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  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 30, 2011

    Waterwise Garden Tour is Saturday

    A Waterwise Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1. Come to 1327 Fourth St. between 10 a.m. and noon to see what can be done without using potable city water. With intensive mulching and other permaculture techniques, the owners kept not only drought-tolerant plants but an “edible landscape” alive.

  • Weather - Sept. 30, 2011

    Friday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west.

    Saturday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. West wind around 5 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

    Sunday

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Cantaloupe outbreak deadly

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Health officials say as many as 16 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths, are linked to the tainted fruit. State and local officials say they are investigating three additional deaths that may be connected.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 30, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Unser arrested for DWI
    ALBUQUERQUE — Al Unser Jr., a retired American race car driver and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, has been arrested on drunk driving and reckless driving charges.

    KRQE-TV reports that the 49-year-old was arrested Thursday morning in Albuquerque. Authorities say Unser was drag racing another car in his Suburban and was going over 100 miles per hour.

  • A water system in disrepair

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic begins a six-part series on the city’s water problems. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    When Public Service Company of New Mexico offered to hand over the water utility to the city of Las Vegas for $1 in the early 1980s, alarm bells went off in Alfonso Ortiz’s mind.

  • Bear captured on Harris Road

    Juan Ortiz and his family had a circus of a morning Monday, courtesy of a large bear that showed up in their yard on Harris Road.

    While feeding his pigs, lambs, chickens and other animals he spotted two New Mexico State Police officers with their guns drawn. He questioned their presence, and they informed him there was a big bear in the area.

  • City suing Luna for gas payment

    The dispute between the city of Las Vegas and Luna Community College over a disputed natural gas bill is in court, and a May 1, 2012, trial date has been set.

    The city filed suit against Luna earlier this year seeking to recover $81,000 it says it is owed. The college maintains in a court filing that it has already settled the city’s claim and that it doesn’t owe the money the city is seeking.

  • Education institute aims to help parents

    Parents interested in learning how to get the most out of the education system for their children are invited to attend a daylong event on Saturday that will feature classes on everything from bullying to tapping into federal financial assistance and scholarships.

    Families taking part in the Parent and Community Awareness and Education Institute at Luna Community College will also receive a $20 stipend. Free childcare will be provided.

    The institute will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

  • Lawsuits fly in fight to redraw districts

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s redistricting battle has moved to the courts.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a flurry of lawsuits was filed Monday over redistricting plans.

    Santa Fe’s State Democratic Rep. Brian Egolf and several voters sued in 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe over plans drawn up in the recent special session. Meanwhile, three Republican lawmakers, including state House Minority Whip Donald Bratton, filed a separate lawsuit in the 5th Judicial District Court in Lea County.