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  • Looking Back - June 18, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - June 18, 2014

    Fort Union Days
    Fort Union National Monument announces the return of its Fort Union Days weekend event on Saturday, June 21 and 22. The event weekend is free to the public and runs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Weather - June 18, 2014

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Windy, with a south wind 10-20 mph, becoming southwest 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, becoming north 5-10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.


  • Tapia receives pharmacy doctorate from UNM

    Submitted to the Optic

    Krystle Tapia received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree on May 16 from UNM College of Pharmacy.

    While working for her doctorate, Tapia earned the following distinctions: American College of Clinical Pharmacy Challenge Winner; APhA-ASP Member of the Year; APhA-ASP Patient Counseling Competition Winner; Dean’s List; and the Burroughs-Wellcome Pharmacy Education Scholarship.

  • Vietnam memorial unveiled

    Family members clung to photos of their loved ones who were killed in action in the Vietnam War during Saturday morning’s dedication of a memorial honoring the area men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

    The dedication included a gun salute and the playing of Taps, traditions marking the pain, sorrow and memories left behind by the servicemen who died in the controversial war.

    Tears flowed at Veterans Park as the 33  names were read. A bell tolled for each one of them. U.S. flags lined the park, which is just off Mills Avenue.

  • Inspectors struggle to keep pace - Four in 10 higher risk wells not inspected by feds

    By Hope Yen and Thomas Peipert
    The Associated Press

    NEW CASTLE, Colo.  — Four in 10 new oil and gas wells near national forests and fragile watersheds or otherwise identified as higher pollution risks escape federal inspection, unchecked by an agency struggling to keep pace with America’s drilling boom, according to an Associated Press review that shows wide state-by-state disparities in safety checks.

  • Montoya to propose tax hike

    San Miguel County commissioners grudgingly adopted an ordinance last week that requires the transfer of one-twelfth percent of gross receipts taxes collected in the county to the state for a new safety net care pool fund.

    And county officials are contemplating raising taxes by the same amount to recoup the revenues that the county will be losing.

  • City releases Dodge agreement

    The termination agreement between former city manager Timothy Dodge and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz reveals that Dodge was placed on administrative leave with pay until June 30, the day his current contract expires.

    Dodge has accepted another job managing the city of Santa Rosa. He had publicly stated that he was willing to give the city of Las Vegas as much of a transition period as city officials wanted, but the termination agreement makes it clear that Ortiz wasn’t interested in a prolonged transition period.

  • In NM, number of priority wells has doubled

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The number of high-priority oil and natural gas wells on federal and tribal land in New Mexico has nearly doubled over the past two years, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management is racing to keep up with inspections.

    BLM officials in New Mexico say they have nearly 650 wells that are classified as high priorities due to their production levels, risks for contamination, the safety records of their operators and other reasons.

  • Looking Back - June 16, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, June 12 — Today begins the three-day Bible seminar for Jehovah’s Witnesses at Ilfeld Auditorium, with nearly 700 participants expected. Tonight at 7, J.P. Sutherland of Brooklyn, N.Y., convention chairman, will give the welcoming address, “Around the World with Jehovah’s Witnesses,” which is also the theme of the seminar. The seminar will include a two-hour Technicolor film “Proclaiming Everlasting Good News Around the World.”