Local News

  • 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.

  • Club spending target of inquiry

    Luna Community College officials said they have discovered the school’s former baseball coach and the team’s booster club president made unauthorized expenditures from the now-defunct club’s fund.

    Additionally, the college contends that it can’t account for $7,875 in money that should have been collected from team members.

  • Las Vegas watchdog group disbands

    The group that spearheaded the effort three years ago to reduce the City Council from eight members to four has disbanded.

    Members of the Committee of the People reported that they voted this week to dissolve the group because they completed their job.

    “We accomplished our goals. We encourage other people to get involved in the system and form a group,” said member Leith Johnson.

  • HU reports enrollment increase

    First-time freshman enrollment at Highlands University continues to grow, an official said.

    Thomasina Ortiz-Gallegos, director of academic support at Highlands, said that as of Feb. 27, 1,836 freshmen have submitted applications for the fall semester, compared to 1,295 in 2007, an increase of 541 first-time freshman. She told the university’s academic affairs committee that there’s still a lot of work to do getting transcripts and other paperwork completed before the university can say for sure how many freshmen will be in the classroom.