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Today's News

  • Woman says marijuana helps her

    Vicky Harvey of Chacon, who was arrested on drug charges last year, admits that she has grown marijuana and smokes it.

    The 53-year-old contends she is entitled to do so under the state’s law allowing the use of medical marijuana. She is suffering from breast cancer.

    In late August, the Mora County Sheriff’s Department received a tip from her landlord that she had been growing marijuana in her back yard. According to a criminal complaint, authorities found four potted marijuana plants there.

  • Candidate focuses on poverty

    Rudy Martn’s passion is evident. He wants to fight the poverty that plagues northern New Mexico — in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Martn, 56, is an attorney who lives in Dixon, where he was born and raised. He said he has dedicated his life to protecting people’s civil rights, and is now seeking the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District seat.

    He received less than a percent in the preprimary convention last weekend, but he is expected to press on and collect the signatures needed to get on the ballot.

  • Students complain about meal service

    Some Highlands University students are complaining about their meal program.

    Two of them addressed the Board of Regents last week, contending that the Cantina is not catering to students’ needs. Student body president Greg Rael brought up many of the same issues during an earlier meeting of the student affairs committee on March 7.

    Anthony Jaramillo said he paid $1,179 for the 10-meal plan, which comes out to $5.90 a meal. He said others on a different plan pay $7.37 a meal.

  • Regensberg to run

    Bengie Regensberg, a Mora County Democrat, has announced his candidacy for District 68 state representative. The district includes Mora, Colfax, Guadalupe, San Miguel and Taos counties.

    He previously held that position until he lost to Hector Balderas in 2004. The District 68 seat is now held by Democrat Thomas Garcia, who took the position after Balderas became state auditor.

    Regensberg said he offers many years of experience in public service.

  • Students get ready for Easter week

    Noah Lujan says his class at Sierra Vista Elementary is ”the luckiest class in the whole world.”

    The second-grader in Theresa Chavez’s class said they are always doing fun projects. The kids have spent the last several days up to their elbows in paper-mach paste making Easter Baskets.

    “The children are doing a hands-on art activity making their own Easter baskets. Mixing water and flower to make the paste the kids then dip different colors of paper into the mix and then put the paper around a balloon and let it dry,” Chavez said.

  • Highlands regents OK tuition hike

    As the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents prepared to take action on a tuition increase, members were reminded that Highlands still has the lowest tuition fees of any university in the state, even with the rate hike.

  • Handling of rape cases questioned

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital may not have followed its own policy in handling a rape victim in November.

    The hospital is supposed to provide alternatives to rape victims when they arrive at the emergency room, said Joan Krohn, a member of Women’s Health Advocates, a group of nurses, social workers and residents.

    The local hospital has rape kits that help prosecutors prove rapes, while St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe has nurses certified in examining sexual assaults, she said.

  • Ex-official is facing harassment complaint

    The former academic director of Luna Community College has accused a former president of sexual harassment, according to a sexual discrimination complaint filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    Leroy “Huero” Sanchez is accused of touching and making inappropriate comments to Charlene Ortiz-Cordova, 37, between October 2005 and April 2006, according to the complaint, which was filed in October 2006.

    Ortiz-Cordova said in the complaint that Sanchez made inappropriate comments, such as “You are making me horny.”

  • Regent in charge of academic panel

    Nancy Long has replaced Rosanna Vazquez as New Mexico Highlands University regent. The Santa Fe attorney said her law firm, Long, Pound & Komer, of which she is president, represented the university of many years.

    “I really grew to enjoy the people here and got to know a lot about Highlands, so I’m really happy to return as a regent,” Long said.

    Long took the chairmanship of the Academic Affairs Committee Monday and said she’s taking the post with an open mind and a desire to take a fresh look at things

  • Salazar to run for second county term

    San Miguel County Commission Chairman David Salazar announced Thursday that he is running for a second term.

    Salazar, 62, is the commissioner who proposed the county look into setting up a rock crusher operation as a way of lowering costs for road improvements. The county is now moving in that direction and plans to dedicate a voter-approved tax toward that purpose.

    Initially, the county had planned to use the money from the tax by dividing it equally among all five commission districts. But Salazar said the portions would have been too small to make any real difference.