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  • Fiestas get under way on Thursday

    Las Vegas’ signature event, the Fourth of July Fiestas, get under way Thursday evening and will run through Sunday.

    Robertson High School’s Mariachi Cardenal and Mariachi Paisano del Valle will kick off the Fiestas at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.

    Several popular headliners will perform at this year’s Fiestas, including The Blue Ventures, Jerry Dean, Sorela, El Gringo and of course, the Godfather of New Mexico music, Al Hurricane.

    Wrapping up the Fiestas on Sunday will be the band Amistad.

  • Looking Back - July 2, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, July 2 — Dale B. Gerdeman, president of The Las Vegas Saving Bank, has announced the promotion of three of the bank’s personnel as staff officers, by action of the board of directors. Herman Garcia has been appointed cashier; Miss Olivia L. Deutschmann has been appointed assistant cashier; and Jerry L. Fronabarger is the new assistant cashier.
     

  • Looking ahead - News - July 2, 2014

    County offices closing early on Thursday
    San Miguel County offices will be closed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 3 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, July 4 in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. Offices will reopen on Monday, July 7.
     

  • Weather - July 2

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. East wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

    Thursday

  • In Brief - New Mexico - July 2, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Property tax cap upheld

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday upheld a state law capping residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership.
    Critics of the law contend it causes “tax lightning” for new homeowners when the valuation of a house is reassessed for market value. The property taxes for new homeowners can end up much higher than their neighbors who’ve lived in a house for many years.

  • Obama: I’ll act on my own on immigration

    By Erica Werner
    and Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Conceding defeat on a top domestic priority, President Barack Obama blamed a Republican “year of obstruction” for the demise of sweeping immigration legislation on Monday and said he would take new steps without Congress to fix as much of the system as he can on his own.
    “The only thing I can’t do is stand by and do nothing,” the president said. But he gave few hints about what steps he might take by executive action.

  • Court: Religious rights trump birth control rule

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

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  • Registration taking place for Junior Ranger Camps

    Submitted to the Optic
    Fort Union National Monument will host three all-day Junior Ranger Camps from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 9, Thursday, July 10, and Friday, July 11. The camps will introduce participants to the cultures and happenings on the Great Plains in the 1870s Fort Union with hands-on games, activities, and ranger-led programs.