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  • Apodaca tribute concert Sun.

    Submitted to the Optic

    Area resident Antonia Apodaca will be honored during a tribute concert on Sunday, July 23, at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Apodaca lost her home along with decades of musical history and instruments in a  fire earlier this year. The concert is a benefit for her.
    She was born to a family of musicians in Rociada, N.M. A talented guitarist and songwriter, she has an extensive repertoire of traditional Hispanic tunes and songs from northern New Mexico that she learned from her parents and uncles.

  • ‘An American town ... by Americans only’

    On Nov. 20, 1879, just four months after the railroad arrived, the Daily Optic declared that “East Las Vegas is an American town and will be governed by Americans only.”

    The incendiary words were those of Russell A. Kistler, the founding publisher and editor of the Las Vegas Daily Optic, which published its first issue on July 30, 1879. (Kistler followed the railroad to Las Vegas from Otero, a short-lived rail town which existed about five miles south of Raton, where he first started his newspaper as the Otero Optic.)

  • BREAKING: Highlands football recruit arrested in connection with homicide

    Las Vegas police have arrested a New Mexico Highlands University football recruit who is wanted in California in connection with a homicide there, the university announced Wednesday afternoon. The release identifies the recruit as Brandon Johnson. Highlands campus police and the university's athletics department helped city police identify the student. Pick up a copy of Friday's Optic for more on this developing story.

  • Council to take up thorny issue

    City officials pushing for an extension of a city water line to Airport Road say the project is critical to boost fire protection for the northeast part of the city, improve water quality and service the city’s Solid Waste Transfer Station.

    But opponents of the project say it hasn’t been listed as a high priority for the city and that if it passes, it’s only a matter of time before people illegally tapped into the city water system are rewarded.

  • Cemetery Vandalism

    The recent vandalism at the Masonic and Montefiore cemeteries appears to be the work of juveniles creating mischief, and not a hate crime, a city police commander said Sunday.

    “There’s no indication of a hate crime at this point,” Commander Mack Allingham told about 80 people who attended Sunday’s forum on the vandalism at the Presbyterian Church.

  • Counseling group closes its doors

    A local nonprofit that provides counseling to domestic violence offenders and people with substance abuse problems has had to close its doors temporarily.

    Somos Familia, located in the old Northeastern Regional Hospital building off Eighth Street, was forced to place most of its staff on temporary layoff status and cease providing services at the end of the day on Monday.

  • Man arrested on fifth DWI charge

    A 45-year-old man from Sena was arrested earlier this month on what state police say was his fifth drunken driving charge.

    Robert A. Martinez was arrested on July 8 on a charge of driving under the influence-fifth offense, a fourth-degree felony, and on two misdemeanors, driving with an open container and driving without his lights.  

    The probable cause statement filed last week states that Martinez was pulled over at about 10 p.m. on July 8 because he was driving without head lamps near the intersection of Hot Springs Boulevard and Mills Avenue.

  • Smaller chile crop expected this year

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — Green chile farmers in the Hatch and Mesilla valleys in southern New Mexico expect a smaller crop during this season due a scarcity of water.

    Farmers have had to rely almost exclusively on groundwater pumped from wells, and those farmers lacking wells have had to cut back on chile planting or switch to less thirsty crops, like cotton, which is priced at more than $1 per pound.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 20, 2011

    Holman post office meeting is today

    Post office officials will meet with the public at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, in the small gymnasium at Mora Independent Schools, to discuss the Holman Post Office, which may be closed as the post office undertakes a consolidation and reorganization.
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  • Weather - July 20, 2011

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. North wind 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61.