Local News

  • Block formally resigns PRC seat

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. stepped down from his $90,000-a-year job on Friday, a little more than a week after he pleaded guilty to felony charges over the misuse of taxpayer money.
    Block’s resignation became effective at 3 p.m. this past Friday, which was pay day for members of the PRC and its commissioners.

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  • Governor rejects redistricting plans

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday vetoed Democratic-backed legislative and Public Regulation Commission redistricting plans that she criticized as partisan proposals that would make it harder for GOP candidates to compete in some parts of New Mexico for the rest of this decade.

    Democrats hold majorities in the state House and Senate. Republicans narrowed the Democratic advantage in the House in last year’s elections and hope they can pick up more seats in 2012.

  • 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

    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.

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

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

    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.