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Local News

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Petition seeks judge’s suspension

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission is asking the state Supreme Court to suspend a Las Cruces judge while he’s being investigated on allegations of bribery.

    Commission executive director Randall Roybal says the petition to temporarily suspend state District Judge Mike Murphy was filed Tuesday.

    Roybal declined to comment further because of confidentiality rules.

  • Firefighters making progress

    By Sue Major Holmes
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Despite strong winds, firefighters are making progress in battling a wildfire that has charred thousands of acres and forced evacuations.

    “It’s still an active fire, it’s still moving along, but it’s not getting outside containment lines,” state Forestry spokesman Dan Ware said.

    The 10,341-acre fire that broke out Sunday was 50 percent contained by Wednesday night even though winds had been gusting to 40 mph during the day.

  • Clinic for veterans now open

    Submitted to the Optic

    Health Net, Inc. and the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System opened the Las Vegas VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic located at 624 University Ave., in Las Vegas, on April 1.

  • Two homicides, two days

    Two Las Vegas men have each been charged with an open count of murder in the beating death of another man on Sunday.

    Richard Vigil, 47, who lives on the 600 block of Jackson, and John Brito, 44, whose address is listed as Dee Bibb Industrial Park,  are also charged with aggravated battery, tampering with evidence and three counts of conspiracy.

    The victim was Joseph H. Hernandez, 45, who lived in an apartment at 614 East Jackson.

  • Prominent resident beaten to death

    A prominent Las Vegas woman who previously ran New Mexico Highlands University’s public relations office was found dead in her home Monday.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said Sherry Anne Clancy appears to have been killed with a blunt object. A dead dog was also found at the Sperry Drive home where Clancy lived with a housemate.

    That housemate, Tamara Smith, 52, has been arrested in the slaying. She is charged with an open count of murder and extreme cruelty to animals.

  • Circus Act
  • Medical pot user asks for new policy

    For Robert Jones, medical marijuana is an everyday need.

    Jones has been using medical marijuana to help him deal with cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder and is one of the program’s original users. So what he’s asking of city leaders probably won’t come as a big surprise.

  • Youth job fair to be held next week

    By Oshá Bailey
    Las Vegas Optic

    Many youths trying to break into the job market have no clue where to start.

    “There are the fast- food joints and maybe some other random jobs that we are familiar with, but we really aren’t introduced to many options as young people,” said Crystal Martinez, a 19-year-old Las Vegas resident.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Thursday, Nov. 14 — County Commissioners are today seeking a court order to open five precincts. Precinct 9-A in West Pecos, 39 in Tecolotito, 31 in Puertocito, and 34 in San Isidro. At the present time only an informal count is available, and the court order is necessary in order for the canvass to record a certified count. The closely observed canvass so far has covered 48 precincts of 63 which required the count, leaving 15 precincts yet to be canvassed.

  • Looking Ahead

    Jamboree for Japan this Saturday

    A Jamboree for Japan will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Las Vegas to raise money for earthquake and tsunami victims. The event is open to the public. Cost is $10 per person. For more information or for tickets call 425-7283