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  • Weather - Oct. 9, 2013

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Thursday
    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, increasing to 25-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 37. Windy.

    Friday

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 9, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Public defender head to be hired
    SANTA FE — An 11-member commission is preparing to select the state’s chief public defender, who administers a newly independent agency providing legal representation to criminal defendants who can’t afford a lawyer.
    The commission met Tuesday in Albuquerque to interview five semi-finalists and must make a selection by Oct. 15.

  • Dems to try for debt ceiling increase

    By Andrew Taylor
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama called the top Republican in the GOP-controlled House Tuesday, telling Speaker John Boehner once again that he won’t negotiate over reopening the government or must-pass legislation to prevent a U.S. default on its obligations.

  • Mora official put on notice

    An official who works for the Mora Independent School District has been notified that the state doesn’t intend to give her a school business license, a credential she needs to continue in her job.

  • Artistry al fresco
  • Lawyers argue home rule case

    Attorneys for a local activist and San Miguel County clashed in state District Court in Las Vegas Friday morning over the question of whether counties in this state can pursue home rule authority.

  • Weekend yields little on shutdown

    By Charles Babington and Stephen Ohlemacher
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday he sees no way out of the government shutdown unless President Barack Obama is willing to engage in negotiations with Republicans.

  • 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.