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  • Another day, another blaze

    The Inn of Las Vegas — the once popular Las Vegas hotel that for years was the go-to venue for wedding receptions and other special occasions — was destroyed by fire Tuesday.

    It was the second fire in Las Vegas in four days. Early Saturday morning, someone doused the door at Municipal Court with gasoline and lit it on fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish that blaze before it did much damage.

  • Girls of summer - Dream season ends in regional final

    SANTA FE — Their bright, young eyes welled up with tears. Here and there in the dugout, girls sobbed.
    It wasn’t supposed to end this way.

    But one bad day was enough to bring an end to a summer’s worth of hard work and dreams of World Series glory.

    The Las Vegas juniors softball team — playing as Team New Mexico after cruising to a second straight state championship — lost twice to Team West Texas, a group out of Eagle Pass, Texas, in Wednesday’s Southwest Regional championship.

  • Rec Center roof damage extensive

    Three months after fierce winds ripped off a portion of the roof at the city’s Abe Montoya Recreation Center the damage has yet to be repaired, which means the popular swimming pool remains closed to the public.

    The months-long closure of the pool has created a domino effect, resulting in low traffic at the rec center on Sundays. That, in turn, prompted the recreation center to close its doors on Sundays, frustrating many of the people who visit the center on weekends for workouts.

    There’s good news and bad news for patrons of the recreation center.

  • Alta Vista owner to pay $98 million

    The Associated Press

    FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Community Health Systems Inc., Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s parent company, has agreed to pay $98 million to settle federal claims of improper billing by the hospital company.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 8, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 8, 2014

    Buffalo stew, green chile dinner

    A buffalo stew dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (today) at the Father George Salazar Hall. There will be live entertainment. $10 admission; children 5 and under are free. Also featured will be Los Zapateados group and live Civil War drills.

  • Weather - Aug. 8, 2014

    Friday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming light southeast after midnight.

  • Mora’s former school nurse honored

    Submitted to the Optic

    A rousing standing ovation from New Mexico’s school nurses greeted Mora County’s Beatrice Hurtado as she was named New Mexico School Nurse of the Year at the New Mexico School Nurse Association statewide conference recently in Las Cruces.  

    Hurtado not only provides services to 664 students in the Mora Independent School District, but also 200 students in Mora and Colfax counties’ Head Start program in Mora, Cimarron, Springer and Raton.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 8, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 28 and Aug. 4:

    Roybal Estevan, 21, transported from Los Lunas for court
    Joseph Ortiz, 16, transported from Department Of Corrections for court
    George Contreras, 57, aggravated battery on household member
    Jessica Rivera, 26, battery on peace officer, DWI, driving on Suspended/Revoked License, traffic offense
    Anpo Cash, 44, battery/resisting, evading, obstructing an officer  
    Johnny Saiz, 42, criminal trespass

  • Woman files medical pot suit

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico physician’s assistant who also is a medical marijuana patient says one of the state’s largest health care providers violated her rights when it fired her following a positive drug test.