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  • Whooping cough cases remain high

    The Associated Press

    Whooping cough has sickened more than 300 people in New Mexico this year, a drop from last year’s record pace, but still a high enough rate that state health officials have expressed concern.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that so far this year 343 people have had pertussis. The New Mexico Department of Health says the bacterial illness has hospitalized 17 New Mexicans, including 11 infants. No pertussis deaths have been reported.

    Whooping cough had sickened 519 New Mexicans through Aug. 28, last year.

  • After the fires - ‘It could have been a lot worse’

    By Karl Moffatt
    For the Optic

    Anglers returning to the recently reopened Pecos River will find far fewer places to camp and fish as well as fewer trout to catch in the wake of two devastating forest fires earlier this summer.

    “But it could have been a whole lot worse,” said Richard Hansen, Cold Water Fisheries biologist for the state Department of Game and Fish while inspecting the river at the department’s Mora recreation area recently. “The upper canyon is in pretty good shape so we’re stocking here again.”

  • Welcome rain
  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 4, 2013

    The Associated Press
    Court overrules precedent
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court has ruled that defendants don’t have a constitutional right to confront and question witnesses providing testimony against them at pretrial hearings.
    The state Supreme Court’s decision overruled a legal precedent on the question set by the justices in 1969.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 4, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, Sept. 3 — Local hopefuls turned out on the first day of practice of the Highlands University Cowboys. They are Albert LeFebre, former West Las Vegas tackle; Emilio Aragon, former Dons’ end; Eddie Valdez, West Las Vegas All-State guard; Jake Vasquez, former tackle for Robertson High School, George Esquibel, blocking back for the Dons; Phil; Sperry, Robertson halfback, Manny Montano, who has been a Cowboy team member for two seasons and who played for Robertson High; and Sammy Blea of St. Gertrude’s of Mora.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 4, 2013

    Legal Fair to take place in Mora

    A Legal Fair is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Luna Community College Satellite Office in the David Cargo Library Building in Mora. Attorneys and civil legal service providers will be available to provide free consultations in the areas of divorce, guardianship, public benefits, wills and estates, bankruptcy and foreclosure, creditor/debtor, landlord/tenant and custody. Open on a first-come, first-served basis.
     

  • Weather - Sept. 4, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 5-10 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 58. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming light after midnight.

    Thursday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 84. Light south wind increasing to 5-10 mph in the morning. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

    Friday

  • Tying the knot - Dream comes true for local couple

    Joseph Lovato and Spencer Gallegos never thought the day would come in their hometown. Gallegos and Lovato were one of the six couples to pay a visit to San Miguel County Clerk’s office last week to obtain a same-sex marriage license.

    The two, both originally from Las Vegas, were married Thursday morning. For the two, it was a dream come true.

  • GOP sues to halt marriages

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A group of Republican legislators has brought the first lawsuit to try to block gay marriage in New Mexico since six counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the past week.

  • Highlands awarded NSF grant

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for a state-of-the-art Luminescence Dating Laboratory to chronologically date Earth sediments and archaeological artifacts, making it the first university in the state to offer this research capability onsite.