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  • Looking Ahead - News - June 19, 2013

    Fort Union National Monument’s annual “Cultural Encounters” weekend on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. The event weekend is free and open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Special emphasis will be placed on the Southwest in 1863, talks and demonstrations will be given, highlighting the military campaigns and actions which connected Fort Union to the Long Walk of Mescalero Apache and Navajo in 1863.
     

  • Weather - June 19, 2013

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 7 a.m., then isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 7 p.m. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 56. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

  • FYI - June 19, 2013

    People who live around Mike Mateo Elementary in Sapello heard explosions and felt the ground shake at about 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

    State police Sgt Emmanuel Gutierrez said his agency’s Ordnance Disposal Team was in the area detonating abandoned dynamite that they were called in to dispose of. He said some 40 sticks of dynamite were detonated. There were no injuries, and no foul play is suspected, Gutierrez said.

  • Simpson to discuss book about Valmora Sanatorium

    Submitted to the Optic

    From the 1870s to the 1950s, tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in the United States. It was believed that dry climate, high elevation, fresh air, rest, and sound nutrition were effective treatments. The Las Vegas area met the criteria and the Valmora Industrial Sanatorium, 25 miles north, was established in 1904 by Dr. William T. Brown. It was later supported by 35 industrial organizations in Chicago and St. Louis.

  • Threat from activist alleged

    City officials are accusing one of the organizers of the mayoral recall effort of threatening the city clerk, but organizers are firing back, calling the allegation nothing more than a dirty trick.

    A police report was filed on the incident and it has been forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

  • Flag Day
  • Luna board seeks to relax nepotism policies

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees is mulling changes to its nepotism policy that would allow family members of boards members to be hired by the college.

    The current Luna policy, adopted on Nov. 17, 2010, is strict, prohibiting the college from hiring in any capacity a person who is related to a current board member, administrator or employee of the college, except in limited circumstances. Any such employees who worked at Luna prior to the policy being adopted were effectively grandfathered in.

  • Whites Peak Fire continues to grow

    The Associated Press

    CIMARRON — A wildfire in northern New Mexico that forced about 100 Boy Scouts to relocate to another camping area has grown to more than 1,000 acres.

    State Forestry officials say the Whites Peak Fire grew Saturday to 1,166 acres — more than 1.7 square miles — and is 10 percent contained.

    The lightning-caused fire began Thursday morning in a remote forested area of private land about 14 miles southwest of Cimarron and 3 miles south of Philmont’s border.

  • Trujillo also seeking post

    The Governor’s Office said Thursday that it had inadvertently left Eddie Trujillo’s name off of the list of people who have applied for the vacant San Miguel County magistrate post.

    Trujillo has served as the city of Las Vegas municipal judge since the early 1990s.

    Nine people have applied for the magistrate post, which has been vacant since Magistrate Philip Romero retired in late April.

    Other candidates are: Christian Montaño, Wilma Brown, Suzanne Gaulin, Eddie Gallegos, Twila Quintana, Ruth Trujillo, Gary Gold and Barbara Casey.

  • Officials: NSA programs broke plots

    By Kimberly Dozier
    AP Intelligence Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top U.S. intelligence officials said Saturday that information gleaned from two controversial data-collection programs run by the National Security Agency thwarted potential terrorist plots in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries — and that gathered data is destroyed every five years.