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Today's News

  • Mora County man accused in battery

    A Cleveland, N.M., man who went to his family’s house to talk out some of their differences ended up being arrested for allegedly attacking them.

    Robert Lawrence Romero, 22, was charged with two counts of aggravated battery on household members and criminal damage to property.

  • LETTER: It’s not broke, don’t try to fix it

    It is my belief that the Las Vegas City Council voted appropriately in their decision to not make Grand Avenue two lane for a five-block distance. Grand Avenue is an inter-city highway. It serves as a business loop through Las Vegas. It also serves as a route for emergency vehicles to traverse the city as well as to quickly exit to emergency situations on Interstate 25.

  • Luna says it’s improving hiring process

    A member of Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees says he appreciates that the school’s human resources department is developing a firm hiring process.

    “I have felt we have been too loosey-goosey in the past,” Trustee Abelino Montoya said at last week’s monthly meeting of the trustees. “I’ve had my doubts in the past about how we have hired people and how they came in.”

    Montoya said the school gets a lot of negative feedback on its hiring process.

  • LETTER: Thrilled to see litigation ending

    As a former member of the Las Vegas Community Water Board, I am thrilled that the city and the Storrie Project Water Users Association are ending their litigation.

    It is disappointing, to say the least, that the city lost $1 million in state funds which were intended for the project to pipe water to the Storrie users, due to city officials trying to change the original intent.

    I trust the city will actively pursue settlement with the Acequias Association, who in my opinion, have legitimate concerns regarding their share of water from the Gallinas River.

  • Employees gone as result of inquiry

    Two employees of the state hospital are no longer working there as the result of an investigation, one of them said.

    They are Deputy Hospital Administrator Isaac Apodaca and Housekeeping Director Carlos Michael Lopez, Department of Health spokeswoman Deborah Busemeyer confirmed. The two had previously been placed on administrative leave.

    A third employee resigned after he was put on leave, Lopez told the Optic.

  • COLUMN: Conference Committess

    Anyone who pays attention to the Legislature has had this experience: Differing versions of a bill pass the House and Senate; the bills go to a conference committee; the bill that comes out is substantially different from the two that went in.

    What happened? Hard to tell.

    Why? Because New Mexico is among a handful of states that close conference committee meetings to the public.

    So what? Depends on whether you want government to conduct business in the open or behind closed doors.

  • Agents arrest 3 in drug bust

    The regional narcotics task force says it has put a major drug operation out of business.

    On March 6, agents from the Region 4 Narcotics task force said they executed a “high-risk” search warrant at a house at 910 Gallinas St. Three men were arrested.

    Task force Sgt. Mack Allingham said agents discovered marijuana being grown inside the house, with the narcotics having an estimated worth of $7,500 to $10,000. They also found the necessary equipment, packaging materials and chemicals used to manufacture, sell and process marijuana, he said.

  • LETTER: Questioning what the law allows

    On the recent scandal at the Mora schools, I’m wondering if someone can enlighten me.

    I took a course at U.W. with one of the best law instructors from the law school at the University of Wyoming. The instructor always said that the name of juvenile offenders cannot be revealed. It was a course on Juvenile Justice. So the laws regarding juveniles differ from state to state?

    If anyone questions the course I’ve taken such as the case with my courses at the police academy, feel free to check my transcripts.  

    Rosalie Regensberg

    Holman

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... KEEPING IT OPEN. At one time, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees regularly held meetings behind closed doors. In fact, the board would open its doors for its monthly meeting and vote on a few items, then retreat into closed session, often for more than an hour. Members of the public and various employees were stuck outside while the big guys talked in secret.

  • LETTER: Teamwork will advance Luna

    I want to thank everyone who came out to vote during the LCC election. I especially want to thank my family and friends for their support.

    It is a pleasure and a privilege to be elected to such a prestigious position. I am looking forward to serving LCC and becoming a part of the Board of Trustees team. Teamwork is an essential component of all successful institutions. As a team, goals will be set and accomplished and as team we can ensure that LCC’s students will have a future filled with hope and promise.