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  • In Brief

    Optic staff and wire reports

    Pacheco fire at 9,300 acres

    SANTA FE — A wildfire burning northeast of Santa Fe has now burned nearly 15 square miles of forest.

    Santa Fe National Forest officials said Sunday that the fire is just 10 percent contained after burning more than 9,300 acres.

  • Mom who fled caught in Tennessee

    A Las Vegas woman who fled the state after physical custody of her two children was granted to their father was captured this week in Tennessee.

    The arrest stems from a bitter custody dispute between Rebecca Montoya, 29, and Tomas Lucero, who is a state police officer. The children are 2 and 8 months.

    Montoya has said repeatedly that she fears for her life and the lives of her children, though Lucero has countered that Montoya has engaged in a “relentless campaign” to get him fired.

  • West’s Parson moving up

    The West Las Vegas school district is shifting three high-profile administrators around for the upcoming school year — promoting a principal and assistant principal and demoting an associate superintendent.

    Longtime West Las Vegas High School principal Gene Parson is leaving the post to become the district’s associate superintendent.

  • Growing up, naturally

    By Makane
    Lumsden-Nakasone
    For the Optic

    I grew up running around my mother’s store with my cousin and the store’s orange cat, Jack, causing chaos and disorder wherever we went. That was 18 years ago, when the office space was in the front of the building and two birds lived upstairs. Semilla Natural Foods has always been my second home.

  • Fiestas kick off next Friday

    Las Vegas Optic

    The city’s 4th of July fireworks display may have been canceled because of the extreme drought, but there will still be plenty to do as this year’s fiestas get underway.

    This Saturday, the city recreation department is holding a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for youth. The fee for the tournament is $40 per team.

    The fiestas, Las Vegas’ signature event, kick into high gear at 5:30 p.m. next Friday (July 1) with a Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, followed by the crowning of the Reina at Plaza Park.

  • Gov. warns of dire fire situation

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Just steps from the tinder-dry cottonwood forest that snakes through New Mexico’s largest city, Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday issued a plea to residents and visitors to do their part to ensure human-caused fires don’t consume any more of the state’s landscape.

  • Martinez loses veto battle

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez lost a legal dispute with the Legislature on Wednesday over whether she can alter how much money lawmakers allocate for programs and services.

    The state Supreme Court invalidated a line-item veto by the governor that reduced an appropriation from $150,000 to $50,000 for a housing program, The governor did that by striking a single digit — the “1’’ in the $150,000.

  • Raton braces for fallout from wildfires

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    First came the smoke and flames. Now comes the fears that damage left in the wake of a wildfire that charred nearly 28,000 acres along the New Mexico-Colorado border will cost one community its main drinking water supply.

    With the summer monsoon season just weeks away, firefighters working to corral blazes burning around the state are hoping for a little rain, but Raton officials are scrambling to come up with ways to keep ash and charred debris from washing into their watershed.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Friday, June 22— In order that greater rapidity may be employed in filling its new reservoir in the Peterson canyon the Agua Pura company has determined upon the construction of a canal leading from its preserves in the Gallinas Canyon to the new reservoir. The canal is a part of the system of improvements that has been contemplated by the company for several months; a system that will give Las Vegas as near perfect water service as can be obtained. The canal will be over 13,000 feet in length. 

  • Looking Ahead - News June 24, 2011

    Movie at Carnegie Library Park Saturday

    The movie “To Sir With Love” will show at dusk on Saturday at Carnegie Library Park, weather permitting. Popcorn, drinks and snacks will be for sale by the Friends of the Library.c