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  • 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.

  • BTU holding community celebration

    After months of renovations, BTU Do it Center is inviting the community to visit the store this weekend and take part in its grand re-opening.

    Those who attend can register to win a $1,000 shopping spree, said store owner Wayne Sonchar. The drawing for that shopping spree will be Saturday afternoon. The winner need not be present to claim the prize.

    Sonchar said there will be a lot of other drawings for everything from tools to a chainsaw. People will need to be present to win those prizes.

  • Montaño to run for magistrate post

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño plans to run for the Division 1 San Miguel County magistrate post during next year’s primary election.

    “I would like to share my experience of over 20 years of credible public service, knowledge and experience of working with the law and dedication to this community,” Montaño wrote in an unpublished letter to the editor submitted to the Optic late Wednesday. “I am known to be fair and impartial and in touch with our community’s issues.”

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 1, 2013

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Officials back funding change

    LAS CRUCES — Higher education leaders in New Mexico are proposing a new system for state funding of universities and community colleges.
    The proposal was developed by a team of New Mexico State University administrators. It would have legislators provide colleges and universities with the schools’ previous year’s allocations but also add incentive funding to reward the schools for performances.