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  • Drought worsens in New Mexico

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Major stretches of river have already gone dry, farmers are leaving their land fallow, and cities are clamping down on water use, but things in New Mexico just went from bad to worse Thursday.

    The latest map from federal forecasters shows exceptional drought has spread from a quarter of New Mexico to nearly 40 percent in just one week. At this time last year, less than one-tenth of the state was affected by what is considered the worst category of drought.

  • Santa Fe National Forest imposes Stage I restrictions

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Tuesday due to extreme drought conditions and high fire danger.

    During Stage I fire restrictions, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited, except in Forest Service developed campgrounds and picnic areas where grills and fire rings are provided.

  • 6 more sue archdiocese

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Six more men have filed lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and are accusing a late priest of sexual abusing them as teenagers in the 1970s and ‘80s.

    The lawsuits recently filed in state District Court in Albuquerque brings the total to 10 men who accused the late Rev. Michael O’Brien of having sex with them when they served as his altar boys.

    Lawyers said the men in these latest suits currently range in age from their late 30’s to mid-50’s.

  • Looking Back - May 13, 2013

    In 1963
    Thursday, May 16 — A caravan from Albuquerque to study and select semi-precious stones, found close to the Circle Drive West of Las Vegas, is planned for later this month. Pete Pankratz, formerly of as Vegas, now retired from U.S. Postal Service and now living in Albuquerque, will arrive to complete arrangements with members of the Chamber of Commerce. The group will hunt semi-precious stones found near the Circle Drive West of Las Vegas. The trip will be made by way of the Mineral Hill route and back to Las Vegas through Gallinas Canyon.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 13, 2013

    Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo is Saturday
    The 22 annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. this Saturday at the NMHU Wilson Gym parking lot. Cost is $5 and includes a new helmet or $1 if attendee provides a helmet. Ages 5 to 12. For more information, call 425-3637.

  • Weather - May 13, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the morning. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 46. South wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind around 10 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.

    Wednesday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.

  • New arrival
  • City ‘won’t run out of water’

    With the snowpack water equivalent at about .2 inches, water flow in the Gallinas at about one-eighth of what it was last year and city reservoirs only being about 65 percent full, 2013 is shaping up to be another difficult year in terms of the city’s water situation.

    But Las Vegas Utilities Direct Ken Garcia says the city has contingency plans in place to ensure that Las Vegas’ water supply doesn’t dry up.

    “We’re not going to run out of water,” he told the City Council during an impromptu water presentation on Wednesday.

  • Train Robbers in training
  • Ortiz breaks tie in favor of beer sales

    It wasn’t a vote that Mayor Alfonso Ortiz seemed happy with casting, but in the end, after councilors deadlocked in a 2-2 vote, Ortiz broke the tie in favor of moving forward with alcohol sales during Train Robbers games at Rodriguez Park.

    Sitting in the audience during the vote was Ray Collins, who lost five families members in a DWI crash in 2006. Earlier in the meeting, during the public comment portion, Collins spoke against allowing beer sales at the park.