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  • Murder defendant doesn’t want jury

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The man accused of fatally shooting another man to death during a meth-fueled party last May and then conspiring with others to burn down the apartment where the shooting occurred has asked to waive his right to a jury trial.

    Joseph “Wicked” Montoya, 32, is asking instead that his fate be decided by the judge presiding over his case.

  • Watershed Olympics set for Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    It’s time to celebrate outside before the winter cold sets in. The third annual Gallinas Watershed Olympics is happening on Oct. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Gallinas River south of Bridge Street.

    This event, sponsored by the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, is a chance to put work boots aside and have some fun with neighbors to recognize the role of the Gallinas Watershed in our lives.

  • Union sues over teacher eval system

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE— A union representing New Mexico school workers filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to invalidate a new teacher-evaluation system that places a heavy emphasis on student performance on standardized tests.

    The National Education Association-New Mexico filed the lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe against Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera.

  • AG to investigate email flap

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office announced Monday that it’s taking over an investigation into the alleged destruction of emails and other electronic records within the Dona Ana County district attorney’s office.

    Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said it appears the disappearance of the information was not a clerical error, but the planned destruction of state records.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Oct. 1, 2014

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    PNM warns of another scam

    PNM issued a warning to its customers Monday, asking them to beware of a 1-800 number with a recording that sounds just like the real toll-free PNM number. The number is a fake and is a scam aimed at taking your money, the utility said. 

  • Weather - Oct. 1, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon.  Partly cloudy at night with a low around 41. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers after 7 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers before 7 p.m. Clear at night, with a low around 39.

    Sunny, with a high near 74. Clear at night, with a low around 42

  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 1, 2014

    Video, panel discussion scheduled
    Eugene “Gus” Newport, a community activist, will take part in a panel discussion following the airing of a video documentary, “Holding Ground,” at 6 p.m. Friday, at the Leveo Sanchez room on the Highlands University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 1, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, Sept. 28 — The political rally staged by the Democratic party of San Miguel; County at the Old Armory Sunday night drew a crowd of about 650 hungry, enthusiastic party members. Food they got, a really lavish supper prepared by the Democratic Women of San Miguel County under the leadership of Mrs. R.D. Laumbach, president of the organization; and fighting speeches they heard, and approved, from their local and state party candidates and leaders.

  • Alta Vista welcomes nurse practitioners

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nurse practitioners Wietske Moore and Lindsay Carlucci have joined the medical staff of Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Moore is a graduate of George Mason University and Shenandoah University. She has more than 30 years of medical experience, to include hospital and clinic environments.

    Moore is no stranger to New Mexico Prior to working on the east coast, she practiced in Truth or Consequences.