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  • Body found off I-25 near San Jose exit

    The body of an unidentified man was discovered in a ravine off Interstate 25 on Thursday, and state police are treating it as a suspicious death.

    State police weren’t releasing many details.

    Among the details they did release was that police were dispatched to the scene just before 4 p.m. on Thursday. The body was located off I-25 mile post 318, which is near the San Juan/San Jose exit.
    Passersby saw at least six police cars at the scene as officers secured what state police Sgt. Emmanuel Gutierrez told the Optic Thursday evening was a crime scene.

  • Charette a great spot for anglers

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    High on a windblown mesa overlooking the plains of New Mexico lies an unexpected oasis where visitors can camp and fish from the banks of a deep lake still thriving despite the long-running drought.

    “Charette Lake still holds plenty of water and fish,” says Clint Henson of the Department of Game and Fish’s northeast area office in Raton.”And not a lot of people get up there too often.”

  • City, Highlands negotiating use of golf course well

    The city of Las Vegas and New Mexico Highlands University hammering out a deal on the use of the university’s golf course well.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and Don Cole, the city’s water systems manager, recently appeared before the Highlands Board of Regents to make their pitch.

    “The golf course well will assist us tremendously,” Ortiz said during the July 26 regents meeting.

  • Teacher evaluation system questioned

    The Associated Press

    Questions are being raised about the state’s new teacher evaluation system.

    The new process will remove the responsibility of principals to be instructional leaders and put teachers in the position of having to evaluate each other, according to Charles Bowyer, executive director of the New Mexico chapter of the National Education Association.

    “The principals’ role is evaluation, and we don’t believe that is the role for colleagues,” he told the Albuquerque Journal in an interview.

  • State police get new chief

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico State Police Deputy Chief Pete Kassetas was named Friday to take over as head of the statewide law enforcement agency.

    Kassetas is a 20-year veteran of the State Police and replaces Chief Robert Shilling, who is retiring.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment, saying Kassetas “has an exceptional understanding of law enforcement techniques, departmental objectives, and community outreach.”

  • Looking Ahead - News - Aug. 5, 2013

    Blessing of the waters is Tuesday

    Blessing of the waters, one of the Heritage Week events, will take place after Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows church. A procession will follow the Mass to the bridge on Bridge Street. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 5, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Aug. 2 — The Rt. Rev. Msgr. George V. Rieffer of Las Vegas, vicar general of the Santa Fe Archdiocese, will administer the archdiocese until Pope Paul VI names a new archbishop. Msgr. Rieffer, pastor of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church at Sixth and National, was named administrator Thursday by the archdiocese board of consultors.

  • Weather - Aug. 5, 2013

    Monday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Tuesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - Aug. 5, 2013

    The New Mexico Lottery has sold a winning Hot Lotto ticket for Saturday’s jackpot of $7.3 million, the state lottery communication’s office announced. It is the only winning ticket nationwide. The winning numbers are 2, 4, 29, 38, 41 and a Hot Ball of 7. This is the sixth jackpot-winning ticket sold in New Mexico. 
     

  • Mora sheriff takes the Fifth

    Embattled Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination in a lawsuit filed against him in state district court by two employees he fired.

    Garza — who is awaiting criminal trial on charges of tampering with public records and criminal solicitation — invoked his Fifth Amendment rights in responding to two requests for information from one of the plaintiffs. Garza has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges.