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Local News

  • FYI - News - Nov. 23, 2011

    Area residents who typically have their trash picked up by city crews on Thursdays are asked to put their rollout containers out on Wednesday instead due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Friday’s special needs pick-up will be picked up Monday through Wednesday as crews are on their regular routes. The solid waste transfer station will close Thursday and Friday.

  • Super failure: Panel gives up

    By David Espo
    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Congress' supercommittee conceded ignominious defeat Monday in its quest to conquer a government debt that stands at a staggering $15 trillion, unable to overcome deep and enduring political divisions over taxes and spending.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 23, 2011

    From The Associated Press
     

    Judge seeks top Ala. post again
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The former top Alabama judge known for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse said Tuesday that he's seeking to regain his old job as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.

  • Gates back on stand in antitrust trial

    By Paul Foy
    The Associated Press

    SALT LAKE CITY  — Microsoft’s Bill Gates returned to the witness stand Tuesday to defend his company against a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit that claims the software giant tricked a competitor into huge losses and soared onto the market with Windows 95.

    Utah-based Novell Inc. sued Microsoft in 2004. The company said Gates duped it into thinking he would include its WordPerfect writing program in the new Windows system then backed out because he feared it was too good.

  • Europe treated to works by O’Keeffe

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Fame followed Georgia O’Keeffe through New York’s art galleries and across the desolate landscapes of the Southwest. But beyond America’s shores, her work is relatively unknown.

    For the first time, her iconic paintings of flowers, bleached bones and dramatic landscapes will be exhibited over the next year in Italy, Germany and Finland as part of a major traveling retrospective.

  • Court weighs scrapping huge California water pact

    By Elliot Spagat
    The Associated Press

    SAN DIEGO — A vanishing lake figures large in a court battle over how Southern California gets it water, a high-stakes dispute with consequences that could ripple throughout the western United States.

  • City hires safety officer

    The city of Las Vegas has tapped a retired member of the Air Force to serve as its new safety officer, a position that has been in the spotlight since the trench collapse six months ago that claimed the lives of two city workers.

    Arturo Marlow begins his new job this week. The city is planning to pay him just under $37,000.

    His selection drew praise from members of the governing body, who were impressed with his credentials and voted unanimously during last Wednesday’s City Council meeting to approve his hiring.

  • Guadalupita native killed in crash

    Optic Staff and Wire

    The Oklahoma State University assistant women’s basketball coach killed in a plane crash Thursday was a native of Guadalupita in Mora County.

    Miranda Serna, 36,  and three others died when the small plane they were in crashed in steep terrain in central Arkansas.

    Serna played for the Mora Rangerettes during her junior high, freshman and sophomore years, said Albert Martinez, her former coach at Mora. He said she started for the Rangerettes her sophomore year.

  • Raising Awareness

    By the time Annette Leger found out she had lung cancer, she was already in Stage IV.

    The Las Vegas native who currently lives in Albuquerque had a cough that wouldn’t go away. Her primary care physician initially suspected asthma and gave her medication.

    Leger had asked for a chest X-ray, but was told it wasn’t necessary. She didn’t insist until later on when the cough persisted.

    “She got a chest X-ray and, boom, there it is,” said her brother Nicolas Leger.

  • Ready Pac salads recalled in NM

    The Associated Press

    IRWINDALE, Calif.  — Ready Pac Foods has recalled more than 5,000 cases of bagged salad because of a possible E. coli contamination.

    The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that the bagged romaine lettuce and salad mixes were distributed to 15 Western states, including New Mexico.

    The recall was issued by the Irwindale, Calif. company after a random government test showed contamination.

    The bagged salads have a sell-by date of Nov. 18.