Local News

  • Group criticizes appointee

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointment of Santa Fe energy consultant Douglas Howe to New Mexico’s utility regulator came under fire Tuesday from a liberal group because he once worked on a project for Libya’s government-owned electric company.

    Howe dismissed the criticisms by Progress New Mexico and a spokesman for Martinez called it a “smear attack.”

  • Dodge gets high marks

    City Manager Timothy Dodge got high marks on his performance evaluation, though two city councilors objected to the manner in which the evaluation was conducted and did not participate.

    While most performance evaluations are conducted behind closed doors, Dodge agreed to have his done in open session during a city council meeting last week. He also gave permission for the evaluation forms —filled out by the mayor, two city councilors and two directors — to be provided to the Optic.

  • Desert Storm Reunion

    Today, Nancy Fernandez- Jeffrey is assistant principal at Memorial Middle School,  but 20 years ago she was in a distant country serving in Desert Storm with the 720th Transportation Company of the New Mexico National Guard.

    Fernandez-Jeffrey along with several 720th comrades,  have been busy planning for their 20th reunion. On Friday, the unit will take part in the Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park followed by a social events at the local VFW on Mills Avenue. On Saturday, the reunion will continue with a dinner and dance also at the VFW.

  • Rocky Road owner faces charge

    The Las Vegas police lieutenant investigating the Oct. 6 altercation between two business rivals has determined that Oren Mathews was the aggressor.

    Mathews, owner of Rocky Road Gravel, is being charged with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony. He is being summoned into court to answer to the charge.

    The probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court last week states that Mathews, 47, struck Miguel Melendez, the owner of Sangre de Cristo Gravel, with a two-by-four.

  • Governor picks Block replacement

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday picked Santa Fe consultant Doug Howe to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of embattled former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr.
    Martinez described Howe as being well-versed in energy, environmental and regulatory issues.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 9, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Widow seeks criminal charges
    A Las Vegas woman is asking that criminal charges be filed after a trench collapsed killing her husband and another man while the two men were working last May.

    Rita Romero said she still feels the pain and depression from losing her husband Frank. Rita Romero is asking that her husband’s supervisor on scene that day face involuntary manslaughter charges. She is requesting District Attorney Richard Flores file criminal charges.

  • Duncan praises push to help immigrants

    By Kimberly Hefling
    AP Education Writer

    WASHINGTON — Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday he’s encouraged that some states are allowing the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at public colleges.

    As an example, Duncan pointed to Rhode Island, where this fall the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education unanimously approved in-state tuition for illegal immigrants starting in fall 2012.

  • Gov looking at tax reform proposals

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is considering a wide range of business friendly tax proposals for next year’s legislative session in hopes of improving New Mexico’s economy.

  • Tribe asking renters their immigration status

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico mobile home community operated by a Native American tribe is requiring that all residents show proof they are living in the country legally.

    Tesuque Pueblo notified residents of the Tesuque Trailer Village in a letter dated Oct. 17 that all tenants must sign new rental contracts and show officials U.S. birth certificates, passports or immigration documents, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

    Neither federal nor state law prohibits renting to illegal immigrants.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 9, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, Nov. 7 — With the sun shining brightly and the temperature well up in the comfortable region the day set apart for the first state election in New Mexico was an ideal one from every standpoint...  This means a Republican victory. For the great majority of the voters of New Mexico are members of the Republican party... Reports from the various precincts in Las Vegas and throughout the county were to the effect that voting was exceptionally heavy.