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  • State police get new chief

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico State Police Deputy Chief Pete Kassetas was named Friday to take over as head of the statewide law enforcement agency.

    Kassetas is a 20-year veteran of the State Police and replaces Chief Robert Shilling, who is retiring.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment, saying Kassetas “has an exceptional understanding of law enforcement techniques, departmental objectives, and community outreach.”

  • Looking Ahead - News - Aug. 5, 2013

    Blessing of the waters is Tuesday

    Blessing of the waters, one of the Heritage Week events, will take place after Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows church. A procession will follow the Mass to the bridge on Bridge Street. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 5, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Aug. 2 — The Rt. Rev. Msgr. George V. Rieffer of Las Vegas, vicar general of the Santa Fe Archdiocese, will administer the archdiocese until Pope Paul VI names a new archbishop. Msgr. Rieffer, pastor of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church at Sixth and National, was named administrator Thursday by the archdiocese board of consultors.

  • Weather - Aug. 5, 2013

    Monday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Tuesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - Aug. 5, 2013

    The New Mexico Lottery has sold a winning Hot Lotto ticket for Saturday’s jackpot of $7.3 million, the state lottery communication’s office announced. It is the only winning ticket nationwide. The winning numbers are 2, 4, 29, 38, 41 and a Hot Ball of 7. This is the sixth jackpot-winning ticket sold in New Mexico. 
     

  • Mora sheriff takes the Fifth

    Embattled Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination in a lawsuit filed against him in state district court by two employees he fired.

    Garza — who is awaiting criminal trial on charges of tampering with public records and criminal solicitation — invoked his Fifth Amendment rights in responding to two requests for information from one of the plaintiffs. Garza has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges.

  • Replenishing Storrie Lake - July one of wettest in decades

    If there’s any doubt in your mind that this has been one of the wettest Julys on record in Las Vegas, take a look at these figures.

    According to Brian Guyer, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, we received 4.39 inches of rain at the airport in July.

    “That’s a little over an inch above normal, which is great for this area because we’ve been below normal for such a long period,” Guyer said.

    The average precipitation during the month of July from 1981 to 2010 is 3.07 inches, he said.

  • Heritage Week kicks off today

    Get ready for a week-long party that celebrates the unique history of Las Vegas and the surrounding communities.

    Heritage Week kicks off today with Al Fresco in Plaza Park where Los Tropicales will perform. The Citizens Committee For Historic Preservation’s annual Places with a Past Historic Home and Building Tour is set for Saturday. A Glorieta Battlefield Bus Tour will take place on Sunday, and on Tuesday there will be the Blessing of the Waters. Various other events, including the San Miguel/Mora County Fair are scheduled for next weekend.

  • Program will aid Alta Vista patients

    Submitted to the Optic

    A new cutting-edge telemedicine program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is offering neurological and neurosurgical specialists to rural and small hospitals across New Mexico.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 2, 2013

    Optic Staff and Wire