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Today's News

  • Mayor says city working with county to get funds

    Mayor Tony Marquez says the city and San Miguel County are working in collaboration to get federal funding for a number of projects that would improve the quality of life for residents.

    “I, along with County Manager Les Montoya, have submitted a request to the Economic Development District’s ready-to-go projects for improvements that would be good for both the city and the county. We have jointly submitted a proposal for consideration in the infrastructure and economic stimulus bill presently being considered by Congress,” Marquez said.

  • Roybal defends 'roundtable at Hillcrest'

    Councilman Cruz Roybal took exception to comments by Mayor Tony Marquez recently about the “roundtable at Hillcrest.”

    In an interview with the Optic, Marquez was referring to the group of politicos who have been known to meet in the morning and have coffee at the popular local restaurant. One of the politicos is Marty Suazo, the chairman of the San Miguel County Democratic Party.

    Suazo told the Washington Post last year that loyal Democrats can get a bump in the hiring process at local government entities if they consult with party leaders.

  • Cardinals wrestle fellow state champions

    This week’s triangular wrestling meet at Rio Rancho High featured a most exclusive lineup.

    The three 2008 state champion wrestling teams — Class 5A Rio Rancho, Class 4A Belen and Class 1A-3A Robertson — met in head-to-head duals.

    Unlike the other two schools, however, the Cardinals fielded only eight of 14 weight classes, with several grapplers out due to illness.

    Rio swept both foes, beating Robertson 56-15 and routing Belen 62-11. Belen defeated Robertson 54-21.

  • City may target sex offenders

    A proposed city ordinance would provide tougher restrictions than state law on where convicted sex offenders can live.

    This week, the City Council took the first step toward passing an ordinance proposed by Mayor Tony Marquez.

    State law requires that sex offenders live at least 1,000 feet away from a school or daycare center. The city’s proposed ordinance would expand that to playgrounds, parks and the city’s recreation center.

    Under state laws, all convicted sex offenders must register with the county sheriff when they change their residences.

  • City mulls rules for sales on sidewalks

    The city is considering an ordinance that would regulate sidewalk sales.

    “This is something we’ve been thinking of for quite awhile,” Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director, said during a meeting with Bridge Street business owners Thursday. “The city sidewalk is city property, and there’s liability there.”

    Martinez said that creating a permitting process in the downtown business area for sidewalk sales would create an “environment of activity” in the area.

  • Rangerettes stun WLV in overtime

    Amanda Padilla was Miss Big Shot on Tuesday night.

     

    Padilla hit the game-tying basket to force overtime and then connected on the game-winner as Mora surprised West Las Vegas 46-44 at Montoya Gym.

     

    Mora improved to 9-3, while WLV — the No. 2 rated team in Class 3A — slipped to 8-2.

     

    “It was nip and tuck the whole way,” Mora coach Mark Cassidy said, noting the game was tied 19-19 at halftime and remained tight throughout.

     

  • COLUMN: A look ahead

    SANTA FE — Happy 2009. Let’s see what we can do about attempting some predictions for a new year.

    2008 was as unpredictable as years ever get. 2009 will be just as capricious because we’ll be living with the results of last year’s craziness.

    President Barack Obama will be neither a savior nor the end of the world. He will disappoint those whose expectations were too high and produce some begrudging acceptances from those who harbored great suspicion.

  • LETTER: Traffic increasing on New Mexico

    Thank you, councilmen Morris Madrid and Cruz Roybal, for making a very important point in noting that there are three elementary schools on New Mexico Avenue. This street is an old residential neighborhood and a portion of it is on the National Historic Register.

    There are also several boarding homes in this area, and because of this and other economic factors there are many pedestrians. Increased traffic on this street may endanger the lives of the people who frequently have to cross this street as well as the elementary students who walk to and from school.

  • EDITORIAL: Richardson still on the job

    As hard as it must have been for him, Gov. Bill Richardson did the right thing by withdrawing his name from nomination as secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department. It’s best for both the nation and, hopefully, our state.

  • EDITORIAL: Discuss issue in the open

    For three hours last week, the Highlands University Board of Regents met behind closed doors to discuss the possible acquisition of the College of Santa Fe, a private school that is suffering financial difficulties.

    The state Open Meetings Act creates an exception for governing bodies to meet in closed session to discuss acquisitions of real property. The College of Santa Fe issue certainly would fall under this exception.