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  • Two women face burglary charges

    Two women were arrested Tuesday after they allegedly went into a house on 2800 Louden, kicked open a bedroom door and injured a child while fighting with people inside the home.

    Court documents don’t specify a motive for the alleged attacks.

    Abigail Aragon, 27, who lives on the 1200 block of Third Street in Albuquerque, has been charged with aggravated burglary, conspiracy and abuse of a child, all felonies. She was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash bond.

  • Hearing set for PNM rate hike request

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico regulators have a tough decision to make, and no matter what they decide, not everyone is going to be happy.

    The Public Regulation Commission has to decide whether to approve a proposal by Public Service Company of New Mexico that would mean higher rates for its 500,000 residential and business customers.

    The utility is scheduled to present its case during a public hearing that starts Monday in Santa Fe.

  • Fire now at more than 95 miles

    The Associated Press

    SILVER CITY — Evacuations were lifted Wednesday for the tiny southwest New Mexico community of Gila Hot Springs, although a fire burning for nearly two weeks in and near the rugged Gila Wilderness has grown to more than 95 square miles.

    The human-caused blaze, which broke out April 28, moved past the Gila Cliff Dwellings without damaging the ancient American Indian ruins, fire information officer Eric Neitzel said.

  • Wildfires prompt smoke advisory

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico officials have issued a smoke advisory for areas of the state affected by smoke from multiple wildfires in New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico.

    The state Environment and Health departments say that based on the current extreme drought conditions, it's possible smoke in the region could persist until the monsoon season.

    The state Air Quality Bureau has monitoring equipment at numerous locations to gather information about air quality conditions.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Tuesday, May 16 — The territorial grand jury this morning brought the first true bill drawn by that body since it was empanelled yesterday afternoon. The bill accuses Luis Hermosillo of burglary with intent to commit a felony. Several weeks ago Hermosillo went to the home of J.M. Martinez on Railroad Avenue. He asked for something to eat, which was given him by Mrs. Martinez. Later Mrs. Martinez discovered Hermosillo in the house, the man having entered through a window.

  • Looking Ahead

    Bird celebration this Sunday

    An International Migratory Bird Day celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. Seating is limited to 40. All seats will be available on a first come first serve basis. For more information call Linda Kelly at 454-9452 or Jan Arrott at 454-6115.

  • Weather - May 13, 2011

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 67. North wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear on Friday night, with a low around 43. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming calm.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Sunday

  • Correction - News

    A story in Wednesday’s Optic on the Jay Quintana case misidentified Quintana’s defense attorney. He is represented by Thomas M. Clark, and the motion’s filed on behalf of Quintana were filed by Clark. 

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  • Co-op receives grants

    The Associated Press

    MORA — La Jicarita Telephone Cooperative in northern New Mexico’s Mora County is receiving more than $11.8 million in grants and loans to upgrade its broadband delivery system.

    The funding through Rural Development’s broadband loan program will provide fiber optic service to people in very rural areas who have limited broadband service, or none at all.

    Rural development says the fiber optics will replace old and deteriorating copper telephone lines.