Today's News

  • Luna hit with federal lawsuit

    Luna Community College is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly discriminating against the college’s former academic director.

    Charlene Ortiz-Cordova has accused the college’s former president of sexual harassment, saying he allegedly touched her and made inappropriate comments between October 2005 and April 2006.

    The lawsuit, filed in federal court Friday, claims the harassment resulted in a hostile work environment and that Ortiz-Cordova was forced to step down from her position.

  • Colts slip past Cards in OT

    Wade Thomas scored seven of his team’s eight points in overtime Saturday afternoon to lead New Mexico Military past visiting Robertson 52-48.

    All of NMMI’s points in the extra session were of the free-throw variety; the Colts rarely missed from the stripe down the stretch, going eight for 10 in OT and six of eight in the fourth quarter.

    It was a tough way to end it for the Cardinals, who led 18-12 after one period, 30-25 at halftime and 38-33 at the end of the third period.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Highlands takes step toward acquiring Santa Fe school

    Highlands University signed off on a letter of intent Monday as an official first step toward taking over the College of Santa Fe — a major expansion for the local four-year institution.

    The acquisition is contingent upon the approval of the state Legislature and the state Board of Finance, among other agencies.

    After an hourlong closed session, Highlands' Board of Regents voted 3-0 in favor of the letter, which gives the university a 120-day window to buy the financially struggling Santa Fe school.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    DOWN thumb ... BUILDING UP STEAM. By mid-week, the photos told the story. A scowling Gov. Bill Richardson, at a press conference intended to show off landscaping at an Albuquerque interstate intersection, sat in his vehicle as reporters bombarded him with questions about his withdrawal as nominee for U.S. commerce secretary. But that’s old news; now it’s all about his relationship with CDR Financial Products, the California firm that appears to be central to a grand jury investigation.

  • Lady Cards healthy vs. Huskies

    Brooke Knezevich dropped 25 points on the visiting Hope Huskies and Kassandra Tapia had 19 Thursday night in one of the Robertson Lady Cardinals’ better wins of the season.

    The Lady Cards won a physical contest against a highly regarded opponent and showed strength throughout. After a close first period, RHS outscored Hope Christian 21-10 in the second to take a 32-19 halftime lead.

    The Huskies cut into the deficit and trailed just 44-38 going into the fourth. Three times in the final frame, they got within three points of the Lady Cardinals.

  • Mayor says city working with county to get funds

    Mayor Tony Marquez says the city and San Miguel County are working in collaboration to get federal funding for a number of projects that would improve the quality of life for residents.

    “I, along with County Manager Les Montoya, have submitted a request to the Economic Development District’s ready-to-go projects for improvements that would be good for both the city and the county. We have jointly submitted a proposal for consideration in the infrastructure and economic stimulus bill presently being considered by Congress,” Marquez said.

  • Roybal defends 'roundtable at Hillcrest'

    Councilman Cruz Roybal took exception to comments by Mayor Tony Marquez recently about the “roundtable at Hillcrest.”

    In an interview with the Optic, Marquez was referring to the group of politicos who have been known to meet in the morning and have coffee at the popular local restaurant. One of the politicos is Marty Suazo, the chairman of the San Miguel County Democratic Party.

    Suazo told the Washington Post last year that loyal Democrats can get a bump in the hiring process at local government entities if they consult with party leaders.

  • Cardinals wrestle fellow state champions

    This week’s triangular wrestling meet at Rio Rancho High featured a most exclusive lineup.

    The three 2008 state champion wrestling teams — Class 5A Rio Rancho, Class 4A Belen and Class 1A-3A Robertson — met in head-to-head duals.

    Unlike the other two schools, however, the Cardinals fielded only eight of 14 weight classes, with several grapplers out due to illness.

    Rio swept both foes, beating Robertson 56-15 and routing Belen 62-11. Belen defeated Robertson 54-21.

  • City may target sex offenders

    A proposed city ordinance would provide tougher restrictions than state law on where convicted sex offenders can live.

    This week, the City Council took the first step toward passing an ordinance proposed by Mayor Tony Marquez.

    State law requires that sex offenders live at least 1,000 feet away from a school or daycare center. The city’s proposed ordinance would expand that to playgrounds, parks and the city’s recreation center.

    Under state laws, all convicted sex offenders must register with the county sheriff when they change their residences.

  • City mulls rules for sales on sidewalks

    The city is considering an ordinance that would regulate sidewalk sales.

    “This is something we’ve been thinking of for quite awhile,” Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director, said during a meeting with Bridge Street business owners Thursday. “The city sidewalk is city property, and there’s liability there.”

    Martinez said that creating a permitting process in the downtown business area for sidewalk sales would create an “environment of activity” in the area.