during a recent interview.

    Since taking the reins at the recreation center Martin has implemented several programs.

  • Police say beating investigation ongoing

    The city of Las Vegas Police Department continues to investigate the July attack that left a local man in the intensive care unit for a month, Chief Christian Montaño said.

    John Esquibel, 27, is out of the hospital, but he continues to suffer from injuries sustained in the July 12 attack. His speech is impaired, and he has weakness in his right hand, family members say. He can’t see out of his right eye, and his hearing on one ear is impaired.

  • Educators question rules for grading schools A-F

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Educators on Monday cautioned Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration against rushing the implementation of a new law requiring the state to assign grades to rate the performance of public schools.

    Teachers, superintendents and others raised questions about the grading system at a hearing by the Public Education Department on proposed rules for evaluating schools.

  • Optic staffers win Press Association awards

    Staff and Wire Reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Las Vegas Optic won the public service award in its division Saturday for its extensive coverage and editorials on the turmoil with last year’s Fiesta Council.

    This was the third time the Optic has won the public service award in the last six years.

    The New Mexico Press Association and New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors announced the winners of the 2011 Better Newspapers Contest at their annual meeting Saturday.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 2, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, Nov. 1 — During the past month 12 arrests, all on the charge of drunkenness, have been made on the East side. Of this number two culprits have also been charged with disorderly conduct and another with trespassing. This record as compared with the month of September, is an increase of three. Compared with last year’s record for October it is a decrease of 15. Most of the arrests were made in the early part of the month and several days ago the jail was without an occupant.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 2, 2011

    Highlands concert is Saturday

    The New Mexico Highlands University Music Department presents the NMHU Wind Ensemble Fall Concert, 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets: general admission - $5 and all student/children (10 years and under) no charge.

  • Weather - Nov. 2, 2011

    Wednesday
    A slight chance of snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. North wind 10-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25.  

    Friday

  • Women file gender lawsuit

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Seven women in Bernalillo County’s budget department have filed a federal lawsuit against the county alleging gender discrimination and demeaning behavior from male supervisors.

    The lawsuit filed in September claims Bernalillo County violated state and federal civil-rights laws through “systemic county-wide discriminatory treatment” of its female employees. The lawsuit also said the women suffered “numerous gender-stereotyping or disparaging comments on account of gender.”

  • Tobacco payments declining for NM

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Big Tobacco’s payments to New Mexico for smoking-related deaths are declining, joining a number of states that are seeing drops due to falling national smoking rates, a state economist told state lawmakers.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that state economist Elisa Walker-Moran said Monday that New Mexico expects to receive $38.6 million from tobacco companies this year, down from $40.9 million in 2010.