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  • Fiesta Council blasts ex-queen

    Fiesta Council members said Tuesday they wanted to move forward. But they spent a good portion of their monthly meeting talking about the 2009 Fiesta queen.

     At one point, a member said city officials were raking the Fiesta Council “over the coals.”

    Two months ago, the council halved queen Carmela Montoya’s $500 scholarship, saying she didn’t attend required events, which she sharply disputed. At this week’s meeting, council President Mathew Martinez placed the scholarship back on the agenda.

  • HU focuses on suicide prevention

    During a ceremony last week at Highlands University’s Central Park to commemorate Suicide Prevention Day, President Jim Fries told the crowd it is critical that people be sensitive to the potential for suicide — particularly among younger people.

    “It’s tragic. The most important thing any of us have is life itself,” Fries said. “It’s too doggone short the way it is.”

    Fries said we all encounter problems, challenges and difficulties with relationships, in our personal lives and in the workplace.

  • Turnout strong for recycling

    More than 50 people packed into a classroom on the Highlands University Campus to talk about bringing a viable and vibrant recycling program to Las Vegas and surrounding communities.

    The Las Vegas Recycling Taskforce and the New Mexico Recycling Coalition gave a presentation on “Hub and Spoke” recycling as a model to create regional recycling processing centers with larger communities, such as Las Vegas. The Meadow City would serve as a hub for smaller communities, or spokes, to take their recyclables to.

  • Educational materials given away

    Educators, parents and children worked on Monday and Tuesday to distribute hundreds of boxes of new math, science and literacy materials to nonprofits, educators, homeschoolers and afterschool programs — as part of a collaboration between the Literacy Council and United World College USA.

  • Four more charged with drunken driving

    There's one thing that Jeffrey W. Senseman, Blue Freedom, Barry Gray and Alfredo Waldo have in common. All have been charged locally with driving under the influence.

    All four were charged by New Mexico State Police officers. Three of the four were jailed at the San Miguel County Detention Center immediately following their arrest.

    Senseman, 48, of 6311 County Road 102, Guffey, Colo., is facing a DUI charge — his third offense — and driving with an open container. Both charges were listed as misdemeanor offenses.

  • Calendar

    TODAY HOY

    • Hub and Spoke recycling meeting, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 14, Student Senate Chambers, on the second floor of the Student Services Center at New Mexico Highlands University, 903 Baca Ave.

    TUESDAY MARTES

    • The Fiesta Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s conference room.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • RHS bonfire incident leads to suspensions

    A Thursday night incident at Robertson High School has led to the suspicion of three students, according to City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero.

    The incident, in which a pickup truck being driven by a West student was vandalized, occurred as students were leaving a homecoming bonfire at the soccer field. Romero said it began with some “trash talk and name calling” and culminated in the pickup’s tires being slashed.

  • State cards part of cannabis case

    John Emerick believes he was following the guidelines as a caregiver under the state’s medical marijuana program. But that just wasn’t the case, a drug task force official maintains.

  • Local dollar store catches fire

    A fire broke out at the local Dollar General store on Mills Avenue yesterday afternoon. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Please see Wednesday's Optic for further information.

  • Funding questions lead to caution

    The potential for more budget cuts are motivating the two local school superintendents to act cautiously to address staffing issues -- as is evident in a couple of recent vacancies.

    At Robertson High School in the East district, two English teachers, Marguerite Keane and Terri Alderete,  gave their 30-day notices at the start of the school year. But only one new teacher will be hired, according to Superintendent Richard Romero.