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Local News

  • Three winning Powerball tickets sold

    The Associated Press
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Three of the tickets sold in Minnesota and New Jersey for the Powerball game Wednesday evening matched all six numbers drawn, which were: 05-25-30-58-59 and Powerball: 32.
    The players matching all five numbers and the Powerball won the $425 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $40 million for Saturday.

  • Regulators propose new medical marijuana rules

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE— State medical regulators are drawing criticism for proposing new rules with requirements for doctors and other health care providers who certify patients to use medical marijuana.
    The Medical Board plans an Aug. 16 hearing on the new rules, which include requirements that patients be periodically re-diagnosed and that providers notify patients’ other health care providers.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 9, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Team finishes fire rehab work

    PECOS, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say they have finished with emergency rehabilitation work on hundreds of acres charred by the Tres Lagunas Fire.
    About 518 tons of straw were dropped by helicopter on part of the burn scar in the Santa Fe National Forest. The work spanned more than four days and took nearly 30 hours of flight time.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 9, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 31 and Aug. 4:

    Nicole Chavez, 27, hold
    Marcos Jara, 34, 15-day commitment
    Marcos Ruiz, 33, failure to appear, failure to pay fines  
    Charlene Pacheco, 35, failure to appear for burglary and shoplifting, criminal trespass
    Gonzales Estevan, 32, hold for court  
    Paul Mares, 35, failure to appear for larceny and contributing to the delinquency of a minor

  • Looking Back - Aug. 9, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 9, 2013

    The Heritage Week Traditional Spanish Pioneer Dinner will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Friday) at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Center. Dinner includes a traditional buffalo stew with green chile and barley, pinto beans and chicos. Admission is $10 and children five and younger eat free.

  • Weather - Aug. 9, 2013

    Friday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southeast wind 5-10 mph.

    Saturday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. South wind 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

    Sunday

  • FYI - Aug. 9, 2013

    State police are planning a DWI checkpoint in San Miguel County today (Friday) from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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    The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home.

  • Officials meet with Tree Board to look at projects

    Submitted to the Optic

    Local Tree Board members met with federal officials to discuss Urban and Community Forestry Assistance projects in Las Vegas City Parks recently. Projects were $25,000 each for a total of $50,000 to remove hazardous trees and prune aging shade trees in the parks. Funding was provided by New Mexico State Forestry and U.S. Forest Service and the project was administered by Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District.

  • Rio Rancho couple claims $7.6 million lottery jackpot

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Rio Rancho couple has claimed a $7.6 million Hot Lotto jackpot from the New Mexico Lottery.

    Doug Barnard and his wife Roberta came forward Tuesday with the winning ticket from last Saturday’s drawing.

    The odds of winning a Hot Lotto jackpot are 1 in 29 million.

    Doug Barnard says he began playing Hot Lotto for the first time about two weeks ago.

    He didn’t realize the quick-pick ticket had the winning numbers until he checked them on the lottery’s website Tuesday morning.