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Today's News

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  • Elections change suggested for PRC candidates

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jason Marks says New Mexico’s political parties can play a role in reforming the troubled regulatory agency, which has seen two of its members forced from office since last year.

    Marks wants to change how candidates for the PRC earn a spot on the primary election ballot, and he proposes requiring them to earn the support of party activists at pre-primary nominating conventions. That’s already done for candidates running for statewide offices and Congress.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 12, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Oct. 13 — E.G. Murphey of this city has been re-elected as president of the territorial board of pharmacy. The board has completed sessions in Roswell and Albuquerque and Mr. Murphey returned home yesterday. The next session will be held in Santa Fe during the session of the first state legislature. Those who were successful applicants this year for licenses as registered pharmacists are as follows: C.L. Crawford, of Dexter; W.H. Duckworth of Clovis; E.J. Hubbard, of Roswell; J. McChefflin, Artesia...

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 12, 2011

    Annual enchilada dinner is Thursday

    The 13th annual enchilada dinner to fund Mustard Seed grants will be from from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Hillcrest Restaurant. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 425-7763.

  • Weather - Oct. 12, 2011

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 71. North wind around 5 mph, becoming calm. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40. South wind around 5 mph, becoming calm.  

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 73. Clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 75.

  • Correction - News - Oct. 12, 2011

    A story in Friday’s Optic about property tax rates should have said that the property tax rate for Tierra y Montes remains the same as last year’s rate and that the tax rate for Luna Community College went down. While taxpayers may see an increase in the amount they pay to those entities, the increase is due to the increase in the valuation of residential properties. 

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 12, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Minister resigns over deaths

    CAIRO  — Egypt’s finance minister resigned Tuesday to protest the government’s handling of weekend protests that left 26 dead, most of them Coptic Christian demonstrators, an aide to the minister said.

  • Obama, council urge action

    By Darlene Superville
    Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH — President Barack Obama is pressing for passage of his full $447 billion jobs package in the face of certain congressional defeat while embracing more modest administrative remedies to the nation's sluggish economy and unwaveringly high unemployment.

  • Family clings for life 20 hours for life

    By Jennifer Kay
    and Suzette Laboy
    Associated Press

    MARATHON, Fla.  — Eight relatives had set out to fish in less-than-ideal conditions off the Florida Keys. It was raining, seas topped 7 feet and winds were whipping up to 38 mph.

    Before they knew it, two waves hit, capsizing their anchored 22-foot boat and knocking them into the sea about 3-1/2 miles offshore Saturday.

  • The east-side school tax

    Last week’s report on this year’s property tax assessments is a great big mixture of good news and bad news, especially for the east side of Las Vegas.