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  • Campos nominated for key Senate post

    Optic Staff and Wire

    State Senate Democrats have nominated Sen. Pete Campos for the top position in the body.

    The nomination came Sunday at a closed-door caucus meeting in Belen.

    Campos, a Las Vegas Democrat, defeated three others in the contest to replace Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, who recently lost his re-election bid after being targeted by Gov. Susana Martinez and the political action committee she controls.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 12, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 12, 2012

    Craft fairs set for Saturday
    Robertson track presents a Winter Wonderland, an arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday at Mike Marr Gymnasium on the RHS campus. For more information, call 429-4469. Another arts and crafts fair will be held at the Eagles, 211 S. Grand, from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday. Call 429-8937 to reserve a booth.

  • Weather - Dec. 12, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 48. West wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

    Friday
    A chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Breezy.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:01 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.

  • Correction - Dec. 12, 2012

    An article in Monday’s Optic, in reference to Hanukkah and the eight-day Festival of Lights, contained incorrect information. The holiday commemorates the rededication of the second Temple in Jerusalem, not the first, as reported in the article.

  • Parolees’ late releases draw fire

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The state Corrections Department’s new system of bouncing all inmate release documents to a central office for approval often has resulted in late releases for parolees.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that officials said parolees have been walking out of prison about two weeks past their expected release dates since the system changed in early September.

    Those delays have prompted as many as 100 calls a day from inmates’ upset relatives.

  • Registry change may be sought

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King may ask the Legislature to clarify registration requirements for out-of-state sex offenders who move to New Mexico.
    Sex offenders are required to register with law enforcement for certain New Mexico crimes or the equivalents of those crimes in other states.

  • Man busted for 12th DWI

    An area man who authorities say has 11 prior DWI convictions was arrested last Monday for allegedly driving under the influence again.

    Jose R. Griego, 65, who resides on Anton Chico Route, was stopped last Monday evening on NM 283 for driving erratically. Court documents state that he shouldn’t have been behind the wheel in the first place. His driver’s license had been revoked because of his prior DWIs.

  • Holiday giving
  • Longtime Highlands staffer retires

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University GEAR UP Program Director Joe C’ de Baca retired Nov. 30 after 21 years of service to the university.

    “Joe’s contributions to the university, our students, and area middle and high school students have been remarkable,” said Highlands University President Jim Fries. “All of us wish him, and his wife Mabel, well as they both retire from the university.”