Sierra County Probate Judge Pamela Smith has resigned following allegations of fraud and tampering with official documents.
Due to the seriousness of the pending charges and criminal investigation by New Mexico State Police, a petition for immediate temporary suspension, without pay, was filed in the State Supreme Court by Judicial Standards Commission Executive Director and General Counsel, Randall Roybal.
Responding to the sudden resignation of Probate Judge Pam Smith amid a flurry of legal accusations, Sierra County Commissioners convened for a special meeting Wednesday morning, October 18. After considering a list of six proposed candidates, commissioners approved a motion to name former Sierra County Magistrate Court Judge Tom Pestak to fulfill Smith’s current term.
The T-or-C Schools’ new fitness center and weight room is one step closer to reality. At their regular monthly meeting, Thursday, October 12, the school board voted to accept the bid from Mevaco LLC, a Las Cruces based construction firm to be the general contractors for the build. Money for the project is part of the bond issue approved in 2015. Ten firms were contacted and attended the pre-bid conference with only two submitting bids. Both bids the district received put the costs at more than