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Today's News

  • Commission fires Mora manager

    By a 2-1 vote, the Mora County Commission fired County Manager Thomas Sanchez last week, just four days after Gov. Susana Martinez signed the state capital outlay bill that earmarks $1.85 million for the stalled county complex.

    Commission Chairman John P. Olivas and Vice Chairman Alfonso J. Griego voted to terminate Sanchez at last Tuesday’s meeting, while Commissioner Paula Garcia voted against the move.

    Olivas has stepped in as acting county manager.

    He issued a statement about the termination Tuesday morning.

  • Cop: DWI driver tried to hide identity

    A Glorieta man with two prior DWI arrests on his record was arrested again on Sunday after someone spotted him passed out in his vehicle near the San Juan exit off Interstate 25 and called police.

    But what the man allegedly did next has him facing six additional fourth-degree felonies.

    A statement of probable cause filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday alleges that Marcario Garcia-Lopez, 44, claimed to be Carlos Garcia when he was confronted by a state police officer.

  • Bombing investigation continues

    By Jimmy Golen
    The Associated Press

    BOSTON — Investigators appealed to the public Tuesday for amateur video and photos that might yield clues to the Boston Marathon bombing as the chief FBI agent in Boston vowed “we will go to the ends of the Earth” to find whoever carried out the deadly attack.

  • Looking Back - April 17, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, April 16 — Property owners in the East Las Vegas School district today voted on a $290,000 bond issue. If approved, the issue would provide for the construction of a new Gallinas School, new auto mechanics facility, an elementary school at the Cowboy Park area and equipment for rural schools. The district includes portions of San Miguel and Mora counties.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 17, 2013

    Talent competition set for Friday
    University Celebrity College State Talent Competition is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. this Friday at Sala de Madrid on the NMHU campus. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for Highlands students.

  • Weather - April 17, 2013

    Wednesday
    Areas of blowing dust after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Thursday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Northeast wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

  • Luna offering program for high school students

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College will again offer an enhanced college credit summer program for upcoming classified high school juniors and seniors.

    For several years, Luna Community College has offered the Student Academic Advancement Institute. This year, it will run from Monday, June 3 to Friday, July 26. Registration begins on Tuesday, April 2 and runs through Friday, June 7.

  • Que Pasa - April 17, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library has been cancelled for Wednesday, April 17.

    FRIDAY VIERNES
    • Public Forum on “What Happens after the Wildfire?” 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 19 at 215 Lora Shields Building on the NMHU campus. All are welcome.
    • University Celebrity College State Talent Competition, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19 at Sala de Madrid on the campus of NMHU. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for NMHU students.

  • What’s next for East?

    We applaud Las Vegas City Schools officials for persuading the state to kick in $750,000 in emergency supplemental funding to help the district get through this fiscal year.

    We also give the district, and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez in particular, credit for finally revealing that the true magnitude of the district’s shortfall for the current fiscal year is about $1.075 million.

    Under state law, public entities cannot end a fiscal year in the red.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 17, 2013