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Today's News

  • Deadliest outbreak in 25 years

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — An outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe is now linked to 23 deaths, making it the deadliest known outbreak of foodborne illness in the U.S. in more than 25 years.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 116 people have been sickened in the outbreak, including those who died. The number of deaths has now surpassed a 1998 outbreak of listeria in processed meats that was linked to 21 deaths. A 1985 listeria outbreak in Mexican-style soft cheeses killed 52 people.

  • $177K spent on license review program

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration says it has spent $177,000 on the program to review foreign nationals’ driver’s licenses before a judge halted it last month.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico governor is continuing to sift through returned letters that had been sent to license-holders, looking for evidence of fraud.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 14, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Oct. 5 and Oct. 11:

  • Governor’s PAC raises $560,000

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A political action committee affiliated with Gov. Susana Martinez has raised more than a half million dollars during the past six months, providing the Republican governor with a potent amount of cash to use against Democrats in next year’s legislative races.

    The governor established Susana-PAC earlier this year to support legislative candidates backing her agenda.

  • Dems warn supercommittee against cuts

    By Alan Fram
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats are advising Congress’ supercommittee to create jobs, raise revenues and avoid damaging cuts to crucial public works, education and health programs as the panel searches for ways to curb the government’s growing debt.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 14, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Prosecutor appeals case
    SANTA FE — The prosecutor who accused a Las Cruces judge of bribery is taking his allegations of judicial misconduct all the way to the state Supreme Court.

    Special prosecutor Matt Chandler has asked the state’s chief justice to be disqualified from hearing anything related to the matter, saying that -- among other things -- Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels publicly disparaged his case.

  • Ride to Pride benefit Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Board of Trustees of Ride To Pride will host  its Fifth Annual Benefit Dinner, Auction and Dance starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, at the Night Owl. The evening will feature food, fellowship, laughter and music in celebration of 14 years of services provided to hundreds of youth and families from the communities.

  • Noticias - Oct. 14, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 14, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Ride To Pride hosts its 5th Annual Benefit Dinner, Auction and Dance starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 at the Night Owl. Proceeds will provide direct support to Project Hope and to many of the other equine-assisted and volunteer services of Ride To Pride. Ride To Pride has been “Helping Kids Be Kids” since 1997. Call 454-9738 with questions or for more information.

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! GOOD BENEFITS. Two noteworthy fundraisers are this week, and we hope the turnout for each is at least at strong as in previous years.

    First, there’s the fifth annual benefit dinner, dance and auction for Ride To Pride, with proceeds going to help the program continue its work to help “kids be kids.” That starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the Night Owl.