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Local News

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Osha fire has burned 700 acres

    TAOS — Crews kept a wildfire in the Carson National Forest about 30 miles from Taos from spreading over the last day.

    The Osha fire had burned one square mile, or 700 acres, by Saturday afternoon.

    But fire spokeswoman Lori Cook says the blaze’s acreage didn’t increase from Friday to Saturday.
    The fire’s containment grew from 5 to 15 percent over that period.

  • City water projects funded

    The city of Las Vegas has been awarded nearly $1.9 million to help pay for two key water projects — a backup well at the Taylor Wells Field and extending the city’s effluent water system to Rodriguez Park.

    “It’s part of our overall scheme of working toward both short-term and long-term resolutions to the water problem here,” City Manager Timothy Dodge said.

    A little more than $1.5 million was awarded for Taylor Wells and $330,000 for Rodriguez Park.
    The state Water Trust Board announced the awards on Wednesday.

  • Relay for Life

    Shirley Sandoval is a four time cancer survivor. Her first cancer diagnosis came when she was in her 20s.

    Next week Sandoval — along with many other cancer survivors, family members and supporters — will participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

    “Relay for Life is an awareness that opens the eyes of people to the different type of cancers,” Sandoval said.

  • Driver charged in 3-car crash

    Several people who live on the 500 block of Porter were startled Tuesday evening when a blue Mitsubishi Eclipse barreled down the street and crashed into two parked vehicles.

    City police say the driver of the Mitsubishi — Veronica Jaramillo, 27, of the 100 block of Mills Avenue — was driving drunk.

    Jaramillo, of the 100 block of Mills Avenue, was charged with driving under the influence, careless driving, not having insurance and two counts of striking an unattended vehicle.

  • Man arrested on 10th DWI

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 56-year-old Ribera man was arrested Sunday afternoon for what authorities say was his 10th DWI.
    Richard Carrillo, who lives on County Road B41E, was arrested for aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, 10th offense, a third-degree felony; two counts of taking contraband into a place of imprisonment, a fourth-degree felony; and misdemeanor charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license, not having insurance and having an expired registration.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Saturday, June 3 — After a hearing before Judge D.R. Murray, David Aguilar, the man charged with complicity in the shoplifting stunt pulled off at Joe Taichert’s store Wednesday evening, was released from custody. Aguilar was not the man who ran away with the clothing, though he assisted the real thief by attracting the attention of the clerk while the articles were being gathered up. Judge Murray warned him to get out of town as quickly as possible...

  • Looking Ahead

    Baby Miss and Mister pageant is Sunday

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the third annual Baby Miss and Baby Mister Las Vegas Pageant at 3 p.m. Sunday at the West Las Vegas High School cafeteria. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. For more information, call Philip Ortiz at 505-718-5656.

  • Weather - June 3, 2011

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 52. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, becoming calm.

    Saturday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

    Sunday

  • FYI

    New Mexicans and people from outside the state can fish for free on Saturday in public streams, rivers and lakes, according to The Associated Press. The Department of Game and Fish says no licenses or special permits will be needed although fishing regulations remain in effect, including limits on how many fish anglers can keep.

  • N.M. drought spurs wildfires, hurts farmers

    By Ivan Moreno
    The Associated Press

    Albuquerque and Roswell are on pace for their driest years on record, mirroring conditions across New Mexico that have bolstered large wildfires, hurt crops and forced ranchers to sell livestock they can’t afford to feed.

    Rain has been scarce throughout most of New Mexico, and weather records from Albuquerque and Roswell offer this stark example: The cities have not been this dry during the first five months of a year since 1892, when the state began keeping track.