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Today's News

  • Campos to retire from Luna

    Luna Community College President Pete Campos has once again announced that he is planning to retire from Luna.
    Campos notified Dan Romero, the new chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees, by letter on Wednesday morning, and the college issued a news release shortly thereafter.

  • Senior profile - Kayt Peck - A consummate playwright

    By Lupita M. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A dog snoozes as he gathers warmth from a sealed wood-burning stove in the living room. Outside, yelps a hyper-active dog eager to greet visitors. Aware that the guests have been in the house for about two hours, the caged canine manages to break out — just to be sociable.

  • Blue collar kid defies the odds

    Some kids are expected to go to college after high school. That wasn’t the case for Sam Minner one of six finalists vying to be Highlands University’s next president.

    Minner, 62, grew up in Collinsville, Ill., a small town in the greater St. Louis Metropolitan area. His father was a soldier and steelworker, his mother a homemaker.

    Most of his relatives were steelworkers, ironworkers or worked on the railroad, Minner said. No one in his family had attended college.

  • Rio Gallinas finally in new home

    As school districts prepare for their upcoming graduations, Rio Gallinas Middle School has finally moved into its new home.

    “We just moved in and got everything squared away,” School Administrator Gerald Garcia said. “It has been a challenge and we are six or seven months late, but it finally got the approvals to move in.”

    The school had been housed at West Las Vegas High School for several months after it was evicted by the city of Las Vegas from a building at Dee Bibb Industrial Park in October, over safety concerns.

  • Retiring archbishop says archdiocese a better place

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — More than two decades after taking over in the wake of sexual abuse scandals, retiring Santa Fe Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he believes he’s leaving the archdiocese a better place and that there’s more accountability in addressing allegations of abuse.

    The archdiocese now has a zero-tolerance policy, and New Mexico is more open and transparent regarding abuse investigations, Sheehan said Monday.

  • Flag-raising ceremony
  • Audit: Retention program rushed

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A review by internal auditors suggests the Albuquerque Police Department’s officer retention program wasn’t well executed.

    The program, which provides pay incentives to police officers nearing retirement but willing to stay, didn’t require a commitment from officers to remain for a certain period of time, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

  • UNM dean to step down

    The Associated Press

    The dean of the UNM law school will step down this summer after taking over just two years ago.

    David Herring’s resignation was announced Tuesday by Provost Chaouki Abdallah in a letter to the law school community.

    Abdallah says Herring will remain at UNM as a tenured member of the law school faculty when his term as dean ends July 1.

    Herring’s resignation stems from policy disagreements with some faculty members.

  • In Brief - News - May 1, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Student rebuked for rosary

  • Jail Log - May 1, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 22 and April 29:
    Pete Martinez, 35, confinement order
    Tracy Crespin, 28, six-day commitment
    Kevin Romero, 29, confinement Order
    Anthony Tapia, 24, failure to comply with conditions of probation
    Stormy Dominguez, 26, failure to appear
    William Richardson, 63, breaking and entering
    Bobby Archuleta, 46, child support enforcement
    Adam Hern, 39, three-day commitment
    Lisa Sena, 44, DWI/suspended/revoked