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  • More trouble for Griego

    Already gearing up for a preliminary hearing next week that will determine whether he will have to stand trial on bribery and other charges, former state Sen. Phil Griego is now facing another legal battle, this one out of San Miguel County.

  • Ruling: Doctors can’t help patients end lives

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that terminally ill patients cannot end their lives with help from doctors, ending what right-to-die advocates thought would be a successful legal fight.

    In a 5-0 opinion, the high court overturned a previous district court decision that doctors could not be prosecuted under the state’s assisted suicide law, which classifies helping with suicide as a fourth-degree felony.

  • WWII veterans tour memorial

    Horacio Martinez flew 35 missions in the ball turret of a heavily armed B-17 Flying Fortress during World War II. Early last month, Martinez, 95, headed onto an airplane at the Albuquerque Sunport to fly to our nation’s capital as part of the Honor Flight of Northern New Mexico along side 22 other World War II veterans, including three female veterans.

    he program provides World War II veterans or terminally ill veterans a chance to see memorials built in their honor.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: The land that I love

    We’re sailing over to South Haven, Mich., for the Fourth of July weekend. Six of us on “Speakeasy,” our 32-foot sloop. Plus boat dog Java, sandwiches, ginger snaps and ginger beer to ward off seasickness, sunscreen and insect repellent.

  • State budget crunch ripples through hospitals, museums

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico state government is looking for new ways to conserve spending as it crossed the threshold Friday into a new budget year, with the most pronounced changes set to ripple through Medicaid health care services for the poor and disabled.

  • PNM loses support for rate increase

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Bernalillo County and other groups have withdrawn their support for Public Service Company of New Mexico’s request for a rate increase in light of new information provided at hearings.

    PNM wants to increase its collections from customers by about $123.5 million per year, raising rates by an average of 14.39 percent, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

  • Farm workers eligible for worker’s comp

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has sided with farm and ranch laborers who say they are entitled to worker’s compensation when injured on the job.

    The case stems from a 2012 incident in which a woman who worked as a chile picker in Dona Ana County broke her wrist and requested worker’s comp but was denied.

    The Supreme Court held on Thursday that denying farm laborers worker’s comp is unconstitutional.

  • ‘Nerve of a Patriot’ a worthwhile read

    By Joe McCaffrey
    For the Optic

    The skill of David Roybal as an author is well known to my fellow New Mexicans.  He has previously written wonderful biographies of Fabián Chávez  and Richard CdeBaca (his spelling) both well known native sons.  In this biography Roybal explores the life of yet another New Mexico native, Leveo V. Sánchez, starting before his birth. 

    Readers will ask, who is this Chairman of the Highlands Board of Regents, Leveo Sánchez?

  • Suicide by job: Farmers, lumberjacks, fisherman top list

    By Mike Stobbe
    AP Medical Writer

    NEW YORK — Farmers, lumberjacks and fishermen have the highest suicide rate in the U.S., while librarians and educators have the lowest, according to a large study that found enormous differences across occupations.

  • Habitat for Humanity hires new executive director

    Submitted to the Optic

    Habitat for Humanity-Las Vegas welcomes Margaret Gorman as executive director.  A graduate of the University of Houston, Gorman has a background in non-profits, finance, construction, sales, event planning and fund-raising.  A nine year resident of Las Vegas, she also works at rehabilitating older properties. Her duties at Habitat will include fund raising and development, partner training and support, community outreach and office management.