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  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Tuesday, May 16 — The territorial grand jury this morning brought the first true bill drawn by that body since it was empanelled yesterday afternoon. The bill accuses Luis Hermosillo of burglary with intent to commit a felony. Several weeks ago Hermosillo went to the home of J.M. Martinez on Railroad Avenue. He asked for something to eat, which was given him by Mrs. Martinez. Later Mrs. Martinez discovered Hermosillo in the house, the man having entered through a window.

  • Looking Ahead

    Bird celebration this Sunday

    An International Migratory Bird Day celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. Seating is limited to 40. All seats will be available on a first come first serve basis. For more information call Linda Kelly at 454-9452 or Jan Arrott at 454-6115.

  • Weather - May 13, 2011

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 67. North wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear on Friday night, with a low around 43. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming calm.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Sunday

  • Correction - News

    A story in Wednesday’s Optic on the Jay Quintana case misidentified Quintana’s defense attorney. He is represented by Thomas M. Clark, and the motion’s filed on behalf of Quintana were filed by Clark. 

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  • Co-op receives grants

    The Associated Press

    MORA — La Jicarita Telephone Cooperative in northern New Mexico’s Mora County is receiving more than $11.8 million in grants and loans to upgrade its broadband delivery system.

    The funding through Rural Development’s broadband loan program will provide fiber optic service to people in very rural areas who have limited broadband service, or none at all.

    Rural development says the fiber optics will replace old and deteriorating copper telephone lines.

  • Measure gets hearing

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman says the National Park Service is the agency best suited to handle long-term management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Democrat made the comment Wednesday after a committee hearing on legislation that directs the agency to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area’s natural and cultural resources.

    Bingaman and fellow New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall introduced the legislation.

  • Defense claims accuser had porn

    A new twist has emerged in the high-profile Jay Quintana case — allegations that his alleged victim may have been accessing child pornography on her laptop computer.

    The allegation, made in court filings by defense attorney Thomas Clark, has caused quite a stir, prompting motions to seal the court documents containing the allegation.

    The defense is fighting to be allowed to introduce the evidence during Quintana’s trial, arguing that it raises questions about the alleged victim’s credibility and mental state.

  • Outdoor recreation show set for June

    The Sunrise Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas is launching an Outdoor Recreation Show this summer to showcase northern New Mexico, and it’s hoping to make it an annual event.

    The organization is currently recruiting exhibitors for the June 18 show, which will be held at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

  • Four promoted to commander

    Four Las Vegas police veterans were promoted to the rank of commander on Monday, solidifying the city police department’s command structure.

    Mack Allingham, Robert Gutierrez, Kenneth Jenkins and Juan Montaño each will oversee a division within the city police department, though specific details are still being worked out, said Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño, who is not related to Juan Montaño.