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Today's News

  • President signs disaster declaration

    Optic Staff and Wire

    The federal government is stepping in to help communities in Mora, San Miguel and 13 other New Mexico counties recover from the flooding that caused millions of dollars in damage in September.

    President Barack Obama signed the disaster declaration on Tuesday, a move that frees up federal funding to help pay for flooding and storm damage during the period of Sept. 9-22.

  • BTU holding community celebration

    After months of renovations, BTU Do it Center is inviting the community to visit the store this weekend and take part in its grand re-opening.

    Those who attend can register to win a $1,000 shopping spree, said store owner Wayne Sonchar. The drawing for that shopping spree will be Saturday afternoon. The winner need not be present to claim the prize.

    Sonchar said there will be a lot of other drawings for everything from tools to a chainsaw. People will need to be present to win those prizes.

  • Montaño to run for magistrate post

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño plans to run for the Division 1 San Miguel County magistrate post during next year’s primary election.

    “I would like to share my experience of over 20 years of credible public service, knowledge and experience of working with the law and dedication to this community,” Montaño wrote in an unpublished letter to the editor submitted to the Optic late Wednesday. “I am known to be fair and impartial and in touch with our community’s issues.”

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 1, 2013

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Officials back funding change

    LAS CRUCES — Higher education leaders in New Mexico are proposing a new system for state funding of universities and community colleges.
    The proposal was developed by a team of New Mexico State University administrators. It would have legislators provide colleges and universities with the schools’ previous year’s allocations but also add incentive funding to reward the schools for performances.

  • Online access to school data proposed

    The Associated Press

    BERNALILLO — Gov. Susana Martinez will ask the Legislature to provide $1.2 million next year for online systems in schools to allow parents to access information about their children’s classroom work.

    The governor made the announcement Wednesday at Bernalillo Middle School, which operates such a portal.

    About 29 of the state’s 89 school districts have a “parent portal,” according to the Public Education Department.

  • New Mexico Game and Fish director resigns

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The director of New Mexico’s Game and Fish Department announced his resignation Wednesday, but the department remained tightlipped about his departure.

    Word that Jim Lane would be stepping down was first made public after a special, closed meeting held by the Game Commission in Albuquerque.

    The meeting agenda did not list any specifics, only that commissioners would be discussing personnel issues involving the hiring, promotion, resignation or investigation of several employees.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 1, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 21 and Oct. 30:
    Shawn Montoya, 42, hold for transport
    Carlo Solano, 20, battery on household member, criminal damage to property  
    Freddie Romero, 40, intimidation of a witness, injury to fence, criminal trespass, assault bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Michael Esquibel, 34 hold for court
    Teddy Manzanares, 34 failure to appear
    Mary Jo Gallegos, 51,  failure to appear
    Anjelica Esquibel, 18, mental health hold

  • NM could lose up to $25M in tobacco revenues

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration plans to cut spending on several health and education programs because New Mexico faces the loss of up to $25 million from a nationwide settlement with tobacco companies.

    The state expected to collect about $39 million in tobacco payments in the current budget year. However, the attorney general’s office said Wednesday that amount will be lowered because of an arbitration ruling against New Mexico and five others states in September.

  • Businessman Alan Webber running for governor

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Political newcomer Alan Webber, a wealthy Santa Fe businessman, joined the race for governor of New Mexico on Monday, becoming the fourth Democratic candidate to take on Republican incumbent Susana Martinez.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 1, 2013

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