Local News

  • Land office to require gender-neutral pronouns

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE —  The first female to oversee New Mexico’s multibillion-dollar mineral resources is proposing to do away with gender-specific pronouns such as “he,” ‘’his” or “him” in state agency rulebooks.

    Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard says her agency will hold a public hearing Friday in Santa Fe on the proposed changes. Gender-specific pronouns would be replaced by more neutral or specific references.

  • NMHU sophomore to intern with national institute

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University biology sophomore Mikayla Roybal has won a competitive paid internship with the National Institute of Drug Addiction at the University of California–Irvine for the summer of 2019.

  • Fire damages home near Storrie Lake

    San Miguel County and Las Vegas fire personnel responded to a house fire at about noon Monday at a structure located north of Las Vegas and Storrie Lake along Highway 518, in the Nine Mile Hill area.

    The house is located near mile marker 9.

    Las Vegas Fire Chief Billy Montoya said county personnel handled all response and fire ground tacticss, while his department was only requested to shuttle water.

    There were no serious injuries.

  • Mora hires new county manager

    After having its top position filled on an interim basis for about 10 months, the Mora County Commission has hired a new county manager.

    Arturo Marlow has been selected to fill the position, coming to county government with 22 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, along with as well as experience in local government. He said that with a new commission at the start of 2019, he felt it was a suitable time to apply for the position.

  • Mora Schools under FBI investigation

    A strange report to a state agency and an apparent security breach got Carla Spaniel's attention — but it was a financial transaction, or lack thereof, that led to federal authorities being called out to Mora Schools last week.

    Spaniel, the interim Mora superinentendent, didn't recieve her paycheck on its regularly scheduled direct deposit schedule last week. That prompted her to look into what happened.

    The next day, FBI personnel came to Mora to meet with Spaniel. 

  • Small classes, big dreams

    The Pecos and Mora high school graduating classes of 2019 went through commencement ceremonies last weekend, with 36 Mora graduates and 45 new Pecos diploma recipients listed in programs.

    In the first photo, Liz Rougemont pins an item on to the gown of Angel Gomez of Pecos.

    In the second, Angelica Maestas of Mora was presented her diploma by her mother, Mora Schools board member, Lillian Maestas.

  • NM Fiber Arts: Showcasing their work

    Virginia Burham sets up a jewelry display in Las Vegas during last weekend’s New Mexico Fiber Crawl, which also took place simultaneously in Mora and several other cities.

    The event is designed to showcase the work of fiber artists; this was the first year Las Vegas was included and it’s the second year for Mora.

    More photos will be published in the Optic in the near future.

  • Education sec. announces funds for extended learning

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — More than 101,000 public school students will gain access to a variety of extended learning opportunities beyond the traditional school year starting this summer, Public Education Secretary Karen Trujillo announced Friday.

  • Little League park plagued by hypodermic needles

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico Little League park is fighting a battle against discarded syringes with attached hypodermic needles amid the region’s ongoing opioid epidemic.

    Atrisco Park, home of the Atrisco Valley Little League, in Albuquerque is racing to clean up syringes littering fields and the grounds to protect the children who play on them, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

  • Santa Fe man, shot by girlfriend’s teenage son, dies

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A 16-year-old Santa Fe boy will likely face more charges in the shooting of his mother’s boyfriend in the wake of the man’s death.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 39-year-old Ricardo Magana succumbed to his injuries Sunday from last month’s shooting.

    Deputy Chief Ben Valdez says an autopsy will be done before determining whether to file more charges.