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  • Looking Ahead - News - May 16, 2012

    Glimpses of the Past “Freemasonry in the Southwest” presentation will be held this Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. It’s free and open to the public. In March 1862, as Union soldiers reveled in the victory against a Confederate invasion in New Mexico, the first Masonic Lodge of the territory was started at Fort Union. From there, masonry has grown and expanded to four dozen lodges throughout the region.

  • Weather - May 16, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 49. South wind 10-20 mph, becoming west.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 50.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

  • RHS music concert today

    Submitted to the Optic

    Robertson High School students will again showcase their band, mariachi, and small ensembles starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at the Robertson High School Amphitheater.

    The Robertson High School Concert Band and Mariachi, under the direction of Martin Sena, is composed of young musicians from the school. On Wednesday evening, the band will perform a range of selections, including marches, overtures, ballads and contemporary rock music. The mariachi group will perform rancheras, boleros, huapangos, cumbias, and sones.

  • Fire danger remains high

    San Miguel County fire officials are no doubt happy with the recent rainfall, but they warn that wildfires remain a concern.

  • End of the Road
  • Mora Schools get $1.4M grant

    The Mora Independent School District has been awarded a $1.4 million grant to help ensure that it’s students are prepared for college when they graduate from high school.

    “This grant will provide the opportunity for our students to excel from middle school into their collegiate careers,” said Mora Superintendent Thomas Garcia. Of the 89 school districts in the state, only 12 are receiving the GEARUP grant, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

  • 50-year-old facing sixth DWI charge

    A 50-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested earlier this month for driving under the influence, sixth offense.

    Ruben Gallegos, of the 900 block of Lagunita Road, was arrested May 5 on the felony drunk driving charge and a misdemeanor charge of having an open container in his vehicle.

  • Local Briefs - May 14, 2012

    Plane crash claims pilot
    A 63-year-old Scotsdale, Ariz., man died after his plane crashed in San Miguel County late Friday.

    Robert Seigal was the sole occupant of the plane, state police Lt. Robert McDonald said. McDonald said Seigal left Nevada on Friday and was heading to Athens, Ga.

    “For unknown reason his plane crashed east of las Vegas off of (N.M) 104, sometime late on (Friday),” McDonald said in an email.

  • Supremacist prison gang numbers grow

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s prisons have seen a rise in white supremacist gang membership as some inmates seek protection against largely Hispanic gangs, according to state officials.

    State numbers show that membership in white supremacist gangs has doubled in prisons during the past 10 years, and state officials worry the numbers may keep climbing.

  • Doctor pleads in trafficking case

    The Associated Press

    RATON — Federal prosecutors say a northern New Mexico doctor has pleaded guilty to trafficking prescription drugs.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 48-year-old Gilbert Christopher Aragon Jr. entered his plea to a five-count indictment during a hearing in federal court Friday in Albuquerque.

    Aragon works at the Family Practice Clinic in Raton.

    The trafficking took place between July 2009 and July 2010 while he worked at the clinic.