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  • Weather - Oct. 24, 2014

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 79. Northwest wind around 5 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 44. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the evening.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 45.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 74. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:15 a.m. to 6:14 p.m.

  • Auditor race pits Senate majority whip, ex-Dem

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Unpaid tax bills, a barking dog, and even “Breaking Bad” references have made their way into a usually sleepy race for state auditor.

    And the winner will have to look out for corruption in New Mexico and monitor the financial affairs of hundreds of government agencies.

    State Sen. Tim Keller is going head-to-head against Republican lawyer Robert Aragon to replace State Auditor Hector Balderas, who can’t seek re-election because of term limits and is running for attorney general.

  • Race for treasurer draws education funding concerns

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The campaign to become the next New Mexico state treasurer has candidates talking about education and ways to gain more revenue.

    Democrat Tim Eichenberg is going against Republican Rick Lopez in a race to replace James Lewis, who can’t run again because of term limits.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 24, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 15 and Oct. 21:

    Joshua Zamora, 29, breaking and entering sentenced to do a 60-day diagnostic
    Jerry Martinez, 35, driving on suspended revoked license, speeding, no insurance
    Jeanette Tafoya, 33, probation violation: association
    Derrick Bullock, 27, battery on household member
    Henry Duran, 27, probation violation: positive UA (cocaine)
    Sean Salinas, 22, probation violation: positive UA (methamphetamines)

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Oct. 24, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Official: Low risk of Ebola here

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    A top health official assured lawmakers Wednesday that New Mexico is prepared to deal with Ebola although it’s unlikely a case will happen in the state.

    “The risk of a case of Ebola in New Mexico is very, very low,” said state infectious disease specialist Dr. Michael Landen, an epidemiologist with the Department of Health.

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  • Noticias - Oct. 24, 2014

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  • Que Pasa - Oct. 24, 2014

    TODAY
    HOY
    • New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 at the Senior Center in Pecos. There is no charge to those attending the clinic, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them. Everyone six months of age and older should get a flu vaccine each flu season. For more information on the no-charge flu shot clinic, call the San Miguel Public Health Office at 425-9368.

  • Youths do well at target challenge

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mora Youth Hunter Education Challenge traveled to Los Alamos to compete in the Northern New Mexico Youth Clay Target Challenge. Participants shot one round each of trap, bunker trap and 5 stand. Medals were awarded for 5 stand and for best aggregate in each class.

    Macario Sanchez tied for second place in boys 13 to 15 five stand, but after the shoot-off had to settle for third. He also took third in boys 13 to 15 aggregate. Leonardo Aragon got second for boys 12 and under in both five stand and aggregate.