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  • County Fair time

    It is the time of the year that many young livestock enthusiasts have been waiting for. It is time for the 44th annual San Miguel/Mora County Fair.

    There is no cost to attend this year’s fair, but fair organizers are accepting donations. The fairgrounds are located off located off State Road 65 north of Las Vegas going toward Montezuma and runs until Saturday evening.

    “We will appreciate any donations,” Ted Roybal, president of the fair board, said. “We encourage people to come out and enjoy this year’s fair.”

  • Texas man, accused of San José store crimes, faces more charges

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A Texas man whose allegations include armed robbery, endangering a child and stealing a vehicle at a Pecos-area store late last month is now facing a long list of charges that could still grow.

    Lane Reed, 23, of Killeen, Texas, was booked into the Sandoval County Detention Center July 25 after a chase and shootout that ended without major injuries.

  • Ghost of a chance
  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Aug 9, 2017

    Wire and staff reports
    ‘Cow’ fire officially put out
    Fire managers on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest called the lightning-caused Cow Fire out Monday at noon.

    The fire started on July 18th in slash and dead and down timber within the burn scar of the 2000 Viveash Fire.  Natural drainages and the rocky landscape helped fire crews contain the small fire to around seven acres.  The Cow Fire also received a significant amount of monsoonal moisture.

  • Suspects sought in two armed robberies

    By Jason W. Brooks, Daily Optic Editor

    At least three suspects are being sought after a pair of Seventh Street businesses were robbed at gunpoint, police say.

    The Las Vegas Police Department issued a news release describing a July 30 armed robbery at Hibbett Sports and a similar incident Aug. 2 at Bealls department store, located in the same shopping center on Seventh Street at Legion Drive.

    As of Tuesday at press time, no suspects are in custody in either incident. Las Vegas Police say it believes the two robberies are connected.

  • Standing in

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Making full-length feature films involves many hours waiting in searing summer conditions and dangerous winter temperatures.

    For Mark Esquibel, a Highlands and Luna college student and Las Vegas native who has had a chance to work on films as a stunt double, meeting actors and others who treat him with respect is just one of the many payoffs of working in film.

  • Co-founder of now-international religious society passes away

    A man who was the first member of a Catholic facility in the Mora area has passed away.

    Father John S. McHugh died Monday, in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the generalate where he lived for the last five of his 93 years. He is best-known in New Mexico for being the first member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, or SOLT, founded by Father James Flanagan in the summer of 1958. 

  • N.M. cow shootings spark rancher fears

    From The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — The fatal shootings of several cows in southeastern New Mexico have sparked fears of a serial cattle killer running loose. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports Eddy County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that another six cattle on two separate properties were shot and killed.

    Detectives say a high-caliber rifle was used in the shooting from within a half-mile radius. Deputies have ruled out an accidental shooting and don’t believe the cows are being killed for meat since they were left in fields.

  • Bridge aficionados

    By Gwen Albers, Special to the Optic

    Lois Patterson moved to Las Vegas from San Diego a year ago not knowing a soul. So, the 89-year-old set out to find bridge players.

    “Now I’m playing once or twice a week,” said Patterson, a retired legal secretary.

    A classified ad in The Optic helped her find a contingent of 20 to 30 mainly Las Vegas retirees who regularly play the trick-taking card game. Some do so three to four times a week.

  • New Mexico In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Pojoaque enters new compact

    SANTA FE — Pueblo of Pojoaque leaders have agreed to sign a new gambling compact with New Mexico after years of fighting back against the state’s attempts to increase its share of revenue from the tribe’s casinos.