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  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 4, 2013

    Enchilada Dinner is Thursday

    Buy your tickets for the annual Mustard Seed Benefit Enchilada Dinner sponsored by First Presbyterian Church. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday with dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. that day. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Tickets are available from church members or at the door.

  • Weather - Oct. 4, 2013

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. West wind 15-20 mph, becoming northeast 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 52. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 32.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:58 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.

  • Storrie Lake reopens to boating

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico is reopening two state park lakes for boating after recent heavy rains and flooding.

    State Parks Director Tommy Mutz said boating can resume starting today at Storrie Lake State Park near Las Vegas and Brantley Lake State Park near Carlsbad.

    Storrie Lake had been closed since June 2011 because of low water from severe drought conditions.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 4, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 20 and Sept. 25:
    Pedro Griego, 31, Adult Probation Office, failure to report change of address/contact with co-defendant
    Navor Garcia, 65, larceny, criminal damage to property, tampering with evidence, interference with communications, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Fired CEO files lawsuit

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A former top executive of the New Mexico Finance Authority sued Gov. Susana Martinez and one of her cabinet secretaries on Wednesday for failing to release public records requested six months ago.

    Ex-CEO Rick May, who was fired last year in the wake of a scandal over a fake audit, brought a lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe against the governor and Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 4, 2013

    Staff and wire reports

    Church to hold blessing for pets
    In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Paul’s Peace Church will host a community wide Blessing of Pets at its 10 a.m. service  Sunday morning.
    Everyone is welcome to bring their furry family members to the church at Eighth Street and National Avenue for individual blessings. Owners are asked to keep pets under control at all times.

  • Habitat benefit opens Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University Ray Drew Gallery presents an exhibit and silent auction featuring potter Paul Volckening’s work to benefit Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity.

    The exhibit opens from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday with an auction preview and opening bids. The closing reception is from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Volckening will be at both events at Ray Drew Gallery in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave.

  • Federal furloughs begin

    Optic Staff and Wire

    As Congress continued to bicker over the federal budget on Tuesday, Fort Union National Monument Superintendent Charles Strickfaden was busy executing a contingency plan to shut down the monument.

  • Council awards road fix bid

    The City Council voted unanimously Monday to award a bid to Franken Construction for work on five streets damaged by water crews.

    City Public Works Director told the Council during a special meeting that Franken Construction submitted a bid of $178,788 for the project and was the lowest of three bidders.

  • Fun at the Refuge - ‘Mission Fly Away’

    Just days before the federal government shut down, the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge hosted two events. Thursday morning, seventh grade Memorial Middle School students  and refuge staff released 162 Monarch chrysalis as part of the “Mission Fly Away” Monarch Butterfly program sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Debbie Pike, the visitors services manager, Northern New Mexico National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said the students learned about pollination, migration, and the importance of habitat for the butterflies.