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  • Clues emerge in Mora body case

    The state police investigator looking into the death of Maxine Patsy Trujillo, whose remains were found in Mora County in February, has confirmed that blood and DNA found in the kitchen of her boyfriend’s home belonged to her.

  • Porter St. residents fear speeders

    Residents of Porter Street and New Mexico Avenue are fed up with speeders wreaking havoc in their westside neighborhood, and they’re asking the city to install additional traffic devices in hopes of slowing down motorists and preventing a tragedy.

    Christine Pacheco, who lives on Porter, told the Optic she and her neighbors are worried about their kids, their vehicles and their lives.

    “We’re here living in fear, especially on the nights and on weekends,” she said.

  • Mora County bans fireworks

    Extreme fire danger has prompted Mora County to ban all fireworks within county limits, officials have announced.

    The ban is effective immediately.

    “These restrictions are being enforced due to the extreme high winds, dry condition and extremely warm temperatures,” the county states in a news release. “These restrictions will be enforced and any violations will be subject to fines imposed by Mora County.

  • Morphy Lake park closed to camping

    State park officials are closing Morphy Lake State Park to overnight camping because of high fire danger.

    The camping ban begins on Friday and will continue indefinitely.

    The park is located in Mora County, which is currently under stage IV fire restrictions.

    Officials say a lack of precipitation and dry winds have greatly increased the danger for wildfire in and around the park.

    Additionally, they say, the park is located at the end of a single lane road and has only one entrance and exit, which would make evacuation difficult.

  • High winds, temps propel wildfires

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Firefighters are confronting strong winds and steamy weekend temperatures in their battle to keep more homes, dry forests and stretches of high desert from the flames of several wildfires throughout the Southwest.

    With summer rains still weeks away, forecasters said crews would likely have little relief from the hot, windy weather that dogged them this past week. More high-wind warnings and fire weather watches were on tap for many areas through the weekend.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Tuesday, June 20 —  It was negligence on the part of an employee of the Agua Pura Company that caused the muddy water in the pipes this morning, according to the manager, F. H. Pierce. Contrary to instructions the man turned water from the canyon reservoirs into the mains instead of drawing the supply from the new reservoir in Peterson Canyon, which was constructed in order that clear water might be furnished in rainy weather. Mr. Pierce says that flushing the hydrant will quickly draw off the muddy water in the pipes.

  • Looking Ahead - News June 20, 2011

    Kiwanis pancake fundraiser is Wednesday

    The Noon Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas will hold its annual Pancake Day fundraiser this Wednesday June 22nd at the Hillcrest Restaurant. Hours are 7-9am, 11am-1:30pm & 4:30-7pm. Tickets are $7 for Adults and children. Proceeds benefit Las Vegas Youth projects. For more info call 505-718-6655.

  • Weather - June 20, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 50.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 50.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 54.

  • Corrections

    Some of the details contained in the obituary published Friday for Amy Lynn Angst Beyrle were incorrect. We are re-running the obituary in this edition. The Optic apologizes for the errors.

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    In Friday’s front page photo, the Optic mis-identified one of the participants in the Senior Citizens Center’s Prayers for Rain photo. The leader of the prayers and hymns was Viola Lopez.