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  • State House speaker raises $171K

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Fundraising is heating up for New Mexico’s legislative races next year that will determine whether Democrats hold on to their majority in the state House of Representatives.

    A political action committee affiliated with House Speaker W. Ken Martinez, a Grants Democrat, raised $171,499 during the past six months, but a PAC operated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez collected $313,151 during the same period.

  • County urges patience on roads

    The persistent rain storms that hammered San Miguel County from July through September made a mess of roads throughout the area, a mess that county road crews are still trying to clean up.

    Harold Garcia, the county’s public works supervisor, said last week that his crews have been putting in lots of overtime since July. Until recently, they were also working through the weekend, he said.

    Despite complaints from some to the contrary, Garcia said all county roads are passable right now, although he acknowledges that much more work is needed.

  • Art philanthropist - Highlands’ Bell exhibit opens Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands opening for the Dr. Robert Bell Permanent Art Collection featuring New Mexico painters and printmakers is Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

  • Activist to appeal home rule decision

    The local activist who filed suit against San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera for her refusal to sign off on a home rule petition for the county says he will appeal a judge’s ruling that state law doesn’t allow for San Miguel County to pursue home rule.

  • State steps in to help Guard workers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration stopped the furlough of several dozen civilian workers for the National Guard on Monday by having the state cover their salaries this week while a federal government shutdown continues.

    The 55 federally funded state employees maintain Guard facilities across the state, and include the staff responsible for computer security and construction management, National Guard spokesman Capt. Brian Raphael said.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 16, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 16, 2013

    Pre-tailgate barbecue set for Friday
    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is hosting a free community-wide pre-tailgate barbecue in celebration of New Mexico Highlands University’s 120th Anniversary from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at the hospital’s employee parking lot. Don’t forget to wear purple.

  • Weather - Oct. 16, 2013

    Wednesday
    A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Southeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New snow accumulation of 1-2 inches possible. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Friday

  • Bridge Street award celebrated

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A crowd nearing 100 in number gathered at the Bridge Street Breezeway event celebrating Bridge Street’s designation of “One of 10 Great Streets in America” Saturday.

    The crowd was regaled by the music of New Mexico Highlands University Vaqueros de la Sierra, directed by Benny Lucero.