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  • A bleak winter water forecast

    Climatologists are predicting about a 40 percent chance of lower than average precipitation for the area this winter, which means Las Vegas could be in for another tough year of water restrictions.

    Andy Feldman, a city councilor and president of the Las Vegas Community Water Board, provided the overview Friday during a daylong water board coalition building meeting on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

    The forecast doesn’t bode well for a good snowpack in the watershed.

  • Convicted killer gets life in institution

    The man who attacked and killed a Las Vegas native just five blocks away from his home in Richmond, Calif., in 2009 was sentenced earlier this month to a life sentence in a state mental institution.

    A doctor determined that Michael Villalobos, 23, was insane when he committed the crime, and a judge found him not guilty by reason of insanity, according to the West County Times.

  • Gov. orders posting of employee salaries

    SANTA ANA PUEBLO (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says she is ordering the state’s official transparency website to list the names, titles and salaries of all state employees.

    The move is a major expansion of the public’s ability to see who works for state government and how much they earn. Currently, only “exempt” state employees who work at the pleasure of the governor are listed on the site.

    Most state workers instead are covered by civil service protections.

  • Rape charges dismissed on SF man

    SANTA FE (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman after he escaped from a Santa Fe state police station in 2010 has been freed after the most serious charges were dropped.

    Prosecutors dropped rape and kidnapping charges against Daniel J. Martinez after prosecutors admitted they lacked evidence and had problems with the main witness.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 31, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, Oct. 31 — Judge Clarence J. Roberts of Raton is here on court business for the Fourth Judicial District. He will spend the next several days hearing cases in chambers. Judge Roberts is a candidate for justice of the state supreme court on the Republican ticket. He received the largest vote of the three successful candidates at the recent state convention. His election on November 7 is an assured fact.

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 31, 2011
  • Weather - Oct. 31, 2011

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 67. West wind 5-15 mph. Clear on Monday night, with a low around 37. West wind between 5-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 5-10 mph increasing to 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.Partly cloudy Tuesday night with a low around 36.

    Wednesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. A 10 percent chance of showers Wednesday night with a low around 28.

  • FYI - News

    City of Las Vegas utility customers can once again pay their bills at City Hall. The payment center at City Hall, 1700 North Grand, has re-opened and will be accepting payments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, though it will be closed during the lunch hour. The payment center is for payments only. Payments can still be made. at the Utility Department on 12th Street from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including through the lunch hour.

  • Late-season elk licenses available on Nov. 2

    Submitted to the Optic

    Two hundred seventy-five late-season archery elk hunting licenses will be available Nov. 2 in a first-come, first-served sale on the Department of Game and Fish website.

    Only hunters who did not hold a 2011-12 elk license are eligible to purchase the late-season licenses, which will be available only on the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us. Hunters of all ages can purchase licenses beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 2.

  • A family’s search for justice

    The night their hellish ordeal began was just like any other.

    John Esquibel, 27, and his 19-year-old nephew Adam Hanson couldn’t take the stifling heat inside the upstairs apartment they were staying at, so they decided to go for a walk.

    “I said, ‘Don’t be gone too long. There’s too many crazy people out these days,’” Esquibel’s mother, Gloria Esquibel, recalls. Esquibel, who had a part-time job at Pizza Hut, told her they were just going to walk around the Plaza once and come back.