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  • Weather - March 9, 2012

    Friday
    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. North wind around 10 mph, becoming east. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. A chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Saturday

  • Correction - News - March 9, 2012

    An article on the Fiesta de la Hispanidad published in Monday’s edition contained two errors. Among the performers will be Kenneth Archuleta. The band Macizo will also perform. Archuleta and the band were misidentified in the original story.

  • Counting the Votes
  • Navajos look to invest in project

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A $1.5 billion effort to link the United States’ three major electricity grids has caught the attention of one of the country’s largest American Indian tribes as it looks to enter the energy race.

    Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has met with developers of the Tres Amigas Superstation and sees the project as an opportunity for electricity generated on the reservation — which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah — to reach other markets.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 9, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Prisoners leave Sandoval jail
    ALBUQUERQUE — Nearly 200 federal prisoners are being transferred out of the Sandoval County Detention Center to other jails in New Mexico but federal authorities aren't saying why.

  • Tonita vs. Alfonso

    By Martín Salazar, Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Incumbent Alfonso Ortiz Jr. and rival Tonita Gurule-Giron are headed to a runoff after garnering the top two vote counts in Tuesday’s mayoral election but failing to secure the necessary 50 percent plus one vote needed for an outright win.

    The Ward 3 race, meanwhile, will come down to Joseph “Joey” Herrera and Joseph McCaffrey Jr., who found themselves in a similar position.

  • Howell captures Ward 2 seat in landslide

    Vincent Howell, the former owner and operator of the local McDonald’s franchise, captured 67 percent of the vote to walk away from Tuesday’s municipal election with the City Council’s Ward 2 seat.

    Howell won in a landslide, receiving 384 votes compared to 187 votes cast for Diane Ortiz, his lone competitor.

  • Ortiz, Gurule-Giron in runoff

    Alfonso Ortiz and Tonita Gurule-Giron will now face each other in a runoff for mayor, while Joey Herrera and Joe McCaffrey will go head-to-head in a Ward 3 runoff, according to tonight's election returns. 

    And in Ward 2, Vincent Howell is the clear winner, defeating Diane Ortiz 384-187.

    More later tonight on the Optic's website.

  • Ortiz, Gurule-Giron pulling out front for mayor

    Early voting, some absentees, and four polling places in: For mayor, 665 for Ortiz and 483 for Gurule-Giron. For Ward 2, Howell has 90 and Diane Ortiz 35. For Ward 3, Herrera has 102, McCaffrey 68 and Gallegos 67.

  • Ortiz, Howell command early voting

    Ortiz, Howell command early voting

    With early voting results in, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz garnered 225 or 49 percent, followed by Council member Tonita Gurule-Giron 138 or 30 percent. In Ward 2, Vince Howell got 90 votes to Diane Ortiz's 27. In Ward 3, Joe McCaffrey and Joey Herrera were tied at 27.