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  • Mora officer fired after alleged DWI

     

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    The Mora County officer who is accused of driving drunk in his government car has lost his job.

     

    Ramon Montoya, 28, of Sapello was terminated last week, Undersheriff Michael Benajamin confirmed. It was done after an internal affairs investigation, he said. 

     

    On Oct. 25, Montoya was found passed out in an unmarked sheriff’s car on Interstate 25, state police said. 

     

  • HU plans turf for fields

     

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Highlands University has chosen a company to put in turf for the university’s baseball and softball fields. 

     

    The turf will be applied to the baseball infield and softball outfield and will cost $645,000.

     

  • Official: Cafeteria may gain popularity

     

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Highlands University is going out to bid for its food service contract. 

    Bill Taylor, the school’s vice president of finance, said there’s a lot of interest in the contract because the student cafeteria will be moving into the new student union building, which is under construction at Eighth Street and National Avenue. 

     

  • Gold leaving as police chief

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Today is Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold’s last day as chief.

    For much of the year, he has talked about retiring. He gave notice a few weeks ago that he would.

     

    Technically, he is with the city until Dec. 31 because of his accumulated leave. 

     

    Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño will assume the role of interim chief. He said he will apply for the permanent position. 

  • Gold speaks to controversial issues

    On marijuana legalization and consolidation

     

    In an interview this week, Gary Gold, the Las Vegas police chief and West Las Vegas school board member, took positions on divisive issues:

     

    Gold said he was open-minded to legalization of marijuana, as long as the government enacted strict regulation of the drug. 

     

    “It’s crazy to do the drug, but we need to re-evaluate our tactics because we’re not winning the war on drugs,” the chief said.

  • Gold speaks to controversial issues

    On marijuana legalization and consolidation

     

    In an interview this week, Gary Gold, the Las Vegas police chief and West Las Vegas school board member, took positions on divisive issues:

     

    Gold said he was open-minded to legalization of marijuana, as long as the government enacted strict regulation of the drug. 

     

    “It’s crazy to do the drug, but we need to re-evaluate our tactics because we’re not winning the war on drugs,” the chief said.

  • Suggestions for the naming of Highlands buildings

     

  • Names suggested for buildings

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Highlands University has received 24 suggestions for names for the new dorms and the student union building under construction.

     

    A few months ago, the regents sought suggestions from the public for the naming of the new buildings. That’s in contrast to past practice, where only insiders were involved. 

     

  • HU tries to define at-will employees

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Highlands University’s administration is proposing to change the school’s personnel policy to define those who aren’t covered by the usual employee protections. 

     

    Those not getting normal protections are known as exempt employees — who are appointed and fired at will. 

     

  • Martinez wins governor's race

    By Barry Massey

    AP Political Writer

     

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Susana Martinez won election Tuesday as governor of New Mexico, making history as the first Hispanic woman to become a state’s chief executive.

     

    Martinez, 51, defeated Democrat Diane Denish to also be elected New Mexico’s first female governor. There was no incumbent in the race, with Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson barred from seeking re-election because he is finishing his second consecutive terms.