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  • Dedication of West gym is Tuesday

    The gymnasium at the Valley Elementary and Middle School will soon have a new name.

    The West Las Vegas School Board will dedicate and formally name the gymnasium after Jesus “Jesse” Griego at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the school in Ribera.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 12, 2011

    In 2001

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 12, 2011

    County Commission to meet Tuesday

    The San Miguel County Commission will meet at 1:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the county commission chambers.

  • Weather - Sept. 12, 2011

    Monday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 5-15 mph.  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming calm. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

    Wednesday

  • 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.

  • Breaking: Not guilty verdict in Baca trial

    A Guadalupe County jury found Richard Baca not guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday afternoon.

    Baca was on trial for the November 2009 slaying of Benito Lemos.

    The jury reached its verdict after sitting through four days of testimony in the case.

    For more on this breaking story pick up a copy of Monday's Optic.

  • Rape suspected at state hospital

    An investigation is under way into a suspected rape at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

    Both the suspect and the alleged victim are male patients at the hospital, and the sexual assault is believed to have occurred on June 10.

    Details of the investigation are contained in a search warrant affidavit filed by state police last month.

    The suspect is 78. Online court records show no charges having been filed against him so far.

  • Lost in the fight

    Carol and Pat “Pappy” Harris watched the horror of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks play out from their remote San Geronimo ranch, and they grieved with the rest of the country for the thousands of Americans who perished on that grim September day.

    But it would be five more years before the full weight of Sept. 11 would hit them like a ton of bricks crashing down on their idyllic lives.

    The attacks affected the entire Harris family, but it had a profound impact on their second oldest son, Shane Harris, who viewed it as a call to defend his country.

  • War, peace and relationships

    Las Vegas Optic

    Hopes for peace, acts of war and strained international relations. Each grew out of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 — and have been directly felt in Las Vegas.

    You can see the impact in local lives. You can feel the effects in the words of friends and neighbors. Some even heard a calling as the towers fell.

  • Baca trial moves ahead

    SANTA ROSA — Lucy Lemos sobbed Wednesday morning as a witness described the final moments of her son’s life, lying on the ground bleeding with passersby trying to keep him alive as night fell on the city.

    Ana Fredlund was driving to a 6 p.m. class  at Highlands University on Nov. 9, 2009, when she heard the three rapid shots that ripped through Benito Lemos’ chest.

    As she came upon the scene at 12th Street and National Avenue seconds later, she asked a lady standing next to a vehicle if she needed help.