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  • Storms pushed state out of extreme drought

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Much of New Mexico remains beset by drought, but the recent heavy rains brought some relief — especially in the driest areas.

    More than 6.2 inches of rain fell in the Las Vegas Area from Sept. 10 through Sept. 16, according to the National Weather Service. That rain has made a significant difference in bringing up the city’s water storage.

  • Audit faults oversight of child care programs

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Legislative auditors criticized state oversight of taxpayer-subsidized child care providers Wednesday, saying a government agency failed to detect sex offenders living at child care locations.

    Staff auditors of the Legislative Finance Committee said the Children, Youth and Families Department suspended three child care homes after auditors told the agency that registered sex offenders listed the homes as their primary addresses.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 27, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 16 and Sept. 20:

    James Marsh, 42, 6-day commitment
    Peter Castillo, 24, 3-day commitment  
    Raymond Ortega, 37, possession of burglary tools
    Joe Romero, 56, Harboring or aiding a felon SM Mag.
    Vicente Gallegos, 37, criminal sexual penetration of a minor, child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, selling or giving alcoholic beverages to minor bench warrant. Sandoval Magistrate

  • Looking Back - Sept. 27, 2013

    In 1963

    Monday, Sept. 23 — Memorial services will be held later this week for Ernest Norris Thwaites, 59, owner and operator of Las Vegas radio station KFUN, who was killed Saturday night in a plane crash east of Albuquerque, near Edgewood. Thwaites was en route to Las Vegas from Albuquerque in his private plane, 400 Charley, an all-metal Cessna 180. The crash was not discovered until early Sunday morning, by Pete Muller of Edgewood, who found the wreckage in a nearby pasture. Thwaites had more than 20 years of flying experience.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 27, 2013

    The AAUW Fall Used Book Sale is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, weather permitting, at U-7 at Seventh and University. There will be a huge selection of all kinds of books—paperbacks, best sellers, children’s books, inspirational works, art books, classics — great reading and information for every possible interest. Used CDs, DVDs, and audiotapes will be on sale. The book sale will be held outdoors.

  • Weather - Sept. 27, 2013

    Friday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, becoming northwest 10-15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Saturday

  • Correction - Sept. 27, 2013

    A brief in Wednesday’s Optic erroneously reported that a free legal fair would be held today. The legal fair is scheduled for next Friday at the New Mexico Highlands University Student Union Building, 800 National Avenue.

  • Planning session
  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 27, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Group backs higher wage

  • Postal board seeks rate hike

    By Andrew Miga
     The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — It soon could cost 49 cents to mail a letter.

    The postal Board of Governors said Wednesday it wants to raise the price of a first-class stamp by 3 cents, citing the agency’s “precarious financial condition” and the uncertain prospects for postal overhaul legislation in Congress.