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  • Weather - Oct. 8, 2012

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42. West wind around 15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 37.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

    Thursday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

  • Mora schools chief resigns

    MORA — Less than two-and-a-half years after being selected for Mora Independent School District’s top post, embattled Superintendent Thomas Garcia has resigned.

    School board chairman Arthur Romero said he received Garcia’s resignation letter late Monday.

    Garcia’s resignation follows an overwhelming no-confidence vote against him from school employees, a protracted and nasty battle with many of the district’s parents and students over the suspension of the popular music teacher and dwindling support from the Mora community.

  • Safeguarding artifacts - Gorras Blancas items moved

    More than a century ago, Las Gorras Blancas or “The White Caps,” rode into town demanding fairness and protesting what they saw as injustice involving land grant litigation in Las Vegas.

    Historians have called the Gorras Blancas movement the most significant protest movement by native New Mexicans since the Taos Revolt of 1847, and descendants of the original Gorras Blancas have been safeguarding artifacts from the group for more than a hundred years.

  • Ex-cop again facing charges

    The former Las Vegas police officer who got in trouble with the law several years ago for defrauding the city is in hot water again.

    Shawn Montoya, 41, who resides on Erb Place, was arrested and charged last Friday with fraud, a third-degree felony, and with two counts of embezzlement, two counts of forgery and a single count of identity theft, all fourth degree felonies.

  • Former Highlands regent indicted

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The former governor of the Santa Ana Pueblo and a former New Mexico Highlands University regent have been indicted on charges they embezzled at least $3.6 million from a group formed by the state’s 19 pueblos to develop the old Albuquerque Indian School property.

  • NM counties, cities try to lure nuclear waste

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Four government agencies in southeastern New Mexico are getting together to try to persuade the federal government to put a high-level nuclear waste site in their region.

    Eddy and Lea counties and the cities of Carlsbad and Hobbs said this week they’re working on a partnership with French nuclear conglomerate Areva to promote a storage site for waste from nuclear power plants.

  • Education ‘rock stars’ to present at conference

    Submitted to the Optic

    A team called the “rock stars” of education will present at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s 15th Annual Conference on Education Oct. 11-12, 7-30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Conference Center.

    Harry K. Wong and Rosemary Wong, the most sought-after speakers in education and authors of the best-selling book, The First Days of School, will present the keynote session on “Effective Teaching.”

  • Jail Log - Oct. 5, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1:
    Keith Martinez, 21, aggravated assault/battery with a deadly weapon
    Venessa Garcia, 22, forgery, possession, delivery, manufacture of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting larceny
    Robert Bowie, 32, forgery, tampering with evidence
    Antonio Goke, 20, assault upon a peace officer, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer
    Armando Garcia, 51, public nuisance
    Juan Rubio, 32, felony warrant

  • Looking Back - Oct. 5, 2012

    In 1962

    Friday, Oct. 5 — The Castañeda Hotel, operated by Leonard Hoskins Post 24, American Legion, will close on Oct. 15. The closing action is brought about by continued financial operating losses,” Elmer C. Mason, post commander, said today.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 5, 2012

    Highlands parade is Saturday

     New Mexico Highlands University will hold its Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. this Saturday. This year’s theme is “Paint the Town Purple – Viva Highlands.” Parade entries may be picked up at the Office of Campus Life in the Student Center or by calling 454-3201, 454-3495, or 454-3590.