Today's News

  • Gov. signs capital outlay package

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law a measure financing about $86 million worth of capital improvements, ranging from prison upgrades to vehicles for senior citizen centers.

    The capital outlay bill, which contains $7.3 million for improvements at the New Mexico Behaviorial Health Institute in Las Vegas, was approved by the Legislature during a special session that ended last month.

  • Authorities search for admitted killer’s victims

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Police have reopened the unsolved case of an Albuquerque woman missing for 16 years after authorities received new information connected to a man who boasted in writings that he was responsible for around 40 victims.

    Albuquerque police were set to join FBI agents and New Mexico State Police on Tuesday in a search around Elephant Butte Reservoir and nearby caves where they believe David Parker Ray may have buried some of his claimed victims.

  • New Mexico News In Brief - Oct. 12, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Former N.M. soldier buried
    EL PASO, TEXAS  — A former Marine from Albuquerque killed in Afghanistan has been buried in Texas. Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz was buried with full military honors Monday in El Paso in front of more than 1,000 supporters.

    Veterans, friends of the family and members of military families attended the 27-year-old’s funeral.

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  • Elections change suggested for PRC candidates

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jason Marks says New Mexico’s political parties can play a role in reforming the troubled regulatory agency, which has seen two of its members forced from office since last year.

    Marks wants to change how candidates for the PRC earn a spot on the primary election ballot, and he proposes requiring them to earn the support of party activists at pre-primary nominating conventions. That’s already done for candidates running for statewide offices and Congress.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 12, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Oct. 13 — E.G. Murphey of this city has been re-elected as president of the territorial board of pharmacy. The board has completed sessions in Roswell and Albuquerque and Mr. Murphey returned home yesterday. The next session will be held in Santa Fe during the session of the first state legislature. Those who were successful applicants this year for licenses as registered pharmacists are as follows: C.L. Crawford, of Dexter; W.H. Duckworth of Clovis; E.J. Hubbard, of Roswell; J. McChefflin, Artesia...

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 12, 2011

    Annual enchilada dinner is Thursday

    The 13th annual enchilada dinner to fund Mustard Seed grants will be from from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Hillcrest Restaurant. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 425-7763.

  • Weather - Oct. 12, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 71. North wind around 5 mph, becoming calm. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40. South wind around 5 mph, becoming calm.  

    Sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42.

    Sunny, with a high near 73. Clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Sunny, with a high near 75.

  • Correction - News - Oct. 12, 2011

    A story in Friday’s Optic about property tax rates should have said that the property tax rate for Tierra y Montes remains the same as last year’s rate and that the tax rate for Luna Community College went down. While taxpayers may see an increase in the amount they pay to those entities, the increase is due to the increase in the valuation of residential properties. 

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 12, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Minister resigns over deaths

    CAIRO  — Egypt’s finance minister resigned Tuesday to protest the government’s handling of weekend protests that left 26 dead, most of them Coptic Christian demonstrators, an aide to the minister said.