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  • Raises given to Mora officials

    Mora teachers got an extra dollar this year in their annual contracts. But in May, the district gave pay raises to at least six central office employees.

    Then-interim Superintendent Leroy “Huero” Sanchez signed off on the increases days before he left his post in late May. The raises were in the thousands of dollars.

    Even the two top officials allegedly involved in questionable spending got pay hikes, which all took effect July 1.  

    The others who got raises were mainly clerical employees.

  • Official leaves after nine years

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño is a guy who pretty much wears his heart on his sleeve.

  • Veterans angry with closure of centers in rural areas

    A federal Veterans Affairs official this week had to explain a decision to close nine rural health clinics in northern New Mexico, facing a room full of angry veterans.

    George Marnell, the veterans hospital director in Albuquerque, tried to explain a new contract to end the veterans services at El Centro Family health clinics.

  • District gets books year later

    With the school year about half over, the Las Vegas City Schools has finally received teacher workbooks the district ordered more than a year ago.


    School districts generally order textbooks in the spring for the upcoming school year.


    During a recent meeting of the school board, teachers’ representatives were complaining that teachers were having to share books because the district received only a partial shipment of language arts workbooks for kindergarten through eighth grade. Board member Patrick Romero wanted to know why.

  • Lt. Gov.: Cut unnecessary rules

    One audience member walked out of Lt. Gov.-elect John Sanchez’s town hall meeting Monday because she said she thought it was about supporting small businesses.

  • Official seeks less distance for turbines

    A county task force has proposed a three-mile required distance between homes and wind farms.


    But County Commissioner Nicolas Leger said Monday that is too far. He said he would push for a shorter distance but that he hadn’t determined what it would be.


    It was the first indication among the county commissioners about shortening the proposed setback. They have been mum on the issue during public hearings as residents have debated the distance.

  • 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.

  • Light parade