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Today's News

  • Fries still looking at SF school

    Highlands University President Jim Fries has been named to a state task force that will look for ways to save the foundering College of Santa Fe.

    He was appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson. Highlands attempted to take over the Santa Fe school, but the state Legislature didn’t approve funding for that to happen.

  • LETTER: Not what the voters had in mind

    Does it have no end? Now Mayor Tony has placed a paid notice in the Albuquerque Journal regarding his new water committee. We can just skip over the facts that another committee is redundant; the members he has listed have not all agreed to serve, etc. What is completely absurd about this situation is that he has deemed the Optic insufficient for his advertising needs. 

  • Highlands braces for more cuts

    Highlands University isn’t escaping the state’s budget ax.

    Highlands President Jim Fries told the Board or Regents Wednesday about how the university will be affected by a number of decisions stemming from the recently ended 60-day session of the state Legislature.

    For the 2009 fiscal year, which started July 1, Highlands and other higher education institutions had about a 2.5 percent reduction, Fries said.  

  • EDITORIAL: The power of peer pressure

    There are few things more powerful in life than peer pressure. At varying levels, we are all conformists. And that’s often a good thing. For instance, nearly everyone obeys traffic lights and wears clothes.

    However, peer pressure can be a destructive force. And that was clearly the case during the Robertson High School football camp near Las Vegas last August.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the San Miguel County Senior Centers (Las Vegas, San Miguel and Pecos), I would like to extend our sincere gratitude for Community 1st Bank’s kindness in paying for the senior lunches at our centers.

    As you are aware, our declining economy has hit everyone hard especially our seniors, and this thoughtfulness has helped.

    Thank you again, and we would like to welcome you to have lunch at one of our centers.

    Theresa Lopez

    Albuquerque

  • COLUMN: An anger-filled mayor

    When it comes to this newspaper, Mayor Tony Marquez is mad and has taken his marbles home. The result: He’s keeping much of the public out of the loop when it comes to city business.

    Indeed, the mayor hasn’t returned any of my e-mails since 8:33 a.m. March 3, in which he responded to a question about a proposal to narrow Grand Avenue.

  • Sewer line repairs planned

    The city of Las Vegas Wastewater Department has rescheduled a main sewer line repair for Tuesday, March 31, at the south side of the intersection of 12th Street and National Avenue.

    Twelfth Street will be closed going south from National Avenue starting at 8 a.m. until work is completed. Traffic coming north from Douglas Avenue will be detoured through Diamond Street. The repairs were originally scheduled for Friday, March 27, but were rescheduled due to weather conditions.

     

  • Suspect accused in kicking spree with cops

    A Las Vegas man stopped for drunken driving drew many more charges after going on a kicking spree and fighting with an officer, state police said.

    Theodore B. Trujillo, 22, 2710 Seventh St., Space 35, was charged with assault by a prisoner, aggravated battery upon a police officer, resisting officers, two counts of criminal damage and driving while intoxicated.

  • Vet transport service planned

    San Miguel County is purchasing a van to transport veterans to medical appointments, but many details still need to be hammered out.

    The county has received money from the state Department of Veterans Services to buy the van. Officials are working in conjunction with local veterans groups to make the program a reality.

    County Manager Les Montoya told the County Commission last week that the county would need to get money to operate the van. He said the county could provide the funding for the first year, but it would have to go to the state for money after that.

  • Man wakes up, beats up woman, police say

    A drunken man who repeatedly struck a woman in a van he was riding in is now facing a misdemeanor aggravated battery charge.

    Brian B. Montoya, 31, 901 Pecos St., was arrested early in the morning of March 19.

    According to a criminal complaint, the officer met with the victim at a home on Grand Avenue. The victim said she was riding in a van with three others when Montoya, who was passed out, awoke and asked her who she was.