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  • In Brief - News - July 31, 2016

    Optic Staff and Wire Reports

    Santa Fe National Forest lifts restrictions

    The Santa Fe National Forest has lifted campfire and smoking restrictions due to widespread rain across the forest and decreasing fire danger.

    The forest implemented Stage I fire restrictions on July 15 based on dry conditions and higher-than-normal

    Temperatures. Those restrictions were official lifted on Thursday.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — July 31, 2016

    Senior Lunch Menu

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers,
    with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Breakfast: Raisin Bran, apple juice, and English muffin with peanut butter
    Lunch: Green chile cheeseburger, pork and beans, corn on the cob, and

    Breakfast: Potato and egg burrito with cheese, juice, and salsa
    Lunch: Chicken strips, white cream gravy, mashed potatoes, winter blend
    vegetables, dinner roll, and yogurt

  • The ‘Cookie bookie’ and her hubby

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    It’s hard to sum up everything Ray and Joyce Litherland have done during their lives.

    Married almost 60 years, the Las Vegas couple raised three children. All have successful careers. The youngest, Kenneth, was born deaf.

    They’ve traveled the world and treated each of their seven grandchildren to trips of their choice for their 13th birthdays.

  • City hires contractor for rec center

    The City Council voted unanimously this week to award a $4.23 million contract to an Española company to rehab the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The city has also worked out a deal with New Mexico Highlands University that will give patrons of the rec center a place to work out while construction takes place.

    Tuesday’s vote by the Council represented a major breakthrough on the project. Just last week city officials were fretting over how to pay for the project because the lone contractor who bid on it came in significantly over budget.

  • Man wanted for firing semiautomatic rifle arrested

    Police have arrested the 19-year-old man accused of firing a semiautomatic rifle outside of Tequilas Bar earlier this month, as one of the victims in that incident spoke about the night she feared for her life and those of her children.
    Daniel Herrera, who resides on the 500 block of Mountain View, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Monday. He remained at the county jail as of Thursday.

  • Board didn’t know about special ed problems

    Las Vegas City Schools board president Leroy Lujan said this week that he and the other members of the board had not been apprised of the special education problems plaguing the district.

    Lujan said board members were blind-sided when they received a letter from the state Public Education Department in early May threatening to suspend the board and take over district operations if the problems weren’t immediately addressed.

  • Jail Log July 29, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 19 and July 25:
    Deven Villia, 25, aggravated DWI: unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, driving on a suspended revoked license
    Gabrielle Cordova, 22, aggravated DWI: abandonment or abuse of a child, no registration
    Joseph Martinez, 35, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute
    John Ortiz, 58, hold for court
    Kasandra Romero, 21, failure to appear, bench warrant, District.

  • Obama passes baton to Hillary Clinton

    By Julie Pace
    and Catherine Lucey
    The Associated Press

    PHILADELPHIA — His own legacy on the line, President Barack Obama implored Americans to elect Hillary Clinton to the White House, casting her as a candidate who believes in the optimism that drives the nation’s democracy and warning against the “deeply pessimistic vision” of Republican Donald Trump.

  • Trump: Comments about Russia, Clinton emails were sarcastic

    By Eric Tucker
    and Jack Gillum
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump says he was using sarcasm when he prodded Russia to unearth Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. But Democrats aren’t likely to let the Republican presidential nominee’s extraordinary comments simply fade away.

  • French ID 2nd church attacker; police had warning about him

    By Lori Hinnant
    and Elaine Ganley
    The Associated Press

    PARIS — French officials on Thursday identified the second man who attacked a Normandy church during morning Mass, saying he’s a 19-year-old from eastern France who was spotted last month in Turkey as he supposedly headed to Syria — but who returned to France instead.