Mickie Vega of Carrizozo has been appointed by the governor to serve as Lincoln County Magistrate Court judge until the election later this year.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Vega's appointment along with that of Alan Brown of Elephant Butte to the Sierra County Magistrate Court.
"Mickie has nearly 20 years of experience with legal and administrative work in courts, law enforcement and government," Martinez said. "This diverse and extensive background makes her the ideal candidate to serve the people of Lincoln County on the magistrate court." Vega is filling the vacancy in Division I created by the retirement in January of former judge Martha Proctor.
Vega began her career as a municipal court clerk for the town of Carrizozo, and then worked with the County Sheriff's Department and the 12th Judicial District Court. She is a trained paralegal and is active in her community as a member of the State Bar of New Mexico Paralegal Division, and the Otero and Lincoln County Bench and Bar Association. Vega earned her bachelor's degree from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
In the June Republican primary for the position of magistrate judge, Vega will face attorney Miguel O. Garcia, County Planning Director Curt Temple and White Oaks resident Lori J. Wetzel.
An article in the Monday Memo written by editor Wendel Sloan won first place in "Writing for the Web" in a communications contest sponsored by New Mexico Press Women. The article was about a Portales couple who found a 1969 Pennyslvania high school ring in their front yard and, with ENMU's help, tracked it to its owner, an ENMU grad working in Arizona.
Sloan also won second place for a TV spot he wrote which was produced by KENW-TV. The Monday Memo won second place for "Website Publications."
Desiree M. Cooper, a communication major and assistant editor of the Monday Memo, was awarded a scholarship to attend the New Mexico Press Women Convention this weekend in Las Cruces and picked up the awards.
|(courtesy of the Roswell Daily Record)|