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  • Chile time - New chile rules in effect

    By Phaedra Haywood
    Santa Fe New Mexican

    Santa Fe — It can be hot, medium or mild. It can come from a family plot near Chimayó or a 100-acre farm in Hatch. But if the label or seller says its New Mexico chile, it better be grown in New Mexico.

    This is the first harvest season in which new state rules require vendors of chile and chile products to verify the origin of their produce.

  • Cops: Beware of vehicle break-ins

    Las Vegas City Schools Special Services Director Leslie Damon heard a loud noise while at work at the district’s administration building on Douglas Avenue on Friday. When she looked out the window she saw a man reach into her coworkers vehicle and take several items.

    School district employees called police, and within minutes Las Vegas police had Ronnie P. Duran, 33 of Albuquerque in custody.

  • Gusher
  • In Brief - News - August 22, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Lottery nets $41M for students

    ALBUQUERQUE —  — The New Mexico Lottery generated $41 million for college scholarships in the latest fiscal year but revenues continue to slide.

    The lottery’s profits in the 2012 budget year, which ended in June, were roughly the same as the previous year.

    Net ticket sales were $133.8 million, down by 1.3 percent.

  • Looking Back - News - August 22, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Aug. 22 — Several more illegal entries and thefts in City homes were reported to City Police yesterday as they continued their attempts to locate a woman who signed numerous bogus checks in Las Vegas last week, using the name Mrs. Bill Kennedy and JoAnn Day. Other thefts were reported, particularly at homes where the residents were watering their lawns.

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 22, 2012

    Music from Angel Fire concert is Friday

    Music from Angel Fire will hold its Las Vegas concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for patrons 30 and under with a valid I.D. and $10 for students with a valid I.D. Tickets are available at the Media Arts Building across from Ilfeld, Pendaries Village, Plaza Hotel and Semilla Natural Foods. For more information, call 575-377-3233 or 888-377-3300.

  • Weather - August 22, 2012

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Thursday

  • Drought challenging refuge

    Submitted to the Optic

    The rains of the last two weeks have been a welcome sight for the drought stricken Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. But even with slightly more than two inches of precipitation recently the refuge is still suffering as the drought marches across the state.

    The refuge has been taking precautions for the past several years as the worst drought in 50 years continues.

  • Council hikes sewer rates

    The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously last week to increase sewer rates, but it postponed action on just how large of a water rate increase to implement.

    The proposed steep increases in water rates is the item that has drawn the most attention since the city unveiled the proposed rate hikes, but the council opted to hold off on voting on the recommended increases until alternatives can be developed and presented for consideration.

  • Head Start changes irk West board

    Las Vegas City Schools’ decision to switch to a four-day week is affecting not only their district but also the West Las Vegas School District.

    Already the West district has had to change the operations of its Head Start classes held at Los Niños Elementary on the east side, a move that the West board isn’t happy about.