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  • Audit criticizes sale of old Ribera school

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Legislative auditors criticized the state on Monday for spending nearly $600,000 to renovate an abandoned school house in northern New Mexico and later selling the still unfinished building for $39,000 to a non-profit group that originally donated it.

    The project began when Democrat Bill Richardson was governor, but Republican Gov. Susan Martinez’s administration last year approved the sale of the old school in the community of Ribera in San Miguel County.

  • Looking Back - July 17, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 17, 2013

    Glimpses of the Past
    A presentation titled “The Santa Fe Ring: Gilded Age Politics in Old New Mexico,” will take place at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge Street. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025, or visit www.nps.gov/foun.
     

  • Weather - July 17, 2013

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 53. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Thursday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

    Friday

  • FYI - July 17, 2013

    Flash flooding and mudslides have shut down a portion of State Road 63 in Pecos, according to The Associated Press. New Mexico State Police say the closure is from mile post 15 northbound. They say the flash flooding and mudslides are presenting dangerous driving conditions for motorists and residents. State police said Monday that the affected portion of State Road 63 will remain closed until further notice.

  • CASA program receives grant from foundation

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Children’s Foundation (NMCF) recently awarded the Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program $3,000 for the recruitment, retention, and training of CASA volunteers. This is the third consecutive year that the foundation awarded money to the CASA program in the Fourth Judicial District.

    The CASA program provides court advocacy services to children who are living in foster care because of abuse or neglect.

  • BREAKING: Vigil found not guilty of 2007 homicides

    A San Miguel County jury found Eric Vigil not guilty this afternoon of murdering Damian Ortiz, 24, and Stephanie Dimas, 25.

    Vigil was also found not guilty of robbery, evidence tampering and two counts of conspiracy.

  • Murder trial heading to jury

    The prosecution and defense in the Eric Vigil murder trial agreed last week that the crimes were horrendous and brutal.
    On the night of Dec. 19 or the early morning hours of Dec. 20, 2007, Damian Ortiz, 24, was shot in the head four times, three times in the temple  at close range and once on the top of his head.

    His fiancee, Stephanie Dimas, 25, was also shot four times, twice in the face, once near her right ear and once in the back of her head.

  • Missoula Magic
  • East district returning to 5-day week

    Students in the Las Vegas City Schools district will be facing a major change when they return to school next month.

    During a board meeting on Thursday, the East school board voted unanimously to return to the five-day school week, despite superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s recommendation that schools remain on a four-day schedule.

    In a split vote last June, the district switched to a four-day school week citing budgetary needs and mandatory professional development for teachers.