Local News

  • State gets $7M in tax program

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Individuals and businesses participating in a tax amnesty program owe New Mexico nearly $15 million and almost half of that already has been collected by the state, according to the Taxation and Revenue Department.

    Revenues from the program are expected to increase because the state is continuing to process about 3,600 cases.
    The tax amnesty program was offered last year to allow taxpayers to pay their unreported taxes

  • Crews tackle Dalton property

    Residents who live near Bob Dalton’s house are breathing a sigh of relief after city workers went onto the property Thursday and cleared out five to six dump trucks of trash and other debris from the yard.

    Neighbors watched as crews hauled out buckets, boxes of wood, raggedy chairs and other trash and debris from the house located across the street from Robertson High School. Neighbors have complained about the mice that the property has been attracting for years.

  • East teachers upset about likely changes

    A tentative reorganization plan pitched by Las Vegas City Schools interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez has teachers at one thriving elementary school and at least one high ranking administrator crying foul.

    Besides requiring all current administrators to reapply for their positions, McNellis-Martinez has also hinted that teachers may be shuffled to different schools.

    McNellis-Martinez did not respond to calls from the Optic last week seeking an interview on the reorganization plan.

  • Tons of fun
  • Electric coop board may add voting site

    MORA — The Board of Trustees of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative will consider adding a second polling place for the District 4 election scheduled for May 10.

    After enduring relentless insults from a standing-room only crowd on Thursday afternoon, board members gave in and scheduled a special meeting for 1 p.m. today  (Monday) at the coop boardroom in Mora. Thursday’s meeting was so contentious that a state police officer was called in to maintain order.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Monday, May 1 — Harry E. White has purchased the Parisian Dry cleaning establishment on Sixth Street. He will run the place as a strictly up-to-date establishment. Russel McComas, who was proprietor of the place for some time, was obliged to quit because of poor health. He left yesterday for his former home in Kansas City. Mr. McComas’ brother, Marion McComas, who also had been here for his health, accompanied him as far as Dodge City, Kan., where he will remain.

  • Looking Ahead

    Powell to be in Wagon Mound Wednesday

    State Land Commissioner Ray Powell will address the White Peak situation and the tire dump on state trust land at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Wagon Mound Public Schools elementary auditorium, 300 Park Ave. Sponsored by the Concerned Citizens of Wagon Mound and Mora County. For information, call 505-573-1904.

  • Weather - May 2, 2011

    A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Mostly clear, with a low around 24 at night. East wind around 5 mph, becoming west.

    Sunny, with a high near 65. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 34.


  • FYI - News

    Film crews will be shooting a television pilot called “Longmire” on the Plaza this week. The shooting will require a closure of Plaza between N. Gonzales and Hot Springs between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday. The filming will also require intermittent traffic control on Bridge Street with hold times of five to 10 minutes. Parking on the Plaza will be impacted through Wednesday.

  • State DOT ending track deal

    Gov. Susana Martinez wants a $2.35 million refund after the state Department of Transportation notified BNSF Railway Co. that New Mexico is terminating an agreement to buy 182 miles of track the state doesn’t need.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported in a copyright story that former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration paid nearly $5 million in 2008 for the track from Lamy, near Santa Fe, to the Colorado border.