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  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 27, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Group backs higher wage

  • Postal board seeks rate hike

    By Andrew Miga
     The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — It soon could cost 49 cents to mail a letter.

    The postal Board of Governors said Wednesday it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents, citing the agency’s “precarious financial condition” and the uncertain prospects for postal overhaul legislation in Congress.

  • A ‘Richter’ scale for wildfires

    By P. Soloman Banda
    The Associated Press

    DENVER — Federal researchers have been working on a system to measure and predict the destructiveness of wildfires — similar to the way officials use the magnitude scale for earthquakes and other tools to rate and evaluate tornadoes and hurricanes.

  • Judge cleared of wrongdoing

    The state Supreme Court has rejected a request from the Judicial Standards Commission to suspend Mora County Magistrate John Sanchez.

    A written ruling in the case had yet to be filed as of Tuesday morning, but the state’s high court announced its ruling during a hearing last week.

  • Yours for the picking
  • Area man sentenced to 13 years

    A man who previously pleaded guilty to trafficking crack cocaine and to distributing prescription drugs was sentenced late last month to 13 years in prison.

    Anselmo “Chemo” Ortiz, 22, was sentenced by District Judge Matthew Sandoval on Aug. 28. Sandoval sentenced Ortiz to 15 years with two of those years suspended, the District Attorney’s Office announced.

  • City pegs its flood damage at $2.2M

    The city of Las Vegas is estimating that the Friday the 13th flooding and associated rain storms caused more than $2.2 million in damage to its infrastructure.

    The City Council voted unanimously late last week to approve a disaster declaration. The San Miguel County Commission has also declared a disaster, and county staff are estimating the damage to county infrastructure at $6-to-$7 million.

    Both city and county officials are hoping that President Obama will declare the flooding that took place throughout New Mexico as a national disaster.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 25, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 25, 2013

    Plein Air Paint Out
    The Las Vegas Plein Air Club will present its second-annual  Plein Air Paint Out. It includes registration, slide show and lecture with Ester O’Fearghail, a Highlands University assistant professor of art. The cost is $25 per participant, $10 for students. The event begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the El Zocalo Artist Co-op. Call 505-426-6688.

  • Weather - Sept. 25, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 79. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 53. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Thursday