Local News

  • NMHU students create exhibit for museum

    By Margaret McKinney

    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts students created a hands-on multimedia exhibit, The Science of Cities, for the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. A grand opening of the exhibit was held earlier this month.

    The high-tech, high-touch exhibit is designed to engage children in fun interactive learning about how cities work, including a cultural focus on Santa Fe’s nine sister cities around the world.

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  • Mayor’s travel tops $9,500

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    In the last 10 months Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz has spent more than two months on the road logging about 4,000 miles while attending some 30 official functions at a cost of $9,500 to the city.

    “And it was worth every penny of it,” says City Manager Tim Dodge of his boss’ travels.

    A lobbyist would cost the city around $25,000 just for the legislative session and couldn’t possibly bring the level of expertise and devotion to the job that Ortiz does, Dodge says.

  • Help for veterans - Vietnam vets to get equine assist

    Roberto Ortiz is no stranger to fighting to stay alive on foreign soil. The effects of flying bullets and being in a war-torn county still are vivid in his mind. But recently Ortiz and several other  Vietnam veterans have been getting help through a program that pairs veterans with horses.

    Earlier this year the local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 1063 teamed up with the local Ride to Pride program, the goal being to help veterans deal with mental and behavioral health issues using equine-assisted therapy.

  • Mora sheriff faces more sanctions

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    In the wake of being charged with tampering with public records and criminal solicitation, embattled Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza now faces further disciplinary action from the state Law Enforcement Academy board.

    The same board suspended Garza’s law enforcement certification for 120 days and placed him on one year’s probation last July in a separate case that did not produce any criminal charges.

  • Young fugitive back behind bars

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A 20-year-old man who fled town last summer after an overnight stay with a woman turned sour is back behind bars on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, child abuse, tampering with evidence and fleeing from police.

    Rosendo Dimas, formerly of the 5900 block of Airport Road in Santa Fe, is being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond after the long arm of the law found him at the Chavez County jail, where he was being held on an unrelated drug case, according to court records.

  • Looking Back - May 17, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, May 21 — Commencement exercises will be held at 7:30 tonight at the Immaculate Conception Church for the final graduating class of the Immaculate Conception School. The Rt. Rev. Monsignor William T. Bradley, superintendent of Catholic Schools in New Mexico, will confer the diplomas to 13 students. Graduates are Clara Conrad, Peter Delgado, Gilbert Esquibel, Tom Huie, Frank Lovato, Jose Maestas, Robert Martinez Jr, Susan Rehders, Elsie Romero, Grace Romero, Dolores Rudolph, Herman Sanchez Jr. and Earl Williams.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 17, 2013

    Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo is Saturday

    The 22nd annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. this Saturday at the NMHU Wilson Gym parking lot. Cost is $5 and includes a new helmet, or $1 if attendee provides a helmet. Ages 5 to 12. For more information, call 425-3637.

  • Weather - May 17, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15-20 mph becoming southwest 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.  Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. Breezy.

  • Obama reacts to mounting controversies

    By Julie Pace
    AP White House Correspondent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Under mounting pressure, President Barack Obama on Wednesday released a trove of documents related to the Benghazi attack and forced out the top official at the Internal Revenue Service following revelations that the agency targeted conservative political groups. The moves were aimed at halting a perception spreading among both White House opponents and allies that the president has been passive and disengaged as controversies consume his second term.