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  • High court to hear case on gay marriage

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Linda Siegle and her partner of 22 years were first in line when the Santa Fe County clerk started to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in late August.

    Now, she’s waiting to see whether the New Mexico Supreme Court will legalize gay marriage in all of the state’s 33 counties. Eight counties currently allow it.

  • Ulibarri says he’ll run for commission

    A Las Vegas teacher and environmental activist has announced that he will once again run for a seat on the San Miguel County Commission.

    Ulibarri issued a statement to the Optic late Friday afternoon. In it, he said he planned to make the official announcement later that afternoon at the anti-fracking rally at Plaza Park.

    Ulibarri resides in District 1, and that seat is currently held by Commissioner Ron Ortega.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 21, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Oct. 22 — Official ballots have been sent to members of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce for election of six new directors of the group. The six new directors will be selected from  nominees Howard Driggers, Kenneth C. Gifford, Charles V. Glover, William Halm, Dr. Robert J. Henry, Ivan J. Hilton, Eloy Ludi, George O. Maloof, J.R. Nunn, J.M. “Salty” Sparks, Dr. R. C. Vander Meer and Harry Vorenberg.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 21, 2013

    Little League and La Plaza elections
    Elections for Las Vegas Little League and La Plaza Little League, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

  • Weather - Oct. 21, 2013

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of showers before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 60. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:13 a.m. to 6:17 p.m.

  • Researchers issue dire forecast for forests

    By Staci Matlock
    The New Mexican

    SANTA FE — While Congress dithers over budgets and battles over climate policy, scientists and others are urging state and local governments to take action as climate change affects water, agriculture, forests and businesses like ski resorts dependent on snow.

  • Fight over sacred ground

    A Church of Christ minister and his wife are feuding with their neighbors in El Carmen in Mora County over blocked access to their nearly 200-acre property.

    But attorneys for those neighbors argued in court Tuesday that the minister has already bulldozed a sacred morada or small church used by a religious order known as Los Hermanos, and they told the judge they fear that he will bulldoze graves next.

  • 10,000-acre blaze - Rookie receives baptism by fire

    By Karl Moffatt
    For the Optic

    It was a summer Josh Ingersoll won’t soon forget.

    After a long day of mowing lawns at Brush Ranch Resort in the Pecos Canyon, Ingersoll, 27, retired to the music hall, climbed behind his drum set and prepared to bang out some boredom.

    Then the juice went out.

    Ingersoll stepped outside and what he saw took his breath away and set his heart to racing.

  • Federal employees return to work

    The Associated Press

    Political leaders, investors and ordinary people Thursday welcomed the end of a U.S. government shutdown but already were looking ahead to the next round of a budget battle that brought the world’s biggest economy close to default and threatens Washington’s international standing.

  • Council OKs pilot water project

    After much discussion, the City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with a pilot underground water storage project.

    Bob Wessely, president of the Las Vegas Community Water Board, underscored the need for the project during the public input portion of the meeting, telling the Council that the city’s existing reservoirs will likely be full by the end of the weekend, after which the city will have no place to store water flowing down the Gallinas.