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  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • A ‘Richter’ scale for wildfires

    By P. Soloman Banda
    The Associated Press

    DENVER — Federal researchers have been working on a system to measure and predict the destructiveness of wildfires — similar to the way officials use the magnitude scale for earthquakes and other tools to rate and evaluate tornadoes and hurricanes.

  • Judge cleared of wrongdoing

    The state Supreme Court has rejected a request from the Judicial Standards Commission to suspend Mora County Magistrate John Sanchez.

    A written ruling in the case had yet to be filed as of Tuesday morning, but the state’s high court announced its ruling during a hearing last week.

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  • Area man sentenced to 13 years

    A man who previously pleaded guilty to trafficking crack cocaine and to distributing prescription drugs was sentenced late last month to 13 years in prison.

    Anselmo “Chemo” Ortiz, 22, was sentenced by District Judge Matthew Sandoval on Aug. 28. Sandoval sentenced Ortiz to 15 years with two of those years suspended, the District Attorney’s Office announced.