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  • Group donates $198K to Democrats

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A political committee affiliated with New Mexico trial lawyers has donated $198,000 in the past two months to Democratic candidates and political groups helping Democrats retain control of the Legislature, according to a financial disclosure filed Monday.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 12, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Poll: Voters feel better off
    ALBUQUERQUE — A new poll shows that three out of four New Mexico voters feel their personal finances are the same or worse than they were before the recession took hold four years ago.
    The poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal found that 39 percent of voters said their finances were the same, while 37 percent said they were worse off.
    Twenty-three percent said they were better off.
    Two percent of those surveyed said they didn't know.

  • Men rack up 10th, 11th DWIs

    Within the last couple of weeks state police arrested two men on driving under the influence charges, both of whom have a long history of driving drunk.

    Neither man should have been behind the wheel, sober or otherwise.

    State Police say both had suspended or revoked driver’s licenses.

  • Fall Blossoms - An apple tree phenomenon

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
     For the Optic

    L.J. Sanchez, who resides on North Gonzales in West Las Vegas, notes that he’s “never seen apple trees in bloom after they’ve produced,” as his did earlier this summer. Oddly, last week he noticed blossoms after the trees had produced a bumper crop.

  • Literacy advocates: past, present

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A collection of eye-and-mind-opening items punctuate the content of the Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico’s current exhibit titled “Literacy as the Written Word — Greater Las Vegas Area — 1820 to the Present.”

    A key aim of the event is to show that literacy was an issue and has been alive and well in New Mexico from the early land grant days during the 19th century through today.

  • Harvest Fest
  • NM poll shows Obama with small lead

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A new statewide poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal shows President Barack Obama with a relatively small lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney and 8 percent of voters still undecided.

    The poll suggests that New Mexico’s presidential race may be more competitive than national pundits and polls have previously suggested.

    The Journal poll  published Sunday in a copyright story shows 45 percent of those surveyed backed Obama and 40 percent supported Romney.

  • Rule changes proposed on rogue officers

    The Associated Press

    A rule change that would immediately suspend the New Mexico certification of law enforcement officers charged with a felony has won unanimous support from a key panel.

    The state’s Law Enforcement Academy board voted last month to change the rule after a proposal by board member and Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz. His department has been embroiled in controversy because of the bad behavior of some members of his force.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 10, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Sept. 10 — An increase of 144 students in Las Vegas City Schools was recorded last Friday with a total enrollment of 2,588, according to Superintendent Tom Clark. Trammel Ford, principal of Robertson High School, said this morning that approximately 85 students who preregistered last spring have not yet reported for school. Robertson High shows the largest increase with 610 enrolled as of Friday, against 512 last year at that time.

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 10, 2012

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Chocolate-Covered Cookie” by Leslie Valdes. Free and open to the public.