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  • 2 hurt in DWI crash, police say

    Two people were found hurt after a suspected DWI crash in Mora County near Rociada.


    According to court records, a state police officer showed up to the site of a crash around 2:30 p.m. Nov. 26 on N.M. Highway 105. A white Chrysler was found on its roof.


    State police reported that an 11-year-old boy was on the ground near the car and was in serve pain, complaining that his legs were hurting. The driver, Ramon Martinez, 18, of Rociada was on the ground near the driver’s side door, police said. He said his back was hurting.

  • Fire destroys restaurant in Mora

    Mora residents woke up Sunday morning with a cloud of smoke over them as Hatcha’s Restaurant burned. The eatery was destroyed.


    A passerby noticed smoke coming from the back of the restaurant as he drove by and stopped at the Allsup’s convenience store to report it.


    Mora Fire Chief Dennis Romero said he got the call about the fire shortly before 5 a.m. He said his department was there within 15 minutes.  

  • Group: Books not secret

    Some argue that the finances of the Fiesta Council are a mystery, but the group says that’s untrue.


    In an mass e-mail last week, the Fiesta Council disputed allegations that it had kept its books a secret. But the city’s top official said that he doesn’t recall the group ever showing its finances in detail.

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  • City: Give us your water

    The Las Vegas City Schools doesn’t appear as open as West Las Vegas to giving some of its water rights to the city of Las Vegas.


    City officials have made presentations to both school boards, with the most recent one being on the east side.


    Utilities Director Ken Garcia asked the City Schools board to donate four acre-feet of the 24 acre-feet it owns to the city as a goodwill gesture. He proposed the same deal Mayor Alfonso Ortiz pitched to the West board a few weeks ago.

  • Ex-regent to run for East board; West member seeks re-election

    Two candidates have announced their intentions to run for local school boards in recent days.


    Ricky Serna, a former Highlands University student regent, plans to run for the Las Vegas City Schools Board, while Kenny Lujan, a West Las Vegas board member, has announced his re-election bid.


    Serna, who now works for the state Higher Education Department, said his experience in the education field will help him as a board member.

  • East superintendent quits

    Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, resigned from his post Wednesday after a seven-day suspension.


    After about 45 minutes behind closed doors to discuss and review Romero’s contract, the school board returned with a brief and terse statement.


    Romero didn’t show up for the board meeting, but he was reportedly at work Wednesday.

  • Is local EDC alive and well?

    Las Vegas’ main economic development organization is going through a rough patch, some officials say.


    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation recently lost its last employee, and a county official says the group doesn’t have the money to operate.


    But Matt Martinez, EDC’s president, said nothing is falling through the cracks. He said the EDC and the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce are working to consolidate.

  • Woman killed in accident on Plaza

    An Albuquerque woman died in a crash on the Plaza early Thursday morning, city police said.


    Police didn’t release the woman’s name before press time because they had yet to notify the 38-year-old’s next of kin.


    Interim Police Chief Christian Montaño said an officer saw the woman traveling at a high rate of speed around 2 a.m., but she was a considerable distance away. Moments later, the woman’s car was found crashed into Total Fashion, 209 Plaza, police said. The building sustained minor damage.

  • Optic’s managing editor leaving

    David Giuliani, managing editor of the Las Vegas Optic for the past six years, is taking a job in Illinois.


    Giuliani, 38, has accepted a reporter’s position at the Sauk Valley News, a family-owned newspaper company in northern Illinois. He will be based in Sterling and cover two county governments and numerous municipalities in the area.


    His last day at the Optic is Dec. 23. He plans to start his new job Jan. 3.