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  • In Brief - Local News - July 19, 2013

    Councilman gets certification

     Las Vegas City Councilor Joey Herrera has received the Certified Municipal Official designation from the Municipal Officials Leadership Institute sponsored by the New Mexico Municipal League, the organization announced this week. He will receive the official designation at the New Mexico Municipal League’s 56th Annual Conference in Taos in August

  • In Brief - News - July 19, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Prosecutors ask to free leader

    KIROV, Russia — Russian prosecutors says they have asked that opposition leader Alexei Navalny be freed pending appeal after he was sentenced to five years in prison on embezzlement charges, a decision the West criticized as politically driven.

  • Obama defends health plan

    By Darlene Superville
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON  — Disputing Republican criticism of his health care plan, President Barack Obama said Thursday the law is working and cutting costs for consumers with insurance company rebates and the promise of lower premiums.
    At a White House event, Obama drew attention to $500 million in rebates going to nearly 9 million people under a provision of the law he said is holding insurance companies more accountable to their customers.

  • Looking Back - July 19, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, July 16 — Somebody shot a hole into the front window of the Town Police Station on Bridge Street after the station was closed for the night. Town Police magistrate Hilario Montano pointed out the hole in the window facing the street and the flattened bullet was found near the wall on the far side of the room. Apparently the person who fired the shot stood across the street near the Whitehouse Bar, or the shot might have been fired from a moving auto.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 19, 2013

    Pritzlaf Ranch hike is Saturday

    Hike at the Pritzlaf Ranch will start at 9 a.m. this Saturday and end no later than 2 p.m. The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance is hosting this hike at the mountainous Pritzlaf Ranch in the Sapello watershed. Attendees are asked to bring water, lunch and rain gear. For questions contact Christopher Torres at 505-795-1507.

  • Weather - July 19, 2013

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

  • Correction - July 19, 2013

    The article in Monday’s Optic about Las Vegas City Schools returning to a five-day week should have said that board secretary Gabe Lucero made a motion to return to a five-day school week, and his motion passed unanimously.

  • State police chief retiring

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State Police Chief Robert Shilling said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the month but emphasized that there was no pressure on him to leave the job he has held since Gov. Susana Martinez took office.

    Shilling, 42, announced his retirement in an interview with The Associated Press and said his decision was based on “family, health and happiness.”

  • More veterans cemeteries proposed

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing that New Mexico establish several veterans cemeteries in rural areas of the state.

    Martinez outlined her plan on Tuesday for providing more burial options for veterans and their spouses than the national cemeteries in Santa Fe and at Fort Bayard in New Mexico and the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in Texas outside of El Paso.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 19, 2013

    The Associated Press

    AG: Probe may take months