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Today's News

  • In Brief - Education - March 30, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    No-contest plea for ex-teacher

    LOS LUNAS — A former Belen teacher has pleaded no contest to two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor after authorities say he tried to lure a 15-year-old girl into having alcoholic drinks with him.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports 42-year-old Manuel G. Martinez III pleaded to the charges Tuesday.

    Los Lunas police arrested Martinez last March after police used a teenage girl’s phone to send text messages to Martinez.

  • LCC student receives scholarship

    Luna Community College criminal justice student Shannon Krause is one of  50 community college students from the United States, Canada and Guam named 2012 New Century Scholars — receiving a total of $100,000 in scholarships.   The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and American Association of Community Colleges.

  • East chief likely to keep post

    Las Vegas City Schools Interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez continues to receive high marks on her evaluations.

    Her performance has been so impressive that board President Felix Alderete told the Optic that he, personally, would be in favor of granting McNellis-Martinez a contract to continue serving as superintendent. And this time around, he said, the board might even drop the “interim” from McNellis-Martinez’s job title.

    Her current contract with the district expires at the end of June.

  • Vegas man charged in shooting

    A 19-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested over the weekend after police say he fired a shotgun into a travel trailer at an RV park on Harris Road, injuring a woman who was inside with her 2-year-old daughter and a friend.

    Witness statements indicate the shooting was the result of a drug deal gone bad.

    Gabriel Wezwick, whose address is listed as the 200 block of Gabe Road, is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash-only bond.

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  • Garcia to sue over Campos candidacy

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A state legislator said Monday he plans a lawsuit challenging the candidacy of a longtime Democratic state senator, who’s among a dozen candidates facing questions over the validity of their filings to get on the June primary ballot.

    Secretary of State Dianna Duran said she will place the candidates, including seven legislators, on the ballot based on the advice of the Attorney General’s Office. However, it appears likely that the courts will end up resolving the election year dispute.

  • Highlands workers to get bonuses

    New Mexico Highlands University employees who haven’t seen a pay raise since the fall of 2009 will get bonuses next month.

    Full time employees who have been with the university prior to Jan. 1 will get one-time $500 bonuses in April. Regular part-time employees will be given prorated bonuses.

  • Prescribed burn under way in Pecos/Las Vegas district

    Submitted to the Optic

    A 144 acre prescribed burn was to have begun Tuesday on the Santa Fe National Forest, weather conditions permitting.

    Fire managers plan to treat 50 to 100 acres per day within a two day period.

    The name of the project is the Southwest Barbero prescribed burn. The treatment is expected to take place 12 miles south of the Rowe/Glorieta Mesa near Forest Road 124, and 12 miles south of Pecos. Treatment will be by hand ignitions.

  • Looking Back - March 28, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, March 12 — San Miguel County residents secured good appointments at the hands of the state legislature. Manuel D. Pino was made Sergeant at Arms and Nepumoceno Duran was selected as reading clerk of the senate.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 28, 2012

    Low cost pet vaccinations available

    A low-cost vaccination clinic for pets will be held from noon to 3 p.m. this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Luna Community College Motor Pool Building. Services offered: Rabies — $10, Parvo/Distemper — $10, Feline/Distemper — $10, Deworming — $5, Tape Deworming — $5 — $15 and Microchipping — $6. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.