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  • 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.

  • Ward 3 candidates a study in contrasts

    They may share the same first name and live in the same ward, but Ward 3 candidates Joseph “Joey” Herrera and Joseph McCaffrey have little else in common.

    Herrera, a 1982 graduate of Robertson High School, grew up in Las Vegas and said he has pretty much lived in Ward 3 all his life. The 47-year old is the son of a full-time Army reservist who served in Desert Storm and of an elementary school teacher who taught at West.

  • Southwest Capital Bank goes solar

    Submitted to the Optic

    Southwest Capital Bank has installed a 15 kilo watt solar system with a battery backup capable of 30 kilo watt hours of electricity.  

    The system was designed and installed by Energy Concepts Corporation, a locally-owned energy company specializing in photovoltaic installations throughout New Mexico.

    “Southwest Capital Bank is excited to make this exciting investment into one of our town’s iconic buildings,” bank President Greg Levenson said.

  • ‘Perfect Grandma’

    Betsy Roybal’s life took an interesting turn last month.

    The 83-year old was chosen as the phase one winner of the Bueno Foods Perfect Grandma contest. On Saturday, Roybal along with representatives from the New Mexico company handed out samples including their traditional “Grandma’s Tortillas” at the local Wal-Mart.

    Roybal’s son Allen Archuleta and his wife, Tina Montoya-Archuleta submitted Roybal’s story to the Bueno Foods Facebook contest.

  • State police officer injured in rollover

    A state police officer responding to a domestic violence call early Monday morning was seriously injured when his vehicle struck an elk on Interstate 25.

    Officer Will Hayoz was pinned inside his vehicle for more than an hour, state police Lt. Craig Martin said. Hayoz was airlifted to St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe once area rescue crews managed to free him from his mangled vehicle.

    Martin described Hayoz’ injuries as fairly extensive, but said that as of Monday afternoon they didn’t appear to be life threatening.

  • Jury selection begins in Astorga sentencing case

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Jury selection began Monday in the sentencing phase of a trial of a man convicted of killing a Bernalillo County deputy.

    Jurors will be asked to sentence Michael Paul Astorga to life in prison or to death, even though New Mexico repealed the death penalty in 2009.

    The state Supreme Court ruled that he was eligible for the death penalty since the crime occurred before the repeal. The court ruled that it applied to crimes committed after July 1, 2009, when the repeal took effect.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 11, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Wilderness bill to be announced  

    ARROYO SECO — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman was scheduled to be in northern New Mexico on Tuesday to introduce new wilderness legislation.

    The New Mexico Democrat says the legislation will call for designating 45,000 acres of wilderness in Taos County’s Columbine-Hondo Mountains. He says the measure would help protect one of the region’s major watersheds.

  • Looking Back - April 11, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 2 — Johnson-Flynn contest is roasted:Ministers register protest against it being staged in Las Vegas. That “the Christian people of Las Vegas should boycott all merchants who are in favor of staging the Flynn-Johnson bout here in July” was the statement of a Las Vegas minister last night to a union meeting of all churches, held at the First Methodist meeting house.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 11, 2012

    Mayoral Q&A session is this Thursday

    Highlands University, through its political science department is sponsoring a question-and-answer session for the mayoral candidates on the ballot for the April 17 runoff. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Highlands’ Sininger Hall, room 100. The forum for the Ward 3 candidates was to be held Tuesday evening.