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  • Judge asked to toss case

    The attorney representing a former Rogers Mortuary employee accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the company is asking a judge to throw out the case, arguing that prosecutors erred in how they charged his client.

  • Summer learning - Program focuses on math, science

    Summer months usually mean a break from the classroom for some students. But for more than 150 students, three weeks of summer vacation was back in the classroom in a non-traditional way. They all participated in the free 21st Century summer program that was geared towards science, technology, engineering and math. The children between kindergarten through eighth grade aged spent three weeks learning in various hands-on techniques.

  • No major problems during Fiestas

    Gov. Susana Martinez received a mostly warm reception as grand marshal of Saturday’s Fiesta Parade, although she faced some critics along the route.

    And while there were a few minor altercations over the holiday weekend, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said overall it was quiet with no major incidents to report.

  • NM leads nation in alcohol deaths

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico leads the nation when it comes to deaths related to excessive alcohol use.

    A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that New Mexico experienced more deaths per capita that were attributable to alcohol. That rate of 51 deaths per 100,000 people was more than any other state.

    “New Mexico has very much struggled with alcohol,” Laura Tomedi, an alcohol epidemiologist for the New Mexico Department of Health, told The New Mexican (http://bit.ly/1q8B4Sn).

  • Looking Back - July 9, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, July 13 — The Fishing Derby, directed by John L. Padilla, drew about 250 participants. Padilla said, “Those who came had a lot of fun. Those who didn’t, we are sorry, missed out.” Prize-wining catches were made by David Gonzales, first fish; Donald Lopez, biggest fish, 11 inches; Chuck, Martinez, limit of fish; and Ricky Garcia, smallest fish, The derby was held at Harris Lake, north of town.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 9, 2014

    VFW Post meeting
    VFW Post 1547 will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the post home on Mills Avenue. The meeting is important, and all VFW members are asked to attend.

  • Weather - July 9

    Wednesday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Light and variable wind becoming south 10-15 mph in the morning. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. South wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5-10 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59.

    Friday

  • ‘Treasure’ gifts sought for treasure hunt

    Submitted to the Optic

    Several gifts have been offered by local merchants and others ­— and more are being sought — as prizes to be found in a “Treasure Hunt” Sunday morning, Aug. 3, a benefit for the Dana Konno Nursing Scholarship Fund at Luna Community College.

    Clues to gift locations around town will be given in a video to be posted on YouTube early that morning.

  • Mayor’s travel tops $12K

    It was a Thursday morning in June and the New Mexico Finance Authority was convening at 9 a.m. in Santa Fe to take up a number of items, including two key ones for Las Vegas.

    The authority had already signed off on $4 million in financing for the city’s Bradner Reservoir project. The question for board members on this morning was what terms should be offered on that money. The original proposal was to make 60 percent of that funding a grant and the remaining 40 percent a low-interest loan. The city was pushing for better terms.

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