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  • Entire state hit by arctic blast

    By Russell Contreras
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico continued Tuesday to deal with the aftermath of a severe winter blast as more schools closed and the southern part of the state saw closed highways and weather related car pileups.

    Motorists sought emergency shelter overnight as state officials closed both directions of Interstate 40 from Albuquerque to Gallup — part of the historic Route 66 — after blowing snow caused near-zero visibility.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 7, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, Dec. 5 — B.S. Davidson, who preferred charges of kidnapping against his wife, Mrs. Davidson, who was taken into custody yesterday afternoon on train No. 1 at the direction of Sheriff Jack Spain of Oklahoma City, arrived this morning from Oklahoma City to make explanations. The charges, he told a representative of the Optic today, were a mistake. Though no divorce proceedings have been begun the couple have not been living together for the past 18 months, and the child has been in the custody of Mrs. Davidson.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 7, 2011

    LCC Holiday Fair is Saturday

    Luna Community College Holiday Fair will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Rough Rider Grill (LCC Cafeteria), The LCC Holiday Fair will feature vendors and is a great venue for last-minute shoppers.

  • Weather - Dec. 7, 2011

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 41. Northwest wind 5-10 mph becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 14. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. West wind around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 16.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 18.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 43. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 19.

  • Trial starts in redistricting case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The political tilt of New Mexico’s three congressional districts will be influenced for the rest of the decade by the outcome of a trial that started Monday.

    It will be up to state District Judge James Hall to decide how to revise congressional district boundaries.

    Democrats currently hold two of the state’s congressional seats.

    Groups of Republicans, Democrats and minority voters are recommending options to the judge to consider in drawing new district boundaries.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 7, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    FBI opens new lab at UNM
    ALBUQUERQUE — The FBI in Albuquerque has opened a new crime lab at the University of New Mexico campus.

    FBI officials say the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory unveiled Tuesday will give law enforcement agencies in the state “highest quality digital forensics services” aimed at fighting terrorism and violent crimes. The lab will also help authorities with internet crimes, child pornography and intellectual property crimes.

  • Extra revenue projected for budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and the Democratic-controlled Legislature will have about $250 million available for budget increases and to potentially allow for tax cuts in the upcoming fiscal year, according to an updated revenue forecast issued Monday.

    Despite a sluggish economic recovery, the Legislature will start work in January for the first time since 2008 without a looming budget shortfall or the need to slash spending to avoid a deficit.

  • Ready for Takeoff
  • Benavidez found guilty

    Friends and family of Kevin Duran cried as the man accused of killing him was found guilty of first-degree murder Friday afternoon.

    The 10-woman, two-man jury hearing the case convicted Louis “Louie” Benavidez also of tampering with evidence, apparently shrugging off the defense argument that the Las Vegas Police Department investigation into the shooting was sloppy and that Benavidez wasn’t the man who shot and killed Duran on Sept. 25, 2009.

  • Electrifying