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  • Candidates can file for Luna posts

    Wednesday is filing day for candidates for the Luna Community College Board of Trustees for the March 3 election. The hours for filing are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The seats up for election are those held by Kenneth Flores in the Santa Rosa-based District 4, Don Shaw in the Springer-based District 6 and Tony Valdez in the Las Vegas-based District 2. The board consists of seven trustees.

    In the last election, incumbents won all the seats up for election.

  • Highlands seeks to take over college

    Highlands University took its first official step toward taking over the College of Santa Fe — a major expansion for the local four-year institution.

    The acquisition is contingent upon the approval of the state Legislature and the state Board of Finance, among other agencies.

    After an hourlong closed session, Highlands’ Board of Regents voted 3-0 in favor of a letter of intent, which gives the university a 120-day window to buy the financially struggling Santa Fe school.

  • Filmmaking forum set for Wednesday

    The Las Vegas Film Advisory Council is reviewing the city’s ordinance on filmmaking. The group is inviting the public to a forum with Lisa Strout, director of the New Mexico Film Office. The event, called the “Reel Deal,” is planned for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands University’s Leveo Sanchez lecture hall.

    “This will provide a forum to better understanding and address issues related to filming,” said Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director.

  • Narcotics suspect convicted

    A man accused of selling crack cocaine was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to the crime.

    With a warrant to search a home, authorities found Manuel “Melo” Aragon with 52 rocks of crack cocaine, according to a press release from District Attorney Richard Flores.

  • Students show up at Highlands

    Statewide, national and international students, many seeing Las Vegas for the first time, checked in for orientation and housing assignments over the weekend at Highlands University.

    Margaret Mary Makoge left her home in sunny Cameroon and saw the snowflakes falling as she arrived in her new hometown.

    Makoge and other students spent Sunday afternoon moving their belongings and settling into their dorm rooms around campus with the help of new friends and university staff.

  • MONDAY MORNING STORY: Highlands expected to OK takeover; Santa Fe school approves letter of intent

    The College of Santa Fe has approved a proposal to let Highlands University take it over.

    On Friday, the college’s board of regents voted for a letter of intent to make the acquisition happen.

    Marcia Sullivan, the college’s spokeswoman, said this morning that the regents essentially approved the letter of intent presented by Highlands, making only a couple of small changes.

    “We’re confident that Highlands will be agreeable to the letter of intent,” she said.

  • Luna hit with federal lawsuit

    Luna Community College is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly discriminating against the college’s former academic director.

    Charlene Ortiz-Cordova has accused the college’s former president of sexual harassment, saying he allegedly touched her and made inappropriate comments between October 2005 and April 2006.

    The lawsuit, filed in federal court Friday, claims the harassment resulted in a hostile work environment and that Ortiz-Cordova was forced to step down from her position.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Highlands takes step toward acquiring Santa Fe school

    Highlands University signed off on a letter of intent Monday as an official first step toward taking over the College of Santa Fe — a major expansion for the local four-year institution.

    The acquisition is contingent upon the approval of the state Legislature and the state Board of Finance, among other agencies.

    After an hourlong closed session, Highlands' Board of Regents voted 3-0 in favor of the letter, which gives the university a 120-day window to buy the financially struggling Santa Fe school.

  • Mayor says city working with county to get funds

    Mayor Tony Marquez says the city and San Miguel County are working in collaboration to get federal funding for a number of projects that would improve the quality of life for residents.

    “I, along with County Manager Les Montoya, have submitted a request to the Economic Development District’s ready-to-go projects for improvements that would be good for both the city and the county. We have jointly submitted a proposal for consideration in the infrastructure and economic stimulus bill presently being considered by Congress,” Marquez said.

  • Roybal defends 'roundtable at Hillcrest'

    Councilman Cruz Roybal took exception to comments by Mayor Tony Marquez recently about the “roundtable at Hillcrest.”

    In an interview with the Optic, Marquez was referring to the group of politicos who have been known to meet in the morning and have coffee at the popular local restaurant. One of the politicos is Marty Suazo, the chairman of the San Miguel County Democratic Party.

    Suazo told the Washington Post last year that loyal Democrats can get a bump in the hiring process at local government entities if they consult with party leaders.