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  • Looking Back - Jan. 20, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, Jan. 22 — Nine Highlands University seniors have been selected for membership in Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Ray Farmer, dean of students, has announced. They are Orlando Baca, Roger Callaway, Donna Lorene Dixon, Patricia Marie Gallegos, Donna Sue Keserich, William Lomas, Concha Madrid, Amado Manuel Padilla and Richard Rindone. Miss Gallegos, Miss Keserich and Mr. Callaway are from Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 20, 2014

    R.H.S Blood drive
    Robertson High School will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan 23, in Mike Marr Gym. To make an appointment or for more information, call Bryanna Duran at 426-6007 or Donna Ortiz at 429-4698.

  • Weather - Jan. 20, 2014

    Monday
     Sunny, with a high near 54. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20. East wind 5-10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 57. South wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 16.

    Thursday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:08 a.m. to 5:16 p.m.

  • Dept. seeks applicants for wildlife officers

    Submitted to the Optic
    The Department of Game and Fish is looking for qualified men and women to join the next generation of conservation officers who protect and conserve the state’s wildlife.

    Recruitment is open now and will end Feb. 7 for this position. The Department has multiple positions statewide.

  • Appointments being taken for child seat fitting event

    Submitted to the Optic

    The NMDOT, Safer New Mexico Now and the City of Las Vegas will hold a child safety seat fitting station on Jan. 29. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Las Vegas Fire Station #1, 604 Legion Drive.

  • Board may ask Campos to stay

    A Luna Community College trustee who has been one of President Pete Campos’ fiercest critics inquired at a meeting Monday whether the board could have the option of continuing with Campos at the school’s helm a while longer.

    “Can we have the option to bring the president back,” Trustee Ernie Chavez asked at the board of trustees work session.

  • Many volunteers pitch in - Cultural center’s opening is near

    Gloria Gonzales had a dream to create a community center that many can enjoy. Her dream is materializing as the Old Ribera School received its certificate of occupancy on January 3. The news was a long time coming for Gonzales, but there is still work to be done, as her dream is not completely alive.

    “In my dream I saw a building where children were laughing and having fun,” Gonzales said while looking at the 6,395 square foot building that overlooks the valley. “I wanted to make it come alive and it started many years ago.”

  • Espinoza chosen for sheriff post

    The Mora County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint Amos Espinoza to the vacant sheriff’s post.

    Espinoza, a native of Mora County, is a volunteer with the Guadalupita fire department and has previously worked as a deputy in the department, said Mora County Manager Rebecca P. Montoya.

    She said Espinoza thanked the Commission at the meeting and expressed that he is looking forward to stepping into the position.  

    Montoya said Espinoza has been a certified law enforcement officer since June 2010.

  • Assessor issues warning over letter

    The San Miguel County assessor and clerk are warning the public to beware of a letter being sent out seeking $83 in exchange for the person’s property deed.

    The letter — from Property Transfer Services, out of Sioux Falls, S.D. — looks like an official government bill, though in small print on the envelope the company does disclose that it is not a government agency.

  • Nonprofit suspends Sanchez

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico has suspended one of its employees after the man was arrested last Friday on drug trafficking charges.

    Andrea Maril, the organization’s chief executive officer, confirmed to the Optic that Raymond J. Sanchez, 32, who resides at 1302 Second Street, has been suspended without pay pending the organization’s own investigation.

    “We did do very thorough background checks  on him initially, and they all came back clear, as did his references,” Maril said.