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  • Weather - July 8, 2015

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Thursday

  • Plenty of moisture
  • 1,900 youth elk hunting licenses go on sale today

    Submitted to the Optic

    More than 1,900 youth, antlerless elk licenses will go on sale through the Department of Game and Fish Online License System at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday).

    The sale is designed to encourage youth hunting and includes almost 1,500 licenses for hunters using any legal weapon, and 450 licenses for hunters using a muzzleloader or bow.

  • Regents set goals for new prez

    Sam Minner took over as president of New Mexico Highlands University just last Wednesday and already he has a sizeable to-do list that is sure to keep him busy for much of his first year here.

    The university released a copy of Minner’s employment contract to the Optic late Thursday. Among the things it outlines are six goals regents want the new president to accomplish during his first year on the job.

  • Spectacular show
  • Gov: Tougher ‘three strikes’ law needed

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The state’s “three strikes” law is weak and doesn’t do enough to take violent criminals off the streets, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said.

    While promoting a new law that expands the state’s Amber Alerts to cellphones, the Republican said last week she’d like to see a tougher three strikes law in New Mexico and hopes lawmakers examine it next session. Martinez said New Mexico’s three strikes law is so narrow that no inmate is currently serving a life sentence under it.

  • Prosecutor named to public defender group

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico governor’s reappointment of a career prosecutor to the Public Defender Commission has revived lawmakers’ questions about whether Republican Susan Riedel is legally qualified for the post.

    Riedel resigned from the commission before its January 2014 meeting to run for attorney general but lost the race. Gov. Susana Martinez reappointed Riedel on Friday, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

  • Morning exercise
  • In Brief - News - July 6, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Partially buried body found
    ALBUQUERQUE, — Albuquerque police found a body in what appears to be a shallow grave in the southwest part of the city.
    Police say the body, which was partially buried under a concrete slab, was recovered Friday near Bluewater and Airport Drive.
    Police spokesman Simon Drobik says someone reported the body Thursday after seeing a hand sticking out of some dirt and a sock.

  • World’s largest folk art market to open

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — It’s more than the world’s largest folk art market. It’s about keeping traditions alive and helping artisans from developing countries use their skills to start their own businesses.

    Now in its 12th year, the International Folk Art Market will feature more than 150 artists who will be showcasing everything from hand-woven baskets and blankets to vessels hammered out of silver, colorful carvings, ceramics, jewelry and intricate beadwork.