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  • Teen dies in crash

    A Wagon Mound High School student lost her life in a car crash Wednesday afternoon, the Mora County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed.

    Brandilyn Vigil, 15, a resident of Mora, died at the scene of the accident near Ocate. Sheriff Thomas Garza said his department is still investigating the crash.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 31, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Hiking fees being waived
    SANTA FE — New Mexico State Parks will be waiving fees at several parks on New Year’s Day and offering guided hikes as part of a national initiative to get people to start 2013 outdoors.
    The so-called First Day Hikes will be offered at Bottomless Lakes, Leasburg Dam, City of Rocks and Rockhound parks in southern New Mexico.
    Cerrillos Hills State Park near Santa Fe and Sugarite Canyon State Park in northeastern New Mexico will also be waiving fees and offering New Year’s Day hikes.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 31, 2012

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Jan. 2 —Following the completion of the “Stu” Clark basketball tournament, several of the late coach’s “boys” got together for a group photograph: Joe “Mayo” Armijo, West Las Vegas coach; Gilly Lopez, former Dons coach; Timmy Solano Jr., West Las Vegas athletic director; Tony Serna, West Las Vegas Junior High principal; Tony L. Lovato, Robertson High School coach; Dr. Bob Henry, Las Vegas dentist; Nick Di Domenico, Immaculate Conception School Coach; and Ernest Abreu, St. Michael’s High School coach.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 31, 2012

    Safe Ride Home service extended
    The San Miguel County Safe Ride Home service will extend its hours of operation during the holidays. Days of operation will include Dec. 26 through Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Service will still operate Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Services are provided from any liquor establishment to your home in the Las Vegas area. Call 505-429-0336 for a ride.

  • Weather - Dec. 31, 2012

    Monday
    A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy with a high near 33. West wind 10-15 mph. Monday night, a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

    New Year’s Day
    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Tuesday night, a 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

    Wednesday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Partly cloudy at night with a low around 14.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny with a high near 33.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 4:58 p.m.

  • A year for the books

    Bizarre doesn’t even begin to describe the year that was.

    It was a year in which Mike Melton kissed a pig, literally, and in public no less.

    A year that Vegas residents awoke one August morning to the sounds of helicopters hovering above as agents in dark SUVs executed raids on houses throughout the city.  
    The year that Highlands University threw a $50,000 extravaganza for President Jim Fries, complete with a sultry Marilyn Monroe lookalike singing “Happy Anniversary, Mr. President” to Fries as he sat on a throne.

  • Remembering those who left us in 2012

    A look back at 2012 would be incomplete without pausing for a moment to reflect on those who left us during the year. Below is a list of some of the area residents and those with local ties who died this year.

    Lena T. Salazar, 90, who served in the Women’s Army Auxilary during World War II, died Jan. 13. Salazar was an Army corporal and later worked for many years for Las Vegas City Schools as a nutrition specialist.

  • The year in quotes

    JANUARY

    “It’s a great way to start the year. You see so many people you know out here. ... It’s a great part of being in Las Vegas.”
    — Las Vegas resident Peter Linder, at the annual Polar Bear Plunge into Storrie Lake on New Year’s Day.

    “The long-term picture is the growth in the Hispanic population and graying population and urban growth.”
    — Jack Baker, a senior research scientist at the Census Bureau, in predicting New Mexico’s population growth.

  • Major water leak finally fixed

    The large leak discovered in late November in a water line at the city’s water treatment plant was finally stopped this past weekend.

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia said Saturday that the bypass is in place and the leak has been stopped. The line had at one point been losing about 110 gallons of water a minute.

    Many of the city’s water customers, including those in Los Vigiles, Country Acres Estates, Jonestown and around the United World College, were forced to deal with intermittent low pressure since the leak was discovered.

  • Senior profile - C. Leo Martinez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    Special to the Optic

    During the Christmas season, mild-mannered Highlands University Emeritus Professor C. Leo Martinez morphs into Santa’s Helper.

    For the past 40 or so years, Leo has taken on the role of Santa to bring the season’s cheer to children all the way from Portales to the Pecos Corridor, which includes as many as 16 relatively small communities, mostly villages between Las Vegas and Santa Rosa to the south and recently adding Rainsville and Watrous to the north and east.