Local News

  • Highlands workers to get bonuses

    New Mexico Highlands University employees who haven’t seen a pay raise since the fall of 2009 will get bonuses next month.

    Full time employees who have been with the university prior to Jan. 1 will get one-time $500 bonuses in April. Regular part-time employees will be given prorated bonuses.

  • Prescribed burn under way in Pecos/Las Vegas district

    Submitted to the Optic

    A 144 acre prescribed burn was to have begun Tuesday on the Santa Fe National Forest, weather conditions permitting.

    Fire managers plan to treat 50 to 100 acres per day within a two day period.

    The name of the project is the Southwest Barbero prescribed burn. The treatment is expected to take place 12 miles south of the Rowe/Glorieta Mesa near Forest Road 124, and 12 miles south of Pecos. Treatment will be by hand ignitions.

  • Looking Back - March 28, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, March 12 — San Miguel County residents secured good appointments at the hands of the state legislature. Manuel D. Pino was made Sergeant at Arms and Nepumoceno Duran was selected as reading clerk of the senate.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 28, 2012

    Low cost pet vaccinations available

    A low-cost vaccination clinic for pets will be held from noon to 3 p.m. this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Luna Community College Motor Pool Building. Services offered: Rabies — $10, Parvo/Distemper — $10, Feline/Distemper — $10, Deworming — $5, Tape Deworming — $5 — $15 and Microchipping — $6. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.

  • Weather - March 28, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 44. West wind 5-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42.  

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42.

    Sunny, with a high near 75. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

  • Campos candidacy challenged

    Less than a week has elapsed since candidates filed their paperwork to get on the June 5 primary ballot and already the gloves have come off in the race for the District 8 Senate seat.

    Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocaté, reached out to the Secretary of State’s Office on Wednesday to challenge the candidacy of his opponent, incumbent Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas.

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  • Highlands officers upset with chief

    A dispute between several members of the New Mexico Highlands University police and security department and its chief have escalated, and officers are now threatening to hold a vote of no-confidence on their leader and to form a union.

    The dispute has been brewing since at least January, when several officers were given written reprimands for failure to follow departmental policy and for insubordination. Officers contend that what they are being asked to accomplish is impossible and that it places the safety of the campus community at risk.

  • Local Masons win national award

    The Las Vegas-based Chapman Lodge has been awarded a national Mark Twain Award by the Masonic Information Center for its community outreach activities.

    Of the roughly 10,000 lodges across North America, only 18 received Mark Twain Awards for their work in 2011.

    Robert Ramsdell, of Belen, who was lodge master last year, called the award a big deal for the area.

  • Lawsuit asks for new PRC districts

    The 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has appointed a three-judge panel to hear a lawsuit filed against the secretary of state and governor over redistricting of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.

    Court of Appeals Judge Harris L. Hartz, U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson and U.S. District Judge James A. Parker were appointed on Friday.

    Also on Friday, Summons were issued to Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran and to Gov. Susana Martinez.