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  • Ex-chairman dies at 95

    By Douglass K. Daniel
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Bob Strauss could work with anybody — Democrats and Republicans, Americans and Soviets, Israelis and Arabs. Playing the game and making the deal made his day.

  • Health Council to conduct community forum Tuesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The San Miguel Family and Community Health Council will conduct a community forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the new Student Center on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. The forum will be in Room 322.

  • YouthBuild program
  • New Mexico seeks to lure Tesla battery factory

    Associated Press

    Excited by economic prospects, New Mexico officials are hoping to avoid what happened six years ago when Tesla Motors opted against establishing an auto manufacturing plant in the state.

    They’re discussing a variety of options in an effort to convince Tesla to build a lithium-ion battery factory here, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

  • Gov wants NM to stop collecting union dues

    Associated Press

    Contact talks with state employee unions are at an impasse because New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez wants the state to stop collecting union dues through withdrawals from employees’ paychecks, the governor said.

    The Republican governor raised the issue this week at a real estate luncheon in Albuquerque while criticizing teachers unions for opposing her administration’s policy initiatives, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Free tax help available

    Associated Press

    Low income residents and senior citizens in New Mexico can get their taxes prepared for free.

    Gov. Susana Martinez was in Albuquerque Tuesday to highlight Tax Help New Mexico, which offers free tax preparation for anyone over 65 and New Mexicans with an annual income of less than $52,000.

    Last season, Tax Help New Mexico prepared 31,478 returns that resulted in $19 million in refunds and saved New Mexicans more than $4 million in tax preparation fees.

  • City to begin removing signs

    The city of Las Vegas is warning political candidates that it plans to begin removing political signs from public property and from the public right of way, including utility poles.

    City officials have been looking into the issue for about two weeks after Ward 1 candidate Oliver L’Esperance complained about opponent Tonita Gurule-Giron’s signs being in the public right of way.

  • Beating the odds - ‘50 to 1’ hits the big screen

    He defied all the odds and captured the Kentucky Derby in 2009. The story of Mine that Bird, a thoroughbred racehorse, will soon be seen on the silver screen in Oscar-winning director Jim Wilson’s “50 to 1” movie.

  • Assessor’s office closed due to odor

    A musty odor in the San Miguel County Assessor’s Office and complaints of headaches and nausea from employees prompted county officials to shut down that suite of offices Tuesday morning. By early afternoon, all county offices had been shut down as a precautionary measure.

    They were slated to reopen to at 8 a.m. today.

    Employees who work in the Assessor’s Office were asked to go to the emergency room to get checked out, County Manager Les Montoya said. He said they all checked out OK.

  • Two arrested on DUI charges

    A Las Vegas woman was arrested and charged with driving drunk and multiple counts of abuse of a child. In an unrelated case, state police also arrested an Anton Chico man for driving under the influence and for having a pistol while intoxicated.

    Both were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center.