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  • Looking Ahead - News June 22, 2011

    Fort Union event is this weekend

    Fort Union National Monument is holding its annual “Cultural Encounters” weekend this Saturday and Sunday. The park is waiving all entrance fees. As part of the weekend activities, visitors may take self-guided tours of Fort Union. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To visit the monument, take Exit 366 off I-25 at Watrous, onto N.M. 161, eight miles. For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025, or visit www.nps.gov/foun.

  • Weather - June 22, 2011

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind around 10 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 54. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming calm.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming west 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 57.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 55.


    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:46 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

  • FYI - News

    The New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in San Miguel County throughout the remainder of June in an effort to prevent alcohol and drug related crashes within the communities. Sobriety Checkpoints also serve as a deterrent against alcohol and drug related crimes and to protect communities from the negative effects they cause, according to state police.

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  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Funds available for homeowners

    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal housing officials say more than $10 million is available to help homeowners in New Mexico who are at risk of foreclosure.

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and NeighborWorks America is teaming up to offer the emergency homeowners’ loan program.

  • Lawmakers start redistricting task

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — All of eastern New Mexico could be consolidated into the state’s southern congressional district under a proposal outlined to lawmakers on Monday for revamping district boundaries to adjust for population trends during the past decade.

    A legislative committee reviewed seven proposals for drawing new boundaries of the state’s three congressional districts.

    The outcome of redistricting could alter the balance of political power and influence congressional races for the next 10 years.

  • Homicide trial postponed

    Richard Baca had been scheduled to go on trial this week for the 2009 slaying of a local postal carrier, but a district judge postponed the trial on Friday after the defense objected to evidence the state plans to introduce.

    At issue is a shooting reconstruction done by state police recently that concluded that Benito Lemos “was supposedly in retreat” when he was shot, according to defense attorney Stacey Ward.

    The shooting stemmed from an apparent road-rage incident between Lemos and Baca.

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  • Clues emerge in Mora body case

    The state police investigator looking into the death of Maxine Patsy Trujillo, whose remains were found in Mora County in February, has confirmed that blood and DNA found in the kitchen of her boyfriend’s home belonged to her.

  • Porter St. residents fear speeders

    Residents of Porter Street and New Mexico Avenue are fed up with speeders wreaking havoc in their westside neighborhood, and they’re asking the city to install additional traffic devices in hopes of slowing down motorists and preventing a tragedy.

    Christine Pacheco, who lives on Porter, told the Optic she and her neighbors are worried about their kids, their vehicles and their lives.

    “We’re here living in fear, especially on the nights and on weekends,” she said.