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  • Weather - May 28, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 5 to 15 mph becoming south. Clear at night, with a low around 50.

    Sunny, with a high near 82. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 54.

    Sunny, with a high near 81. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 52.


  • NMHU’s Torres holding fundraiser for Italy trip

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University music student is one of only 10 students worldwide selected to participate in a Summer Guitar Institute in Tuscany, Italy.

    Daniel Torres, an 18-year-old Las Vegas native, will train at the Volterra Project from July 10-18. The project is an innovative experiment in classical guitar training founded and directed by acclaimed Italian guitarist Antigoni Goni.

  • Plaza headed to auction block

    There’s no question that the stunning renovations to the Plaza Hotel’s Ilfeld building boosted the property’s stature, but the millions poured into rehabbing the historic structure  along with increased operating costs have left the hotel in financial hot water.

    The owners of the hotel have been placed on notice that the bank that holds the mortgage on the property is beginning the process to take over the hotel, proprietor William “Wid” Slick confirmed this week.

  • Senior Profile Pat Halverson

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    If there is a term for the recurring motif in the life of the Rev. Pat Halverson, it might be “togetherness.” The term applies to various aspects of her life, including her marriage to Dr. Cordell (Corky) Halverson.

  • Mayor told to sign law or resign

    It’s been more than seven weeks since the City Council voted 3-1 to approve an anti-fracking ordinance, but the law has yet to be added to the municipal code book because of the mayor’s refusal to sign it.

    On Wednesday, supporters of the controversial community rights ordinance showed up en masse to confront Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, telling him he had no authority to block the ordinance and calling on the Council to remove him from office if he refuses to sign it.

  • Treasurer hopeful outspending rivals

    If the race for San Miguel County treasurer comes down to the amount of money each candidate has spent on the campaign, then Viola Vigil should have no problem capturing the post.

    Vigil began the race with $45,000 in her campaign war chest, and as of the latest campaign finance filing date, she had spent $23,596. None of her opponents come close.

  • Looking Back - News - May 25, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, May 23 — Music lovers on Tiptoe for Haroldi: Everybody is anxious to hear the famous Polish violinist. The music lovers of this city are on tiptoes of expectation for Wednesday night at the Duncan Opera House to hear famous Polish violinist. The performance is billed as “The costliest event ever offered at the Duncan Opera House.” Tickets are $1, $1.50 and $2.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 25, 2012

    I-25 construction begins this Tuesday

    Construction on Interstate 25 from mile marker 348.5 to mile marker 356.5 begins Tuesday. Crews from FNF Construction Inc. will be at the site between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Crews will have one lane closures during working hours, which will lead to delays in the construction zone. Speed will be reduced to 55 mph. The $6.7 million project is slated to take 90 days.

  • Weather - May 25, 2012

    Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 87. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 52. Windy, with a south wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

    Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Windy, with a south wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 50.


  • Correction - News - May 25, 2012

    In the visitors guide, 2012 Summer Destinations, the Optic misidentified the official name of the Pecos National Historical Park in a headline on Page 14. The park has not been named a “national monument” for years.