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  • Bank executive leaving post

    A top executive of  Community 1st Bank has resigned his position to accept another job.

    On Thursday, bank President Keith Tucker informed bank staff of the resignation of Executive Vice President Ernesto Salazar. Salazar, who is also a Las Vegas City Schools board member, has served an the executive vice president of the bank for roughly eight years.

    In an email obtained by the Optic, Tucker writes, “I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

  • Some species become urbanized - HU grad student studies bears

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University biology graduate student is studying black bears that move between wild and urban areas in northern New Mexico.

    While urban wildlife like coyotes and raccoons are a growing area of research, Casey Taylor’s thesis research is one of the first to study bears.

  • Health care plans ending for 27K New Mexicans

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Nearly 26,000 New Mexicans are having health plans terminated at the end of the year because the insurance policies fail to provide expanded benefits and other coverage mandated by a federal health care law, according to insurance industry officials.

    State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini estimates most of those individual policyholders will pay an average of 35 percent more for new coverage, but will have plans with more benefits.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 4, 2013

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - Nov. 4, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Nov. 4 —The Board of Regents of Highlands University has authorized the administration to institute condemnation proceedings against four pieces of property on Ladies Home Avenue, which the university has been unable to buy through negotiations. Members of the board are Lilburn C. Homan, Mrs. Evelyn F. Irish, Joe L. Otero, J.D. Robb and David Salman.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 4, 2013

    Thomas Linzey presentation is tonight
    Thomas Linzey, the executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, will deliver a presentation ditled “In the Name of Sustainability: A New Community Rights Movement,” from 6 to 8 p.m. today (Monday) at Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • Weather - Nov. 4, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Southwest wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Tuesday
    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Clear at night, with a low around 29.

  • Mora murder charge filed

    Two years and eight months after the dismembered remains of Patsy Trujillo were discovered in a field in rural Mora County, state police have charged her live-in boyfriend with her murder.

    Dennis Escovedo, 56, was arrested and booked into the Santa Fe County Detention Center on Tuesday. He is being held in custody in lieu of a $1 million bond.

    Escovedo has been charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and two counts of fourth-degree unlawful withdrawal from a financial institution.

  • Prepare to be scared
  • President signs disaster declaration

    Optic Staff and Wire

    The federal government is stepping in to help communities in Mora, San Miguel and 13 other New Mexico counties recover from the flooding that caused millions of dollars in damage in September.

    President Barack Obama signed the disaster declaration on Tuesday, a move that frees up federal funding to help pay for flooding and storm damage during the period of Sept. 9-22.