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  • AG: Gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King told the state’s highest court on Monday that a prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

    In written arguments filed with the court, King said the justices should invalidate the state’s ban on gay marriage if they agree to resolve the issue in a lawsuit filed by two Santa Fe men who were denied a marriage license.

  • Barbs fly at Council meeting

    Among the agenda items voted on at Monday’s Council meeting was approval of out of state travel for Councilor Joey Herrera to attend the National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community in Denver.

    The convention will be held in September and is being put on by the Hispanic National Bar Association.

    Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron pegged the cost of the trip and of the training session at about $1,500, and she objected, saying that Herrera could receive free training in New Mexico.

  • Looking Back - July 24, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, July 19 — All-Star bowlers selected to compete for Las Vegas against a similar group from Coronado Lanes in Santa Fe are Sal Lucero, Lynn Voda, Martha Kierig, Chick Castellano, Glenn Allen, Ivan Hilton, Ann Maloney, Eva Metcalf, Joan Diehl and Tony Lovato. The competition will provide the highlights for the reopening of Vegas Bowl, following the revarnishing of alleys.
     

  • A royal is born

    LONDON (AP) — Prince William, Kate and their baby boy were spending their first full day as a family Tuesday inside a London hospital, thanking staff for their care but making well-wishers wait for a first glimpse of the royal heir.

  • Weather - July 24, 2013

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

    Thursday

  • FYI - July 26, 2013

    RATON (AP) — The Raton Range, a biweekly newspaper, has ceased publication. In a letter on the newspaper’s website, publisher Paula Murphy apologizes to readers for failing to deliver Friday editions, citing the high costs of printing and the shrinking population in Raton. She says the company is saddled “with so much debt that it would take the glory days of advertising revenue to pay it back.” She says she is working on a potential option for saving the publication.

  • City targeting recall signs

    Organizers of the effort to recall Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr. are crying foul after the city posted notices on the large recall signs around Las Vegas stating that they must be removed because they are illegal.

    The notice is a letter from City Attorney Dave Romero Jr. containing two sentences: “Any and all signs placed on said property are illegal and are not in compliance with Chapter 347 Signs of the City of Las Vegas Code. The sign/s must be removed by Friday, July 19, 2013 or they will be removed by city personnel.”

  • Magistrate denied conversation

    The state Judicial Standards Commission says Mora County Magistrate  John Sanchez initially denied having spoken to the cousin of a DWI defendant about a case while being deposed about the incident.

    Details of the case are contained in a “Petition for Discipline” filed with the state Supreme Court earlier this month and obtained by the Optic late last week.

  • Conserving water - Acequia liner at MMS completed

    Submitted to the Optic

    Construction of a concrete acequia liner was completed recently at Memorial Middle School. The concrete liner will help conserve water and prevent damage to school property from soil erosion and water leaks.  

    The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission funded 80 percent of the project, while the Las Vegas City Schools contributed the remaining 20 percent.  

    The joint project of the Romero Ditch Association, the Interstate Stream Commission and Las Vegas City Schools was completed June 28.  

  • Power outage wreaks havoc at Highlands

    A power outage that hit part of the city late Thursday morning knocked out all power to the New Mexico Highlands University campus, wreaking havoc there for several days.