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  • Martinez won’t run for state House minority leader post

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico House Speaker Ken Martinez says he won’t seek any leadership position when House Democrats reorganize in the wake of losing their majority in the chamber.

    Martinez told legislative colleagues in a letter Monday that it’s a time to rebuild and to learn from the campaign, which saw Republicans win a House majority for the first time in more than half a century.

  • Chamber director sues city

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce has filed a lawsuit against the city of Las Vegas, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and others alleging that she was retaliated against after reporting accusations that the mayor had sexually harassed two women.

  • Smoke and Mystery Tour

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents the Nelson Illusions Smoke and Mystery Tour at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    The award-winning Nelson Illusions is the largest touring illusion show in the United States. The show features four magicians performing a creative and engaging theatrical blend of mystery, music, drama, romance and comedy.

  • Charges filed in pot grow case

    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas police have charged a 72-year-old man with distribution of over 100 pounds of marijuana and two other felonies in a case that reportedly stems from a marijuana grow discovered last month in the Santa Fe National Forest north of Villanueva.

  • Prescribed burn planned in area

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fire managers at Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn in the Gallinas Watershed on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District this week.

    The Gallinas Watershed burn may be conducted today through the month of December, only on favorable days as conditions allow.

     A total of 1,000 acres may be treated in the Gallinas Canyon area approximately 20 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Small blocks may be treated each day to decrease the daily smoke volume.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 12, 2014

    San Miguel County Magistrate Court is tentatively scheduled to reopen its Seventh Street building this Thursday. Until then, essential magistrate services are being handled out of District Court.

  • Weather - Nov. 12, 2014

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 36. South wind around 15 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. South wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. South wind 15-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. A slight chance of rain and snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 12, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, Nov. 10 — The Wayfarers, nationally known recorders for RCA Victor, will be one of three groups to appear on “The Stars of Tomorrow,” a folk concert beginning tonight at 8 in Ilfeld Auditorium. Appearing with them will be Richard and Jim, a comic team, and Stan Wilson and Len Castro, folk singers. Admission will be 75 cents for Highlands students and $1.50 for all others.

  • Veterans Day Ceremony
  • Home stretch for drilling law

    The San Miguel County Commission on Wednesday will vote on whether to adopt an oil and gas drilling ordinance that imposes some of the strictest requirements on hydrocarbon exploration in the country.

    The Commission meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the County Commission chambers, on the second floor of the old courthouse building. Besides taking up the proposed oil and gas ordinance, commissioners will vote on whether to amend the county’s Comprehensive Plan to make it consistent with the drilling ordinance.