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  • Correction - July 26, 2013

    A story in last Friday’s Optic about a road dispute in the Maes area erroneously reported when Robert Shipp and Janet Horton purchased their ranch. The ranch was purchased in 2009.

  • Gold, Scarver vying to be Mora Fiesta queen

    Submitted to the Optic

    Jesselle Kyanna Gold and Amber Scarver are in the running for this year’s Mora Fiesta Queen. This year’s fiestas take place on Saturday and Sunday at the village located north of Las Vegas on State Road 518.

    Gold, 13, is the daughter of Jessie and Rebecca Gold. She is the sister of Janiya and Jessie Jr., and the granddaughter of Frances Torres and the late Steve Gold, and Felix and Gloria Rodriguez.

  • State awarded grant for exchange

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE— New Mexico has received a nearly $19 million federal grant to market its health insurance exchange to uninsured individuals and businesses and to educate them about their options in the state’s online marketplace.
    The exchange, which is envisioned as a one-stop, online shopping center for insurance, expects to enroll more than 80,000 uninsured New Mexicans in insurance plans next year and up to 211,000 people by 2020.

  • Healers attend conference

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Incense burns at the door. Prayers are whispered in dozens of languages. A shell horn calls people back from lunch.
    More than 200 traditional healers and students of alternative medicine from across the United States and Latin America are at the University of New Mexico this week for an annual conference on curanderismo, the art of folk healing widely used among indigenous populations. The healers, also called curanderos, are scheduled to attend workshops and provide training.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 26, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Pearce attacks remarks

    ALBUQUERQUE — Congressman Steve Pearce says a fellow Republican congressman’s comment comparing young college-age immigrants to drug mules are “unproductive” and “divisive.”
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico Republican criticized recent remarks made by Rep. Steve King and said he disagreed with Iowa congressman.

  • Cops: Church burglar nabbed

    A laptop computer and Blu-ray DVD player, OK. But frozen dinners, oatmeal and SOS pads?

    A 44-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested Monday after police say he broke into the rectory of Our Lady of Sorrows Church on two separate occasions last week and made off with a number of items belonging to the Rev. Douglas Mitchell.

    Both incidents occurred in the early morning hours and in both instances, a priest was sleeping in the residence when the burglaries occurred.

  • Rough Rider Rally - Event is big boost for hotels

    Las Vegas is normally a quiet town with tourists strolling through Plaza Park, but that will change this weekend as thousands of bikers flood into Las Vegas for the eighth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally.

    Hotel and restaurant managers welcome the roar of the iron horses because it typically translates into a major boost to their businesses, and that translates into more gross receipts taxes to pay for things like parks and ball fields. The rally is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Plaza Park, the heart of the Meadow City.

  • City retreat aims to alter perceptions

    City officials are coming under fire for their decision to hold a three-day retreat for the governing body and other city leaders at the Sheraton in Albuquerque, but City Manager Timothy Dodge says the retreat will be well worth it if it succeeds in changing the perception that the organization has of itself.

    The retreat started Tuesday and is slated to end on Thursday. The city estimates that it will be spending $7,500 in travel costs for the 25 participants, and documents provided indicate that the city will spend about $10,700 more to cover the cost of the facilitator.

  • AG: Gay marriage ban unconstitutional

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Gary King told the state’s highest court on Monday that a prohibition on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

    In written arguments filed with the court, King said the justices should invalidate the state’s ban on gay marriage if they agree to resolve the issue in a lawsuit filed by two Santa Fe men who were denied a marriage license.

  • Barbs fly at Council meeting

    Among the agenda items voted on at Monday’s Council meeting was approval of out of state travel for Councilor Joey Herrera to attend the National Voice of the Hispanic Legal Community in Denver.

    The convention will be held in September and is being put on by the Hispanic National Bar Association.

    Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron pegged the cost of the trip and of the training session at about $1,500, and she objected, saying that Herrera could receive free training in New Mexico.