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Today's News

  • Students show support for college acquisition

    SANTA FE — Hundreds of students and faculty from the College of Santa Fe rallied at the state capitol earlier this week in support of an acquisition by New Mexico Highlands University.

  • County offices may close

    The latest project to improve the county courthouse is coming with some costs — dust and noise.

    County Manager Les Montoya asked the County Commission this week if it was OK with his allowing offices to close for certain periods when the dust and noise are unbearable.

    Commissioners said they had no objections.

    Montoya said he had spoken with the contractor, Franken Construction, and asked the company to take measures to reduce the amount of dust such as placing sealant on doors.

  • COLUMN: Ethics legislation

    Big news. A major barrier in the path to ethics legislation appears to be softening. Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez of Belen says he thinks recent events will contribute to a greater likelihood of passage.

    The Senate has been the graveyard for most ethics legislation in the past. Sanchez himself is not the roadblock. He says he’s speaking for a majority of his members.

  • EDITORIAL: If so, clean up Robertson

    First let us stipulate that we believe in the premise that allegations alone don’t automatically translate to guilt. In criminal court, the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty, and in civil claims, a preponderance of the evidence must be established before someone is held liable for an illegal or damaging action.

  • Panthers 3-0 after spanking Prep

    Pecos improved to 3-0 in district play with a 70-57 win over Santa Fe Prep Wednesday night in the City Different.

    Senior guard Tim Baca got the Panthers off and running with eight of his game-high 23 points in the opening period as Pecos led 14-11 after one. The Panthers built a 30-25 advantage at intermission and Joseph Gonzales scored six of his 17 points in the third period as Pecos led 47-35 at the end of three quarters.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    We, the family of J. Richard “Ricky” DeHerrera, would like to express our sincere thanks to all the people for their prayers, cards, food, phone calls, visits, and overall love. We appreciate all you have done for us in our time of need. We would like to thank all of his doctors who helped him in his long fight with diabetes.

  • State official’s status in question

    The state hospital’s deputy administrator has been gone for more than a week, but state Health Department officials aren’t saying why.

    For the last couple of years, Isaac Apodaca has been in charge of public relations and staff development at the hospital.

    He is the only deputy administrator, but he is not considered the second in command, said Troy Jones, the hospital’s administrator. The second in command is Anthony Martinez, the clinical director.

  • Luna trustee says he wanted to resolve overcharge

    Tony Valdez, a member of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees, said Tuesday that he didn’t get any favors when he sought a resolution for a huge spike in his sewer bills.

    He was responding to a controversy about his utilities account that is developing between Mayor Tony Marquez and Councilman Andrew Feldman, a Luna employee.

    According to a Sept. 26 e-mail from Marquez to then-City Manager Sharon Caballero, the mayor requested that the city manager work to resolve a problem with Valdez’s account.

  • COLUMN: Voters wanted change

    Did voters send a message that they want change during last week’s school board elections?

    At first glance, one would think that they went with the status quo: Two of the three incumbents running in the East and West districts trounced their opponents.

    Ultimately, however, I still believe that 2009 was a year that voters showed they wanted change.

  • EDITORIAL: Why was it burdensome?

    Often, people accuse the media of having an agenda. And in the Optic’s case, they are absolutely right. Our agenda is simple: Promote open government.

    On Jan. 26, Las Vegas resident Leith Johnson submitted a public records request to the city government for “all records pertaining to the collection of the one-fourth of 1 percent gross receipts tax specially to be applied to water.”

    She asked, “How much has been collected since the (tax) law was passed? How much interest has been earned on the money? How has any or all of it been used?”