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  • 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

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

     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.

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

    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.

  • Red Cross urges New Mexicans to get flu shot

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Plunging into 2014 - Polar brrrrr plunge

    Some call it crazy, some call it exhilarating, but it is a longtime New Year’s Day tradition that many enjoy either from the shore or in ice cold water.

    This year was no different. The 18th Annual Polar Bear Plunge took place at high noon Wednesday at Storrie Lake State Park with many  first time plungers and several plunge regulars. The event is organized by retired magistrate judge Philip Romero and local jeweler Tito Chavez.

  • Local man accused of embezzlement

    A 39-year-old Las Vegas man spent the holidays behind bars after he was charged with embezzlement.

    Harry Voss, who, according to court documents, resides on Topaz Lane, was arrested by state police on Dec. 7 after his former employer called authorities. Voss remained locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center as of Thursday morning. His bond was set at $10,000 cash.

  • State lags in population growth

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Census estimates indicate New Mexico gained just 1,747 people in the 12 months ended in July, putting the state among the bottom for population growth.

    The new estimates put New Mexico’s estimated population at 2,085,287, an increase of just .08 percent, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

    Meanwhile, the neighboring states of Utah, Texas, Colorado and Arizona had population growth rates averaging 1.4 percent.

    The Census Bureau makes its estimates based on migration patterns, births and deaths.

  • Las Aguitas native receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    Submitted to the Optic

    Don Facundo Valdez, a well-known resident of Las Vegas and native of Las Aguitas in Mora County, was honored recently with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Mexico Acequia Association.

    Acequia leaders from throughout the state gathered in Santa Fe for the annual Congreso de las Acequias and recognized Valdez for his lifelong devotion to his community and for his many years of distinguished service as an educator, community organizer, counselor and a strong voice for social justice.