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  • BREAKING - Republicans will hold at least 52 seats in Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Add Iowa to the Republican column in the GOP's takeover of the Senate for the first time in eight years.

    Republican Joni Ernst beat Democrat Bruce Braley, giving Republicans a gain of seven seats.

    They will hold at least 52 seats in the Senate that convenes in January. Alaska and Virginia remained undecided.

    GOP candidates knocked off three incumbent Democratic senators and won four open seats previously held by Democrats.

  • BREAKING - New Mexico Democratic US Sen. Udall wins 2nd term

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall has won a second term in a victory over Republican Allen Weh.

    A popular former attorney general and congressman, Udall had a sizeable campaign fund and was favored by pollsters early as one of a handful of Senate members who had a 99 percent chance of retaining his seat.

  • BREAKING - Montaño captures magistrate judge seat

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño, a Democrat, easily defeated incumbant Republican Eddy Gallegos to capture the magistrate judge race. Montaño received 5,632 votes, landsliding Gallegos' 2,102 votes according to unofficial results from the county clerk's office.

  • BREAKING - Susana Martinez leads New Mexico governor's race

    By Barry Massey

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez opened up an early lead Tuesday over Democratic challenger Gary King in New Mexico's race for governor.

    The first-term incumbent, who is the nation's only female Hispanic governor, led with 59 percent of the vote to 41 percent for King in early unofficial returns.

  • BREAKING - Montaño winning in magistrate race

    Early voting results just released by the county clerk show Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño easily defeating incumbant Eddy Gallegos in the race for magistrate judge.

    Montaño, a Democrat, received 79 percent of the early vote compared to 21 percent for Gallegos, a Republican. Results will be updated as they come in.

  • BREAKING - KOAT political analyst Brian Sanderoff calls three races

    KOAT political analyst Brian Sanderoff projected Susana Martinez will keep her governorship. She is facing Democrat Gary King. He also projected Ben Ray Lujan to keep his position as U.S. Representative defeating Republican Jefferson Byrd.

    He also projected Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham has won her re-election campaign for U.S. Representative. 

  • Looking Back - Nov. 5, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, Nov. 4 — The Democrats swept the San Miguel County election yesterday, winning every contest except that of one justice of the peace. Donald A. Martinez was re-elected district attorney by a margin of over 1,000 votes in the three-county district. Martinez, a Democrat, received an unofficial total of 7,246, while his Republican opponent, Jose E. Armijo, received 6,208 votes.

  • Weather - Nov. 5, 2014

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 63. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 29. South wind around 5 mph, becoming northwest in the evening.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:27 a.m. to 5:02 p.m.

  • A $400,000 swindle

    The FBI is investigating a scheme in which a property buyer, purportedly from China, defrauded a Las Vegas title company out of more than $400,000.

    An employee from New Mexico Land & Title Co. reported the incident to Las Vegas police on Oct. 23, according to a report obtained late last week by the Optic through a request under the state’s open records law.

    “It’s an ongoing investigation, and the FBI has asked us not to comment until we get some resolution,” Jay Moore, of New Mexico Land & Title, said Friday.

  • Honoring a colleague - Building formally dedicated Friday

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Maria H. Paiz’ favorite holiday was Halloween and on Friday Oct. 31, 2014, Luna Community College formally dedicated the administration building in her honor.

    Paiz who was the executive office manager for the president’s office, passed away in April. She worked at Luna Community College for 13 years.