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  • Looking Ahead - News - May 9, 2012

    Mother’s Day pancake breakfast

    A Mother’s Day pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon this Sunday at the Elks Club on Collins. Mothers eat free. Others pay $5 per person. For more information, call Lorenzo Montoya at 505-270-9200.

  • Weather - May 9, 2012

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. South wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.  

    Friday

  • FYI - News - May 9, 2012

    A state district judge on Monday issued a ruling mandating that Rock Ulibarri be placed on the ballot for a Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op trustees position.

    The order forced a postponement of the District 2 co-op election that had been scheduled for this past Tuesday. See Friday’s Optic for a complete story.

  • Author Maurice Sendak dies

    By Hillel Italie
    AP National Writer

    NEW YORK — Maurice Sendak didn't think of himself as a children's author, but as an author who told the truth about childhood.

    "I like interesting people and kids are really interesting people," he explained to The Associated Press last fall. "And if you didn't paint them in little blue, pink and yellow, it's even more interesting."

  • Flat budget proposed for city

    Gross receipts taxes paid to the city of Las Vegas are up about 2 percent, but the city administration is nevertheless proposing a flat budget for the upcoming fiscal year, figuring that it’s easier to add money to budgets than to take it away.

    The City Council held a budget hearing last week. Overall, the administration is proposing a $43.2 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

    Roughly $9 million of that funding comes from gross receipts taxes, money generated from the sale of goods and services.

  • Dedicating the Murals
  • Parolee sentenced in robbery try

    A man who was on parole for murder in November when he tried to rob one of the local Allsup’s was sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted armed robbery, a third-degree felony and tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony.

    Colin Gonzales, 29, received the maximum sentence possible. District Attorney Richard Flores announced the sentence on Tuesday, although Judge Abigail Aragon handed it down in March.

  • Early voting begins Tuesday

    With the city runoff election in the rearview mirror, it’s now time for voters to focus on the June 5 primary election, where most area races will be decided.

    Early voting begins this Tuesday. Anyone interested in voting early can do so between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays at the San Miguel County Clerk’s office, 500 W. National Ave. Absentee voting also begins May 8. Those interested in absentee voting are asked to call the clerk’s office at 425-9331 to request an application.

  • New Mexico’s LULAC to honor Reies Tijerina

    By Russell Contreras
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Reies Lopez Tijerina, a controversial figure from the Chicano Movement, is scheduled to be honored by a Latino civil rights group that once scorned him.

    New Mexico’s League of United Latin American Citizens is slated Saturday to honor the 85-year-old Tijerina at a special ceremony during the group’s statewide convention in Roswell.

    Ralph Arellanes, New Mexico LULAC state director, said Tijerina is credited with bringing attention to Spanish land grants.

  • Looking Back - May 7, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, May 7 — Her clothing a mass of flames, Mrs. Alcarita Montoya this morning rushed from her home on South Pacific on the west side, screaming at the top of her voice. Henry Monsimer, hearing her cries, hurried to her assistance. Securing a Navajo blanket, he wrapped the struggling woman in the ample folds and soon extinguished her burning clothing.