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  • FYI - News

    About 17 of the city’s fire hydrants will be flow tested today, Sept. 23, as part of an Insurance Services Office inspection of fire protection in the community. The outcome of the inspection affects property insurance rates in the area, and city Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the hydrant testing needs to get done despite the Stage IV water restrictions that have been in effect since April.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 21, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Dems push PRC  redistricting plans

    SANTA FE — Democrats pushed ahead Monday with plans to revise districts of New Mexico’s regulatory agency, despite the objections of Republicans who say the proposed changes will make it difficult for GOP candidates to compete in some parts of the state.

    The House and Senate approved separate but similar redistricting plans for the Public Regulation Commission, which regulates utilities, telecommunications and insurance.

  • Legislative panel OKs plan

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee approved a Democratic-backed plan for revamping state Senate districts that will pit two Republican incumbents against each other in the southeastern corner of the state.

    The Rules Committee endorsed the plan on a party-line vote Monday night, with Democrats backing it and Republicans opposed.

    The measure goes to another committee for consideration, but Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, said he hoped the full Senate will be able to debate the proposal Tuesday.

  • Redistricting plan gets senate OK

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republicans objected Monday that Democrats could keep a solid grip on two of New Mexico’s three congressional districts in the future under a redistricting plan approved by the Senate.

    The proposal cleared the Senate on a 27-14 party-line vote and was sent to the Democratic-controlled House for consideration. It’s uncertain when the House will take up the plan.

  • Lawmakers want changes in hearings

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican lawmakers are asking New Mexico regulators to hold more hearings outside of Santa Fe when they begin considering the fate of the state's greenhouse gas emissions rules.

    The House Republican Caucus said in its request that having the hearings in various locations around the state would give more people a chance to weigh in.

  • Breaking: Former Mayor Sanchez dies

    Former Mayor Henry O. Sanchez has died.

    Sanchez, a longtime basketball coach who served as mayor of Las Vegas for six years, died of an apparent heart attack at Alta Vista Regional Hospital Monday afternoon.

    For more on this developing story, pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic. 

  • Banker backed for East board

    Outgoing Las Vegas City Schools board member Ricky Serna is recommending that Ernesto Salazar replace him on the board.

    Serna made the recommendation during Thursday evenings work session, his final meeting as a board member. His resignation became effective this past Friday, and the board now has 45 days to pick a replacement for Serna’s now vacant seat. Board President Felix Alderete said the person selected will be up for election in 2013.

  • Jail Birds
  • More details emerge in fatal stabbing

    The woman who fatally stabbed a 40-year-old Las Vegas man early Wednesday morning told police she did so in self-defense, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court last week.

    Shirley Griego told police she was trying to leave the house, and Angelo Padilla stabbed her, according to the search warrant affidavit filed by Lt. Adrian Crespin. Griego told authorities she managed to stab Padilla back, killing him.

  • City fire hydrants to be tested Friday

    About 17 of the city’s fire hydrants will be flow tested this Friday as part of an Insurance Services Office inspection of fire protection in the community.

    The outcome of the inspection affects property insurance rates in the area, and city Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the hydrant testing needs to get done despite the Stage IV water restrictions that have been in effect since April.

    “We have to prove that we can protect your homes if something happens,” he said.