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  • ‘Justice has been done’

    By Adam Goldman
    and Chris Brummitt
    The Associated Press

    Americans awoke on Monday to a world without Osama bin Laden, and many felt jubilation, a surge of patriotism and a sense that their prayers had been answered and that the U.S. had finally avenged the nearly 3,000 people killed that bright September day nearly a decade ago.

    “Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama said late Sunday from the White House in an announcement that seemed sure to lift his own political standing.

  • Coop: Too late to add voting site

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative’s District 4 election slated for May 10 will move forward as planned with only one voting site because it’s too late to provide proper notice of changes, the coop’s governing board decided Monday.

    “A decision was made to move forward with the Tecolote election,” coop General Manager Abran Romero said.

  • Local group starts Gallinas project

    Submitted to the Optic

    Several residents from the Gallinas, Tecolote and Sapello valleys have formed the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance to address watershed health in the Las Vegas area and surrounding communities.

    “Our water comes from the mountains,” said Alliance director Lea Knutson. ”If we want to make sure we have good water, we need to take care of the mountains and streams.”

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, May 3 — Gaining entrance through a small window eight feet above the level of the sidewalk, after having failed to get in through the cellar, burglars early this morning ransacked the store of M. Greenberger, corner of Grand and Lincoln Avenues. The thieves made away with several articles of merchandise and a small amount of money, which had been left in the cash register. Mr. Greenberger says the money taken was less than $10 although he does not know the exact amount.

  • Looking Ahead

    Forum for superintendent finalists Thursday

    Las Vegas City Schools will hold a community forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Robertson High School band room to introduce finalists for the superintendent position to the community. The public will be allowed to ask questions of the finalists through a facilitated process.

  • Weather - May 4, 2011

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. North wind 15-20 mph decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 70. East wind 5-15 mph becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 39.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 77. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 41.
     

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Child dies of accident injuries

    DEMING — Luna County sheriff’s deputies say a 4-year-old Deming boy was fatally injured when a pickup truck moved as he was playing between the rear of the truck and a hydraulic utility trailer hooked to it.

  • Broker hired to sell state jet

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vowed to get rid of the state’s executive jet plane, and now she will have help from a Colorado-based aviation broker with international reach.
    The state General Services Department announced Tuesday that it awarded a contract to Wetzel Aviation Inc. to sell the Cessna Citation Bravo.

    Selling the seven-seat plane has been a priority of Martinez since she took office in January.

  • State gets $7M in tax program

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Individuals and businesses participating in a tax amnesty program owe New Mexico nearly $15 million and almost half of that already has been collected by the state, according to the Taxation and Revenue Department.

    Revenues from the program are expected to increase because the state is continuing to process about 3,600 cases.
    The tax amnesty program was offered last year to allow taxpayers to pay their unreported taxes