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  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 17, 2012

    Highlands hosting free recital on Sunday

    The New Mexico Highlands University music faculty will present a free recital this Sunday at 3 p.m. featuring contemporary compositions by faculty as well as works by Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and more.

  • Weather - Feb. 17, 2012

    Friday
    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. East wind around 5 mph. A chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming north. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunday

  • FYI - News - Feb. 17, 2012

    Still trying to figure out which mayoral candidate you’ll vote for? The Optic is hosting a forum for all eight mayoral candidates from 6 to 9 p.m. this Monday at the Memorial Middle School auditorium. Come see where each candidate stands on the issues. The forum includes a segment where candidates answer questions from the audience. 

  • Palace founding in question

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Newly discovered documents show that the state’s historic Palace of the Governors might have been built later than originally believed, New Mexico’s state historian said.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks said documents show that the nation’s oldest continuously occupied public building may have been constructed around 1618.

    That’s nearly a decade after the 1610 date most thought the building was erected.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 17, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Partnership aims to help women
    ALBUQUERQUE — Bernalillo County is partnering with the state Department of Health and University of New Mexico Hospital to clear the way for new services to help pregnant women with drug and alcohol problems.

    County commissioners voted unanimously this week to accept $250,000 from the University of New Mexico to support the Milagro program.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 17, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Feb. 7 and Feb. 13:

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 17, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Navajo president to sign bill
    FARMINGTON — Navajo President Ben Shelly is set to sign a new law aimed at protecting vulnerable adults from discrimination, abuse and neglect.

    The Farmington Daily Times reports that Shelly is scheduled to sign the Vulnerable Adult Protection Act on Thursday at the Navajo Nation Sports Center in Window Rock, Ariz.

  • Suspect has string of DWIs

    The man charged with vehicular homicide for the Feb. 3 crash that left one of his passengers dead had a string of prior drunken driving convictions and a suspended or revoked license, court records show.

    Rudolph A. Muniz, 52, was convicted of driving drunk in 1993, 1994, 2003 and in 2009. Indeed, court records indicate he may have had three other drunken driving arrests.

    The 2009 case involved an incident where Muniz was pulled over because he was swerving. He had no insurance and a suspended or revoked license because of prior DWIs.

  • Six council candidates favor Dodge

    Six of the eight candidates running for the two City Council seats up for grabs in the March 6 election said they support City Manager Timothy Dodge, most said they are in favor of raises for city workers, and most argue that economic development is the most important issue affecting the city aside from water.

    All eight City Council candidates were on hand Monday night to answer questions during the first of two candidate forums sponsored by the Optic. A forum for the mayoral candidates will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. next Monday at the Memorial Middle School auditorium.

  • Nuptial bargains