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Today's News

  • Flu strain growing in New Mexico

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A flu strain that spurred the 2009 influenza pandemic is causing widespread illness again this season in New Mexico, state officials said, prompting calls for residents to get vaccinated.

    New Mexico Department of Health epidemiologist Chad Smelser said Friday that the H1N1 influenza strain was especially hitting children and younger adults, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

    Activity and hospitalizations for flu in Albuquerque began rising in late December, Smelser said.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 6, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, Jan. 6 — Four hundred and fourteen visitors toured Fort Union National Monument during December as New Mexico once again enjoyed beautiful weather for most of the month. This is an increase of 64 visitors over the previous December and brings the total visitation for 1963 to 12,510. The total for 1963 is an increase of nearly 700 over 1962’s total. The 12,510 visitors represented every state, with the exception of Vermont, and eight foreign countries.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 6, 2014

    Filing day for city elections is Tuesday
    Candidate packets for the March 4th Municipal Election are available in the City Clerk’s Office. Anyone interested in filing to run for the two city council positions or municipal judge post can pick up a packet containing all information.  All Declarations of Candidacy must be filed with the city clerk on Tuesday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

  • Weather - Jan. 6, 2014

    Monday
    Mostly sunny. Not as cold. Highs in the mid 30s to lower 40s. Mostly clear at night. Lows 15 to 25.

    Tuesday
     Partly cloudy at night. Not as cool. Highs in the 50s. Northwest winds 10-15 mph, shifting to the southwest in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night. Lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s.

    Wednesday
    Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s to lower 50s. Partly cloudy at night. Lows in the lower to mid 20s.

    Thursday
    Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s to lower 50s.

  • LFC budget proposal summary

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Here are highlights of budget proposals released Friday by the Legislative Finance Committee for the upcoming 30-day session of the Legislature.

    • Spending on public school operations, the Public Education Department and other education initiatives would increase by 5.6 percent or nearly $143 million. That would provide about $2.7 billion in overall funding for schools, which traditionally account for the largest share of spending in the state budget.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 6, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Pancho’s Cafe robbed
    Las Vegas police are investigating the robbery of a local restaurant, Pancho’s Cafe, on  Grand Avenue and Baca Avenue, on New Year’s Eve.
    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said no weapons were involved.
    The robber is described as an unidentified male, approximately 6 feet tall. He was wearing an orange Broncos cap during the robbery.

    Abuse reported prior to death  

  • Legislator seeks vote on marijuana legalization

    The Associated Press

    A state legislator wants New Mexico voters to decide whether to legalize sale of recreational marijuana.

    Democratic Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque plans legislation for a constitutional amendment for marijuana legalization, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday.

    Ortiz y Pino says his proposal would take an approach on use of marijuana similar to what is done with alcohol and that it will be modeled after a referendum that Colorado voters approved in 2012.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 6, 2014

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “All the Seasons of the Year” by Deborah Lee Rose. Free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Red Cross urges New Mexicans to get flu shot

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Fix the lottery scholarship

    When the state Legislature convenes on Jan. 21 one of its top priorities should be an emergency appropriation to the lottery scholarship fund to prevent disruptive scholarship cuts during the spring semester.

    Thousands of New Mexico college and university students and their families rely on lottery scholarships. Among the beneficiaries are New Mexico natives attending Luna Community College and Highlands University.