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  • Counseling group closes its doors

    A local nonprofit that provides counseling to domestic violence offenders and people with substance abuse problems has had to close its doors temporarily.

    Somos Familia, located in the old Northeastern Regional Hospital building off Eighth Street, was forced to place most of its staff on temporary layoff status and cease providing services at the end of the day on Monday.

  • Man arrested on fifth DWI charge

    A 45-year-old man from Sena was arrested earlier this month on what state police say was his fifth drunken driving charge.

    Robert A. Martinez was arrested on July 8 on a charge of driving under the influence-fifth offense, a fourth-degree felony, and on two misdemeanors, driving with an open container and driving without his lights.  

    The probable cause statement filed last week states that Martinez was pulled over at about 10 p.m. on July 8 because he was driving without head lamps near the intersection of Hot Springs Boulevard and Mills Avenue.

  • Smaller chile crop expected this year

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — Green chile farmers in the Hatch and Mesilla valleys in southern New Mexico expect a smaller crop during this season due a scarcity of water.

    Farmers have had to rely almost exclusively on groundwater pumped from wells, and those farmers lacking wells have had to cut back on chile planting or switch to less thirsty crops, like cotton, which is priced at more than $1 per pound.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 20, 2011

    Holman post office meeting is today

    Post office officials will meet with the public at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, in the small gymnasium at Mora Independent Schools, to discuss the Holman Post Office, which may be closed as the post office undertakes a consolidation and reorganization.
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  • Weather - July 20, 2011

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. North wind 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Time running out on contract

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The clock is winding down for the federal government to decide whether to renew Lockheed Martin’s contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories or hold a bidding competition to pick a corporate manager.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the contract for the nuclear weapons lab expires at the end of September 2012, and records suggest that the federal government has run out of options to easily grant the company a one-year extension.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Motorcycle death rates up

    ALBUQUERQUE — A report by the New Mexico Department of Health found that motorcycle death rates in the state have doubled from 1999-2009 even as roadways became safer.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the number of motorcycle deaths in New Mexico climbed from 20 in 1999 to 48 in 2009, the most recent year for which information was available.

  • Sanchez lends campaign $200,000

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lt. Gov. John Sanchez has loaned $200,500 to his campaign for the Republican nomination for New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat, according to a finance report released Monday by the campaign.

    Sanchez had a cash balance of $246,539 in his campaign account at the end of June.

    The Senate seat is open next year because Democratic incumbent Jeff Bingaman is retiring.

  • Meetings set to discuss partnership proposal

    Submitted to the Optic