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  • Looking ahead - News - Nov. 21, 2014

    Farmers Market open at Mallette’s store
    The Tri-cCounty Farmers Market will be opening a Winter Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Mallette’s Farm Supply store on Highway 518. For more information, call 426-1468.

  • Weather - Nov. 21, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the morning. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 26. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 17.

    Sunny, with a high near 39 and a low around 16.

  • Department lifts boil water advisory for Ojo Feliz

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau is lifting the “boil water advisory” for the Ojo Feliz Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association located in Mora County.

    NMED issued the advisory on Nov. 8 after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level for E. coli was discovered in drinking water at the water system. The advisory only applied to customers served by the Ojo Feliz MDWCA and did not extend to any of the other surrounding water systems or communities.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Nov. 21, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Audit slams county office

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Bernalillo County treasurer’s office is being accused of violating state law, making risky investments and giving preferential treatment to some brokers, according to a special audit released Wednesday.

    The review made public by state Auditor Hector Balderas’ office questions whether more than $900 million in investment purchases were in the best interest of New Mexico’s most populous county.

  • OB-GYN suspended over claims

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico obstetrician and gynecologist has been suspended following an investigation into claims that he had sex with patients, drank on the job and left patients giving birth “unattended.”

    The New Mexico Medical Board voted last week to suspend Christopher S. Driskill from practicing medicine and said he posed a danger to public safety, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

    The Hobbs doctor is slated to become president of the New Mexico Medical Society in May.

  • Archdiocese facing more suits

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe was hit last week with five more lawsuits alleging that several of its priests sexually abused children decades ago. Three of the new lawsuits allege abuse by priests at Immaculate Conception or Our Lady of Sorrows parishes in Las Vegas. They name Jason Sigler, Sabine Griego and Michael O’Brien as the priests who perpetrated the abuse.

  • Devastating blaze - Ulibarri’s home destroyed by fire

    Rock Ulibarri’s signature cowboy hat is gone, along with his home and his lifelong belongings. But his spirit remains positive as he looks forward to rebuilding after a devastating fire engulfed his El Porvenir home Thursday night.

    The house provided a home for the incoming county commissioner and his sons. Ulibarri and his 13-year-old son, Santiago, made it out safety. Their blind mix-breed, 13-year-old dog, Willow, also made her way out of the blaze.

  • State breaks temperature records

    The Associated Press

    The blast of wintry weather moving across New Mexico has resulted in several broken records, including here in Las Vegas.

    Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say Eagle Nest led the pack Monday with a low temperature of minus 17. The mountain community hadn’t been that cold this early in a season since Nov. 10, 1950, when the temperature dropped to 20 below zero.

    Taos, Moriarty, Raton, Las Vegas and Roswell also set records.

  • Rep. Luján to head campaign committee

    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON   — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that she had tapped Rep. Ben Ray Luján to head the campaign committee and try to get the party back on track after a drubbing in midterm elections.

    The 42-year-old Luján, who would be the first Hispanic to hold the post, will succeed New York Rep. Steve Israel as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.