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Today's News

  • As It Is: School websites' improving

    Recently, a Mora resident suspected nepotism in that community’s school district. This person said the district hired someone related to a school board member.

    I went onto the Mora school district’s website and found the district’s nepotism policy within minutes. It turns out that the hiring didn’t violate the policy because the new employee was a board member’s stepson, and stepchildren aren’t a covered category in the policy.

  • Warriors shut out West LV

    Two teams came into Perkins Stadium Friday night hungry for a win. The Ruidoso Warriors came out a bit hungrier, and the West Las Vegas Dons left a bit hungrier.

    Ruidoso (1-3) scored all but one of its touchdowns in the first half en route to a 42-0 victory. West fell to 1-3 overall with a homecoming date with Cobre coming up this week.

    The Warriors won the field-position battle with consistency and Brendan Flack’s 9-yard touchdown run with 7:51 left in the first period was the first evidence of that.

  • Mayor opposes Cannon plan

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said last week that the city is preparing a resolution to oppose a Cannon Air Force Base proposal to fly its planes fly at low altitudes in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

    He made that statement during a City Council meeting in which a number of speakers protested the Cannon plan. Cannon is near Clovis.

    Ortiz told the audience he suspects the resolution will be passed — an announcement that prompted applause from the audience.

  • Cowgirls nip Cougars

    The last seven minutes (and 15 seconds) were heavenly for New Mexico Highlands’ women’s soccer team on Friday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

    Shut out up until that point in their match with Colorado Christian, the Cowgirls found a late burst and scored twice over a four-minute span to pull out a 2-1 comeback in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opener.

    The match was scoreless until CCU’s Chelsea Fishman took a pass from Clara Meredith and zipped the ball past Scottie Prince with 75:39 elapsed.

  • Letter: Medical marijuana case handled badly

    I am appalled at how law enforcement officers handled the case of the legal marijuana caregiver with his legal New Mexico license, in an article that appeared in this past week in the Optic newspaper.

     On July 28, I called 911 after finding the elderly man that I took care of, dead in his chair. He was also a patient on the New Mexico Medical Marijuana program, with John Emerick as his caregiver.

  • Cards run over St. Mike's

    Daniel Martinez rushed for two quarterback-keeper touchdowns in an assertive first half for Robertson on Friday night, leading the host Cardinals in a 28-12 upset of St. Michael's.

    In a much-anticipated matchup of two of Class 3A’s better rushing offenses, it was the Cardinals who chewed up the most real estate, particularly in the first half.

    “We played really well (Friday) night, at least for the first half,” said RHS coach Leroy Gonzalez the following afternoon.

  • FFA club honors ag teacher

    Superintendent Rick Romero read a letter to the school board from the national FFA organization expressing its grief at the loss of Gary Leger, the agriculture teacher and FFA adviser at Robertson High School who died in a traffic accident during the summer break.

  • Grogan leaving Alta Vista

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital CEO Richard Grogan is leaving after nearly three years on the job.

    He has accepted another position in the greater Philadelphia area, according to a hospital news release.

    Grogan, who replaced Brian Gibbons as the hospital’s top administrator in January 2008, will start at his new job on Sept. 27.

    Maridel Acosta, associate CEO at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell, has been named interim CEO for Alta Vista Regional Hospital. She is scheduled to arrive at Alta Vista next week, the release stated.

  • Hospital CEO again addresses commissioner's concerns

    Alta Vista CEO Richard Grogan was answering San Miguel County Commissioners’ questions about indigent fund claims, but the question quickly turned to union matters.  

    Commissioner Nicolas Leger said he wanted to hear where the matter of the union effort at the hospital is at as far as Alta Vista is concerned.

    “In June, we received notice that the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated all decisions of the National Labor Relations Board that occurred after Jan. 1, 2008. So everything that we have done before the NLRB is part of that decision,” Grogan said.

  • PD: Crime on the decline in city's public housing

    Crime has been on the decline in public housing over the last couple of years, thanks to a more aggressive law enforcement presence, a police official said this week.

    Las Vegas police Capt. Eugene Garcia told the Las Vegas City Council, which acts as the housing authority’s governing board, that the Police Department and the authority launched a new effort in 2008 to combat crime.

    “I am really proud of the statistics and what we actually did,” Garcia said.