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  • 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.

  • Tribes fear loss of sacred sites

    By P. Solomon Banda
    Associated Press

    SANTA CLARA PUEBLO — A mammoth wildfire raging in northern New Mexico is threatening sacred sites of American Indian tribes, after it forced thousands to evacuate from a town and shut a major nuclear lab.

    Hundreds of firefighters were working Sunday to contain the 195-square-mile fire as it burned through a canyon on the Santa Clara Pueblo reservation and threatened other pueblos on the Pajarito Plateau.

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  • Updated: Judge disqualifies local DA from Quintana case

    The judge presiding over the Jay Quintana case has disqualified District Attorney Richard Flores' office from handing the prosecution, which will mean another delay in the trial which was set to begin on Aug. 23.


    "There's a tangled web over here that I can't turn a blind eye to," Judge George Eichwald said as he announced his ruling late Friday morning.

  • Store, stands pull fireworks

    Optic staff and wire

    So long, eruptors. Later days megamax firework packages.

    With mounting local and state pressure against fireworks use due to the extremely dry conditions and catastrophic fires raging around the state, the local Walmart was planning to halt its firework sales. The firework tents outside Hacienda Home Center and Alco have also ceased selling fireworks.

    “It’s the right thing to do for our community,” Walmart manager Damon Garcia told the Optic Thursday morning.

  • Senior Profile - Benerito Gallegos

    What we have today is a 20th-21st-century blending with recognizable traits of various folk, literary and real flesh-and-blood characters. Take a dab each of El Cid, Don Quixote, Juan Diego, Pedro Infante and “Bless Me Ultima’s” Antonio Mares, mix them together and place them in northern New Mexico, and Presto! Our own Benerito Gallegos emerges.

  • Economic development group grilled

    The San Miguel County Commission agreed to give $5,000 to the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation Tuesday, but not before posing some hard questions to its leaders.

    Matt Martinez, chairman of the EDC board, and Lavinia Fenzi, the group’s interim executive director, asked for the county to chip in $10,000 for the fiscal year to help operate the organization. They also asked to use a vacant building the county has off Railroad and Grand Avenue as the EDC office.

  • Fire poised to be largest in NM history

    By P. Solomon Banda and
    Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — With firefighters bracing for another day of strong, erratic winds, a wildfire near the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratory and a northern New Mexico community was poised Thursday to become the largest in state history.

    But fire officials remained confidant the fire will not spread onto the Los Alamos National Laboratory or into the town of Los Alamos.

  • Crews battling Holman blaze

    Crews in Mora County were battling a blaze that broke out at around noon on Thursday in Holman.

    “It’s right in a residential area, probably about 50 or 60 houses right here in the area,” Holman resident Benjie Regensberg said. “It came close to burning one house but the state forestry is on one side and I’m on the top side with a dozer, so it seems like we’ll be able to get it under control.”

  • Local News in Brief

    Las Vegas Optic

    Stabbing victim hospitalized

    State police were dispatched to a home in Montezuma Tuesday morning to investigate a stabbing.

    Jerome Encinias, who is in his 30s, was stabbed once in the left torso, State police Lt. Craig Martin said. He said the wound was not life threatening, though Encinias was kept overnight at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Martin said witnesses and suspects were interviewed at the scene.