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Today's News

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb UP to ... HEALTHY TENSION. Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez, who for months has not returned our messages, responded to an e-mail about an open-government issue recently. We hope this is the beginning of a new approach to dealing with us “inky wretches.”

    The mayor has become something of a mystery man since he stopped communicating with the Optic last March (other than at City Council meetings, where it’s harder to avoid us). This has on occasion left the newspaper and its thousands of local subscribers in the dark about the goings-on in city government.

  • Mora official reacts to special audit

    Joseph Griego, chairman of the Mora school board, says the district needs to watch its expenses more carefully.

    He was responding to a special audit released last week that found that $64,000 was improperly diverted into a discretionary account. Griego said the account turned into something of a slush fund.

    The board looked at the special audit, performed by State Auditor Hector Balderas’ office, during a meeting Tuesday night. Griego said the district gave Superintendent Dora Romero a number of directives for internal controls of finances.

  • Audit slams Mora schools

    The state auditor found on Tuesday that the Mora school district didn’t follow procedures in spending thousands of dollars in public funds on leather jackets, snacks and dinners for area state lawmakers and other top officials.

    The district improperly diverted $64,000 in funds to a discretionary account, according to a special audit by State Auditor Hector Balderas.

    His audit states that the district may have violated the state constitution, which bars public money from going toward private causes.

  • Dave's Drive-In: Mostly wrong 'Moves'

    In 1983, when “All the Right Moves” was hitting theaters, only a secondary role in “Taps” had separated a young Tom Cruise from obscurity.

    This formulaic football movie helped get Cruise on the road to superstardom, but it has rightly been relegated to the bargain bin of modern sports cinema.

  • Man gets time for biker's death

    A 19-year-old has been sentenced to four years in prison in connection with the death of a motorcycle rider.

    Nico Barela, 19, has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and failure to render aid, both three-degree felonies, according to the district attorney’s office.

    Upon completing his prison term, he will be on parole for two years.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Audit slams Mora school district; official says district addressing problems

    The state auditor found on Tuesday that the Mora school district didn't follow procedures in spending thousands of dollars in public funds on leather jackets, snacks and dinners for area state lawmakers and other top officials.

     Click here to view the audit in PDF format.

    The state auditor found on Tuesday that the Mora school district didn't follow procedures in spending thousands of dollars in public funds on leather jackets, snacks and dinners for area state lawmakers and other top officials.

  • Work of Art: Poofreader's on vacation?

    In reading this week’s column, you might get the impression the poofreader is on vacation. That’s a common enough assumption but a rare occurrence. But look carefully. Your job is to figure out that we mean by these cryptic titles to books, movies, plays and TV programs.

    But be warned: Some of the puns and plays on words are atrocious; there’s bilinguality, far-fetchedness and even a few titles made to fit the local scene. Most titles involve changing a single letter; occasionally, you may need to make two changes or even divide a word.

  • City seeking input on water projects

    Mayor Tony Marquez announced today that at the Wednesday, October 21st Council Meeting, the Mayor/City Council will be ranking various water system infrastructure projects for a New Mexico Water Trust Board funding application, which is due November 2nd.  Public Comment is encouraged.

  • Editorial: Bad call, good intentions

    Last week, the San Miguel County Commission had to decide whether to abandon one mile of a county road in the Ribera area.

    The petitioners were a family that had owned the road for generations, but it ended up on the county road log in the early 1980s. They said that keeping the road open to the public has led to trespassers vandalizing, rockhounding and creating disturbances on their property. They said their father never meant for the road to be public.

  • Resident wants road to stay public

    The San Miguel County Commission took the first step last week toward the possible abandonment of a road in the eastern part of the county.

    That upset a resident who contended he needed C-53-B for access to his home.

    The commission voted to send a road-viewing committee to visit the area and make recommendations on how to handle a petition to vacate the road, which is in the Maes area.