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Local News

  • In Brief - News - June 19, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Teacher eval suit to continue
    SANTA FE — A state district judge has denied a motion by the New Mexico Public Education Department to dismiss a lawsuit over the agency’s contested teacher evaluation system.
    The Albuquerque Teachers Federation and the American Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit earlier this year, saying the evaluation system was punitive and based on flawed methodology.

  • Making a splash
  • 3,100 names deleted from voter rolls

    The San Miguel County Clerk has purged 3,131 names from the county’s voter rolls in recent months as part of a statewide effort to update the records.
    San Miguel County Clerk Geraldine E. Gutierrez said so many names were deleted this year because the former secretary of state dropped the ball and failed to initiate the process to remove inactive voters from the rolls.

  • Las Vegas police commander retiring

    A longtime Las Vegas police officer who rose through the ranks until being promoted to the rank of commander last year is retiring.
    Commander Adrian Crespin will be leaving the department at the end of the month, although his official retirement date is Sept. 1.
    Crespin oversees the city police department’s investigations division, and Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said he plans on filling the position once Crespin retires.
    “We’re going to promote from within,” the chief said.

  • Governor signs tax incentive bills

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

  • Looking ahead - News - June 17, 2015

    Farewell gathering for Highlands president
    New Mexico Highlands University is inviting its employees, students and members of the community to attend a farewell gathering for President Jim Fries from 3 to 5 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the SUB ballroom. Fries, who is retiring at the end of the month, will be honored for his nine-and-a-half years of service to the university.

  • Looking Back - June 17, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, June 16 — Hail the size of golf balls and even baseballs was reported in the northern part of Las Vegas and the Sapello area yesterday. Two hailstones, photographed for today’s Optic, were picked up near the Fort Union drive-in several minutes after they fell. Photographer Leroy Segura placed them along a ruler and measured one of the stones at two and a half inches in diameter.

  • Santa Fe deputies to receive naloxone training

    The Associated Press

  • In Brief - News - June 17, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Cities sue to stop tax hike

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe and Española are suing Santa Fe County as well as the state to stop a tax hike from taking effect next month.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the two city governments and several Española businesses have joined in the lawsuit over a county gross receipts tax.

  • State Supreme Court sides with unions in wage case

    The Associated Press