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  • 21 deaths linked to cantaloupe

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Associated Press


    WASHINGTON — Federal health authorities say a nationwide outbreak of listeria in Colorado cantaloupes is now responsible for 21 deaths and the number may continue to grow.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday reported new deaths in Indiana and New York. The CDC also confirmed a death in Wyoming that state officials reported last week. CDC said 109 people have been sickened in the outbreak — including the 21 dead — in 23 states from California to the East Coast.

  • Looking back - Oct. 10, 2011

    In 1911

    Thursday, Oct. 12 — Every day a squad of husky Normal youths under the direction of Professor J.C. Baker and Leo Tipton is being put through practice stunts in preparation for the coming football season and by the time of the first game will be in shape to give a good accounting. Some 20 Normalities of all shapes and sizes have been reporting for practice and from a glance at the team and a look into the record of the coaches it is easy to see that prospects for the team this year are good.

  • Looking ahead- Oct. 10, 2011

    The San Miguel County Commission will hold a regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 11, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Commission Chambers in the old county courthouse, second Floor, 500 West National Ave., Suite 200.

  • Weather - Oct. 10, 2011

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 67. West wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 38. West wind around 10 mph.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 39.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 74. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42.

  • Correction - News Oct. 10, 2011

    Two mistakes were made in the Oct. 5 edition of the Optic. Stella Bakarich is the owner and physical therapist of Buena Vida Physical Therapy and Wellness, and DeAnn Barry is the registered yoga teacher and a certified pilates instructor.

  • Dinner funds mustard seed grants

    Submitted to the Optic
    The annual enchilada dinner that funds Mustard Seed grants will be held this Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Hillcrest Restaurant.
    This marks the 13th anniversary of the Mustard Seed program, which is sponsored by First United Presbyterian Church. It’s a community outreach program funded by all the profits from the dinner and donations by church members.
    More than $110,000 worth of grants have been awarded to a wide variety of proposals over the past 13 years. This year’s Mustard Seed grants will be awarded in March 2012. 

  • East property tax rates down

    Residential property owners on the east side will see their property taxes drop when their tax bill arrives in November but those on the west side will see a modest increase under new tax rates computed by the state.

  • Nearing Completion
  • Rainsville man charged in stabbing

    A 41-year-old Rainsville man remains behind bars at the San Miguel County Detention Center for allegedly stabbing another man multiple times on Saturday.

  • Mayor applies for vacant PRC post

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz  has thrown his hat into the race to be Jerome Block Jr.’s replacement on the state Public Regulation Commission.

    Ortiz, who is also the elected San Miguel County treasurer, said that even if Gov. Susana Martinez selects him for the $90,000 a year post, he would serve out the roughly five months left in his mayoral term.

    Ortiz said he had been considering applying for the job and that he ended up submitting his resume when he was in Santa Fe earlier this week.