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Today's News

  • Weather - July 29, 2011

    Friday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 58. North wind 5-10 mph.

    Saturday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. West wind around 5 mph, becoming south. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

    Sunday

  • FYI - News

    El Camino Road between Hot Springs Boulevard and Cinder Road will be closed to through traffic until Thursday, Aug 4 due to construction of the Cinder Road bicycle and pedestrian trail project, San Miguel County has announced. Please take alternative routes. For more information contact Sangre de Cristo Gravel Products at 425-8833, ext. 10.

  • Union suggests state pension changes

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A union representing state workers proposed changes to a government pension program on Wednesday that could require some employees to stay in their jobs longer before retiring.

  • BLM to lift restrictions

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Bureau of Land Management has decided to lift all fire restrictions on lands managed by the federal agency in New Mexico because of summer rains and increased humidity levels. The restrictions will be lifted Friday.

    The only fire-related closure that will remain in effect on BLM-managed lands is the closure of the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. The monument is still closed due to the nearby Las Conchas fire and flooding concerns.

  • Bears Near Camp Luna
  • Former NM prison official pleads guilty to bribery

    The Associated Press

    A former Corrections Department official has pleaded guilty to federal charges for accepting $237,000 in bribes in exchange for selecting a contractor for roofing projects.

    U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced Thursday that Laurie Chapman had entered a guilty plea in federal court to a 30-count indictment of soliciting and accepting bribes from Santa Fe-based Omni Development Corp.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN - INADEQUATE RESULTS. Nearly 87 percent of New Mexico’s schools — including all but two in San Miguel County, and just one in Mora County — failed to meet federal adequate-yearly-progress standards during the last school year. Such dismal results motivated the state Public Education Department to announce plans to replace the system, if the feds allow it, with a state plan to grade schools A through F instead of with the pass-or-fail approach currently being used.

  • A stunning parallel

    By Sara Welsch

    Well, we’ve come full circle. Five years ago, Bill Richardson’s administration was asked for state e-mails about an audit of the driver’s license program. It refused, claiming executive privilege, and the Republican Party of New Mexico filed suit.

  • Born on the Fourth of July

    By Jesus Lopez

  • Que Pasa - July 29, 2011

    TODAY/HOY

    • Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally, Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31.Numerous events around Las Vegas. For the schedule, see Page A7 of today’s Optic or visit www.roughridermotorcyclerally.com

    • Santiago y Santa Ana Annual Mora Fiestas, July 29, 30 and 31 in Mora, beginning with a celebratory Friday evening mass at 6 p.m. at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church. Open to the public. No charge for parking in the church parking lot.

    SATURDAY/SÁBADO