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Today's News

  • Many volunteers pitch in - Cultural center’s opening is near

    Gloria Gonzales had a dream to create a community center that many can enjoy. Her dream is materializing as the Old Ribera School received its certificate of occupancy on January 3. The news was a long time coming for Gonzales, but there is still work to be done, as her dream is not completely alive.

    “In my dream I saw a building where children were laughing and having fun,” Gonzales said while looking at the 6,395 square foot building that overlooks the valley. “I wanted to make it come alive and it started many years ago.”

  • Espinoza chosen for sheriff post

    The Mora County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Amos Espinoza to the vacant sheriff’s post.

    Espinoza, a native of Mora County, is a volunteer with the Guadalupita fire department and has previously worked as a deputy in the department, said Mora County Manager Rebecca P. Montoya.

    She said Espinoza thanked the Commission at the meeting and expressed that he is looking forward to stepping into the position.  

    Montoya said Espinoza has been a certified law enforcement officer since June 2010.

  • Assessor issues warning over letter

    The San Miguel County assessor and clerk are warning the public to beware of a letter being sent out seeking $83 in exchange for the person’s property deed.

    The letter — from Property Transfer Services, out of Sioux Falls, S.D. — looks like an official government bill, though in small print on the envelope the company does disclose that it is not a government agency.

  • Nonprofit suspends Sanchez

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico has suspended one of its employees after the man was arrested last Friday on drug trafficking charges.

    Andrea Maril, the organization’s chief executive officer, confirmed to the Optic that Raymond J. Sanchez, 32, who resides at 1302 Second Street, has been suspended without pay pending the organization’s own investigation.

    “We did do very thorough background checks  on him initially, and they all came back clear, as did his references,” Maril said.

  • Boy faces juvenile charges in school shooting

    By Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ROSWELL — Investigators have turned up evidence that the 12-year-old boy who opened fire on a crowd of students in a New Mexico middle school gym had planned the attack and warned some classmates to stay away moments before the gunfire rang out.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 17, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 17, 2014

    R.H.S. Blood drive

    Robertson High School will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in Mike Marr Gym. To make an appointment or for more information, call Bryanna Duran at 426-6007 or Donna Ortiz at 429-4698.
     

  • Weather - Jan. 17, 2014

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 53. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming west in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 52. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 25.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 56. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 53.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 5:13 p.m.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 17, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 5 and Jan. 12:
    Gary Romero, 40, battery
    Roger Romero, 52, 30-day commitment
    Samantha Martinez, 29, failure to comply with conditions of probation
    Ryan Lucero, 22, eight-day sanction
    Miguel Martinez, 64, person under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, traffic offense, driving on suspended/revoked license
    Greg Martinez, 27, positive UA
    Juan Gutierrez, 28, hold for court, failure to pay fines, failure to appear

  • LANL Foundation chair to head grantmakers association

    Submitted to the Optic

    Susan Herrera, CEO of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, has been elected chair of the Board of the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers.

    The association serves foundations and private philanthropists throughout New Mexico. It hosted a conference “Finding Common Ground: Joining Together to Improve New Mexico” late last year at Tamaya Resort for grantmakers and nonprofits. The conference was partially funded by a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.