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  • Suspect shot after driving toward cop

    A report of a wrong-way driver on Interstate 25 near Villanueva led to an officer-involved shooting on Saturday night.

    The report about the wrong-way driver came into the state police dispatch center in Las Vegas at 10:40 p.m. Saturday.

    The caller reported that a vehicle was traveling north in the southbound lanes of Interstate 25 near Villanueva, according to a state police news release.

  • Man faces charges after SUV crash

    A Las Vegas man was charged with driving drunk, leaving the scene of an accident and battery upon a peace officer following a New Year’s Day crash.

    Pete Castillo, 25, of the 200 block of Moreno Street, is accused of biting a Las Vegas police officer after becoming agitated. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center, and his bond was set at $25,000 cash.

    According to the probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Thursday:

  • 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

    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.