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  • Looking ahead - News - July 7, 2014

    Science Camp is for local community kids, in grades sixth through eighth, Wednesday, July 9 to Thursday, July 10. Hosted by Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance at the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge near Watrous. Camp participants will leave Las Vegas at 8 a.m. on July 9 and will return to Las Vegas at 5 p.m. on July 10. Limited number of spots available. For more information, contact Lorraine Garcia at 505-917-2141 or by emailing lgarcia@hermitspeakwatersheds.org.
     

  • Weather - July 7

    Monday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

    Tuesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

    Wednesday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:52 a.m. to 8:19 p.m.

  • Authorities seek help

    Submitted to the Optic

    District Attorney Richard Flores, state police and the family of Cindy Rivera, are seeking assistance from the community in finding Cindy Rivera.

    Rivera has been missing since June 29, 2012.  She was last seen at her home on Peggy Lee Lane in Las Vegas.  Rivera was born in 1993, which made her 19 at the time of disappearance. She would be 21 now. She is 5 feet, 1 inch tall and weighs 134 pounds. Cindy goes by the nickname of “Tig.”

  • UPDATED: Plane crashes at Las Vegas airport

    Las Vegas police have identified the people whose plane crashed at the Las Vegas Municipal Airport Wednesday evening as a family from Minnesota.

    "The plane was landing and something went amiss," Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

  • Drilling law moving forward

    After years of debate over the types of regulations that San Miguel County should implement on oil and gas drilling here, the county appears to be close to concluding the process.

    “We’re in the homestretch,” Commission Chairman Nicolas Leger said.

    At a special San Miguel County Commission meeting last Saturday, the Los Angeles planning and zoning attorney hired by the county to help draft the ordinance announced that the county is hoping to adopt a final version by November.

  • Fiesta Royalty - Queen will be crowned tonight

    Later this evening either Sonia Castillo or Rebecca Trujillo will be crowned this year’s Fiesta Queen.

    The coronation takes place following the fiesta mass, which begins at 5 p.m. today (Friday) at Immaculate Conception Church. After the mass the newly crowned reina along with her princesa will make their way to Plaza Park. Joining them will be members of the fiesta oversight committee, and fiesta royalty from Santa Fe, Taos and Española. Later that evening, the Fiesta Queen’s dinner and dance will take place at El Rialto.

  • Banner stirs controversy
  • Fire danger sparks firework concerns

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The fire season has been relatively mild across the West this year, but officials in New Mexico are doing what they can to rein in the use of fireworks given the dry conditions and high fire danger plaguing both states.

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been pushing hard for cities and counties to restrict the use of fireworks with local ordinances.

  • Looking Back - July 4, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, July 6 — Although there were a few familiar Democratic faces missing, more than 500 party faithful crowded into University Hall Thursday night to listen to Gov. Jack Campbell pay tribute to Apolonio Duran, chairman of the San Miguel County Democratic Central Committee, and to outline the accomplishments of the party, in the nation and state, during the past two years. There have been local efforts to unseat Duran as chairman.
     

  • Looking ahead - News - July 4, 2014

    Fiesta parade is Saturday

    The annual fiesta parade will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Second Street and Mills Avenue. From there, the parade will go west on Baca Avenue, south on Sixth Street, west on Douglas Avenue, north on 12th Street and west on Bridget Street. It will end on the Plaza.