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  • Refuge to host Fall Flight Festival

    Submitted to the Optic

    It is fall again, ponds filled with water from heavy September rains and the calls of Sandhill Cranes are heralding the annual migration of wintering birds. Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located on state highway 281, just east of Las Vegas, New Mexico, will be open each Sunday in November from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a 4-1/2 mile self-guided auto drive.
    Interpretive talks and kids crafts are also scheduled.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 28, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Oct. 28 — East and West Las Vegas voters as well as those in Wagon Mound go to the polls tomorrow to determine the fate of natural gas in the three communities. On the eve of the election today, an independent consulting engineer hired by the City to review the feasibility reports on the natural gas system as proposed returned a favorable report.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 28, 2013

    Halloween Carnival set for Tuesday
    A Halloween Carnival and Haunted House will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. There will be games for 25 cents a ticket, a concession stand, costume contest and face painting. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the food drive.

  • Weather - Oct. 28, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 43. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

    Tuesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. A slight chance of rain and snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

  • FYI - Oct. 28, 2013

    The Santa Fe National Flores is planning several prescribed burns, including one in the Pecos Ranger District four miles west of Pecos. That prescribed burn, dubbed La Cueva, is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Forest officials hope to burn 136 acres. Possible smoke impacts in La Cueva, Glorieta, Canada De Los Alamos, La Joya, Apache Canyon, Pecos/Upper Pecos Canyon and Rowe.

  • Book examines cattle mutilations

    By Leigh Black Irvin
    The Daily Times

    FARMINGTON — For decades, strange lights in the night sky and mysterious cattle mutilations have sparked rumors of a secret underground alien base near the small town of Dulce, which is tribal headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Nation.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 28, 2013

    Missing man’s body found

    CHAMA — Search and rescue teams have found the body of a man who had been missing for more than a week after becoming separated from his wife in the mountains of northern New Mexico.
    New Mexico State Police confirm 55-year-old Neda Labjevardi was found Friday. Searchers say Labjevardi was about two and a half miles from his vehicle.

  • Reports possible soon on some mental health fraud

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Attorney General Gary King said Thursday his office may soon finish investigations into fraud allegations against some behavioral health providers shut off from Medicaid payments by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration.

  • Official accused of tirade

    A San Miguel County Commissioner angrily walked off the job at New Mexico Highlands University, but not before crumbling up his suspension letter and tossing it, along with his keys, in the face of his supervisor.

    A university police report filed in the case also states that Ron Ortega threatened the supervisor, Kent Reid, who at the time was the interim director of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute at Highlands.

  • Senior profile - Rufina Ortega

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Born in 1937 to Alberto and Lucianita Trujillo, Rufina was raised in Las Tusas, near Sapello. She is carrying on a family tradition begun by her father, in 1914.

    He served as the contract United States Postal Service mail carrier for the Beulah Route for 50 years. In 1964, Alberto decided to retire, so Rufina bid on the position. She was hired and has been the carrier for the last 49 years.