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  • 10 new cases of West Nile virus

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State health officials say 10 new cases of West Nile virus have been reported in New Mexico.
    That brings the statewide total to 20 cases so far this year with two deaths.

    The New Mexico Department of Health says August and September are peak times for West Nile cases although infectious mosquitoes can be present until the first hard frost.

    Of the 10 new cases, two each are in Bernalillo, Roosevelt, San Juan and Lea counties. The other two are in Curry and Quay counties.

  • Lining up for vaccinations - Flu shots to be given again Thursday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel Public Health Office will host its latest flu shot clinic on Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 18 Gallegos Road in Las Vegas. The immunization clinic is open to the public and free of charge.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 7, 2013

    In 1963
    Thursday, Oct. 3 — Gov. Jack M. Campbell delivered a hard-hitting address in a jam-packed hall full of Democratic party members in San Miguel County, state and county Democratic office holders and Congressman Joseph M. Montoya. The affair was a dinner arranged by the San Miguel County Democratic central committee under the vigorous ramrodding of county chairman Apolonio Duran. Originally planned for 400 persons, Duran was pleased, but also embarrassed when more than 500 people crowded into Highlands Hall on the university campus.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 7, 2013

    Lecture on Crypto Jews set for Wednesday

    The Crypto Jews of New Mexico, a lecture by Prof. Charles Truxillo, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Lora Shields Science Building on the Highlands campus. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Oct. 7, 2013

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 10-15 mph in the morning. Clear at night, with a low around 46. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 74. West wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 47.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47. Breezy.

    Thursday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Breezy.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:01 a.m. to 6:36 p.m.

  • Alleged killer to stand trial

    A prosecution witness testified Wednesday that Joseph “Wicked” Montoya asked for help killing Angel Arroyo minutes before shooting the father of two in the head.

    It was the early morning hours of May 18, and a number of people were at a party at a second-floor apartment on 12th Street and San Francisco, across the street from the New Mexico Highlands University daycare center. Those at the party were drinking and taking hits of meth, according to testimony presented Wednesday during Montoya’s preliminary hearing in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

  • Bear’s-eye view: Mother, cubs captured here

    It was a rare sighting. Two cubs and their mother brown bear made their way around Calle Contenta and the Peggy Lane area on Monday.

    New Mexico Game and Fish officers with the help of Las Vegas Police Department officers tranquilized the trio and moved them to a location outside of the city. The family climbed a large tree behind a home on Peggy Lane. In the morning, residents of Calle Contenta spotted them in their back yard and in a field near Chico Drive. The bears were in search of food in preparation of their upcoming hibernation.

  • Storrie group upset over water diversion

    Members of the Storrie Project Water Users Association are miffed over the decision of the State Engineer’s Office late last week to divert water to the acequias rather than allow all of it to go into Storrie Lake for storage.

    Rob Larrañaga, vice president of the group, said that at this point in the season sending water to the acequias is effectively wasting it because there have already been two nights of frost.  He said allowing all of it to go to Storrie Lake would be more beneficial because it would be stored for the next irrigation season.

  • State’s health exchange goes live

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico launched an online marketplace for health insurance that enrolled 170 business customers on Tuesday, but individuals struggled with problems trying to use a federal exchange, according to state officials and health care advocates.

    New Mexico took a “hybrid” approach to the online marketplace — implementing a state-run computer system to sign up small businesses but initially relying on a federal website to handle individuals.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 4, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, Oct. 1 — Danny Montgomery, a senior, was elected president of the Harold Stephens chapter of the National Honor Society, Robertson High School, during a breakfast Sunday morning in the library at the school. Other officers include Jeannie Brumbelow, vice president; Elizabeth McConnon, secretary; and Jayne Howell, treasurer.