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  • Man arrested for not obeying police

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A bystander spent a night in jail for failing to back off when told to by Las Vegas police at a crime scene where a suspect was being taken into custody following a shooting, according to court records.

    Timothy Nixon, 49, was charged last week with obstructing police after he allegedly failed to obey repeated commands to leave a crime scene on the 2400 block of North Gonzales, where police were investigating a shooting, according to court records.

  • Wildfire threatens native cutthroat trout

    The Associated Press

    PECOS — Nearly 50 native Rio Grande cutthroat trout have been rescued from a creek that’s being threatened by a wildfire in northern New Mexico.

    Biologists hiked about 2 miles up Macho Creek in the Santa Fe National Forest on Wednesday and removed 49 trout.

    Officials say the rescue mission will ensure the pure strain of native fish will survive if the Tres Lagunas Fire threatens the area.

    The fish were taken to a hatchery for safekeeping. They will be returned to the creek if it’s spared by the fire.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - June 7, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Bear attacks elderly woman
    RATON — State wildlife officials say an 82-year-old bedridden woman suffered scratches on her face and head when a 400-pound black bear broke into her northern New Mexico home and attacked her.
    The Department of Game and Fish says it happened Tuesday night north of Cimarron.
    According to the agency, the woman told authorities she was in bed with the doors and windows open when the bear broke the latch on a screen door and entered her bedroom.

  • Jail Log - June 7, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 28 and June 4:

    Alex Ulibarri, 43, 18-day commitment
    Arturo Yara, 57, trafficking controlled substance
    Evelyn Lucero, 61, harassment, criminal trespass, use of telephone to terrify
    Chuck Roybal, 23,  Aggravated battery, violated probation
    Nancy Jaramillo, 42, aggravated battery on household member, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, attempt to commit a violent felony

  • Looking Back - June 7, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 7, 2013

    Tri-County Farmers Market celebration

    Grand opening celebration of the Tri-County Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to noon this Saturday at the market located at the Immaculate Conception school parking lot on Sixth and University. There will be food sampling, information booths, music, kids activities and farm products. 

  • Weather - June 7, 2013

    Friday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. South wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming south 5-10 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 54.

    Sunday

  • Young royalty - Baca, Martinez crowned

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization held the Fifth Annual Baby Miss Las Vegas and Baby Mister Las Vegas Pageant on Sunday at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.  

    Kaidyn Martinez won the title of Baby Miss Las Vegas 2013 and Miguel Baca won the title of Baby Mister Las Vegas 2013.  Martinez, 3, is the daughter of Vince Martinez and Alysha Tafoya. Baca, 4, is the son of Elizabeth Salazar.

  • Government collecting Verizon records

    By Donna Cassata and Matt Apuzzo
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency’s need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.

  • BREAKING: Police investigating Big R shooting

    Authorities say a customer walked into the Big R store on Mills Avenue and apparently committed suicide this afternoon.

    Las Vegas Police investigators were at the scene trying to piece together the events surrounding the apparent suicide. The man who died has been identified as Michael Parson, who was in his mid-50s.