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  • Prince, Haggard, Bowie, White, Frey: Lousy year for music

    By David Bauder
    AP Entertainment Writer

    NEW YORK — It’s only April and already 2016 is a terrible year for music.

    That’s not to slight Kendrick Lamar, Sturgill Simpson, Beyonce or some unknown creator working in a basement to turn the sounds in their head into a file for everyone to hear and enjoy.

  • Prince, Haggard, Bowie, White, Frey: Lousy year for music

    By David Bauder
    AP Entertainment Writer

    NEW YORK — It’s only April and already 2016 is a terrible year for music.

    That’s not to slight Kendrick Lamar, Sturgill Simpson, Beyonce or some unknown creator working in a basement to turn the sounds in their head into a file for everyone to hear and enjoy.

  • In Brief - News - April 24, 2016

    The Associated Press

    State must pay ACLU $90K

    New Mexico has lost a long-running lawsuit over legal fees in a public records case.

    The New Mexican reports that state taxpayers will now be responsible for $90,000 in legal fees for the American Civil Liberties Union.

    The state Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a 2014 decision that the ACLU is entitled to more than $87,000 in legal fees from the Secretary of State’s Office, a number that doesn’t include the fees incurred by the appeals process.

  • DNA test ordered to prove man’s claim

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A man who says he is the biological father of the late boxer Johnny Tapia will need a DNA test to prove it.

    A New Mexico judge ruled last week that Jerry Padilla must undergo a blood test to prove his claim after the fighter’s widow demanded it in a legal battle.

  • New Day at City Hall

    Newly elected Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron wasted no time in assembling her team, appointing local businessman David A. Ulibarri Jr. as the new city councilor for the Ward 1 seat and naming a new city manager and a new city attorney on Tuesday — a week after winning the mayoral runoff.

  • AG weighs in on Alta Vista OB issue

    The early March closing of the obstetrics department at Alta Vista Regional Hospital has gotten the attention of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. On Wednesday Balderas, a native of Wagon Mound, sent a letter to the hospital’s CEO Chris Wolf expressing his concerns regarding the closing, calling it “an unacceptable gap in services for women across the northeastern part of the state, placing vulnerable New Mexicans at risk.”

  • Get advice on preserving family history

    Submitted to the Optic

    Donnelly Library and the City of Las Vegas Museum will host workshops April 24 through 30 on preserving family documents.

    The workshops are part of the American Library Association’s national Preservation Week

  • NM prepares to sue over wolves

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico is threatening legal action against the federal government after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service quietly revealed its intention to release more Mexican gray wolves into the wild.

    The state Department of Game and Fish confirmed Wednesday that its lawyers have filed a notice of intent to sue over the proposed releases.

  • Virgin Galactic’s White Knight Two goes through paces at Spaceport

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    It was nothing but clear, blue skies as the sleek, jet-powered plane approached the runway at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico, only to briefly touch down and then thrust off again.

    Over and over again, Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo was put through the paces as the pilots, ground crew and mission control specialists checked off some of the numerous ground and air exercises scheduled this week as the team prepares for future commercial space flights.

  • Jail Log April 22, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 12 and April 19:

    Craig Arguello, 22, five-day commitment, bench warrant, LV/Municipal
    Maria Vigil, 25, positive UA
    Chris Trujillo, 32, failure To appear, driving on a suspended- revoked license, bench warrant, Mora
    Joshua Duran, 26, sexual communication with a child
    Lucas Ulibarri, 41, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Benito Chavez, 42, failure to comply with conditions of release