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Local News

  • Wagon Mound takes action to protect its drinking water

    Submitted to the Optic

    Concerned about the severe drought, and potential contamination, the Wagon Mound Village Council approved a comprehensive Source Water Protection Plan for the spring that supplies drinking water to their community.

    The Plan, prepared with technical assistance from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau and New Mexico Tech, provides for increased vigilance against potential sources of contamination, repair of aging water pipes, preservation of water rights and sustainability, and contingencies for emergencies.

  • Lawsuit alleges abuse by former priest

    The Associated Press

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe was sued Tuesday over sex abuse allegations stemming from the 1980s at a parish in northern New Mexico.

    The lawsuit was filed in state district court on behalf of a 37-year-old man identified only as “John Doe.” It seeks unspecified damages from the archdiocese and St. Anthony parish in Questa.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 5, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Conchas park toilet blown up

    CONCHAS — State police officers have arrested a man suspected of using an explosive device to blow up a portable toilet at Conchas State Park in northeastern New Mexico.

  • Ammo flying off store shelves

    By Michael Virtanen
    The Associated Press

    ALBANY — Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and alarmed by rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel, making it hard for stores nationwide to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.

  • Weather - April 5 - 2013

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. 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 41. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. Breezy.

    Sunday

  • Looking Back - April 5, 2013

    In 1963

    Thursday, April 4 — Announcement was made today by Les B. Dollison, owner of the Dollison Theaters in Santa Fe, that his company has purchased the Las Vegas Fort Union Drive-In Theater from its former owners, Ward and Elaine Olsen and H.C. Mitchell. . . .  Dollison stated that he has great faith in Las Vegas, and plans many improvements to his theatre that will make the entertainment at the drive-in a pleasant evening for its patrons.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 5, 2013

    A Senior Olympic talent exhibition will be held at 2 p.m. this Sunday at the Abe Monoya Recreation Center. Everyone is welcome to attend.

  • Heir to Johnson & Johnson fortune dies at 76

    By Vanessa Gera
    The Associated Press

    WARSAW, Poland — She was a Polish farmer’s daughter who emigrated to the United States, a maid who worked for a wealthy American heir, a third wife who inherited much of the Johnson & Johnson fortune after a sensational court battle with her six stepchildren.

    Barbara Piasecka Johnson, the widow of J. Seward Johnson Sr., heir to millions made from bandages, baby oil and pharmaceutical products, has died at age 76.

  • Fire victim plans to rebuild

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Dave Martinez says he lost everything but his faith in the fire that destroyed his home in Sheridan and most of his possessions last week.

    “Everyone has been so supportive. It’s really renewed my faith in the community,” says Martinez, 46, who lost his home and most everything he owned to a blaze on March 23. “It’s so overwhelming that all I can do is just take it a day at a time.”

  • Estella’s Cafe - Vegas icon shutting its doors

    Estella’s Café is closing its doors on Friday after a roughly 63-year run.

    The Old Town café has been a staple in the city since 1950. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

    “It is probably the best thing at this point, but it really wasn’t my decision, said Adelita Lujan, manager of the restaurant. “Basically I will just go with it, and I’m ready to move on.”