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  • Bicyclist safety measure approved

    The San Miguel County Commission has adopted an ordinance mandating that motorists allow a right of way of at least five feet for bicyclists traveling on county roads.

    The ordinance will take effect 30 days after  it is filed in the County Clerk’s office. But even after it takes effect, motorists won’t face fines for at least six months while the county tries to get the word out about the new law. After six months, the ordinance will come back to the commission for a decision on whether to begin imposing fines for people who violate the new law.

  • ‘I haven’t laughed this hard in forevers’

    By Leslie Linthicum
    The Albuquerque Journal

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Blackout Theatre troupe put its “(Expletive) Burquenos Say” video on YouTube on Feb. 7 about 2 in the afternoon. When they checked that night, the minute-and-a-half clip had been viewed 87 times.

  • Federal judges named to hear redistricting case

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Three federal judges from New Mexico have been named to consider a lawsuit over new districts for the state House of Representatives.

    The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday appointed appellate Judge Harris Hartz and District Judges Bruce Black and William Johnson to hear the case.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 20, 2012

    In 1935

    Thursday, Feb. 21 — The school house in district No. 19 at San Isidro was destroyed by fire last Thursday, according to an announcement made today by J.V. Gallegos, county school superintendent. Mr. Gallegos said that the fire probably started from a defective flue. It occurred about eight o’clock in the morning, before the children had reached school. All furniture and many of the books were destroyed. The building was constructed about 15 years ago with state aid... About 33 students were enrolled at the school.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 20, 2012

    Carnegie hosting Story Time on Wednesday

    Story Time at Carnegie Library will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday  in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Under the Ocean” by Michael Garland. The theme for the month is “Leap Year Laughter.” All programs are free and open to the public..

  • Weather - Feb. 20, 2012

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Windy, with a west wind 30-35 mph, decreasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 19. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25.  

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 52. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:42 a.m. to 5:47 p.m.

  • FYI - News - Feb. 20, 2012

    Still trying to figure out which mayoral candidate you’ll vote for? The Optic is hosting a forum for all eight mayoral candidates from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight (Monday) at the Memorial Middle School auditorium. Come see where each candidate stands on the issues. The forum includes a segment where candidates answer questions from the audience. 

  • City axes chamber contract

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce suffered a stunning rebuke from the City Council which voted unanimously on Wednesday night to terminate its contract with the embattled organization.

  • Charter challenge to move ahead

    City Manager Timothy Dodge plans to move forward with the challenge to the new city charter, but he’ll wait until after the election to do it, he announced late Wednesday.

    “As the city manager and the city attorney, we do have a responsibility to act and protect the assets of the organization,” Dodge said during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. “I think that’s one of our first duties.”

    The new charter takes effect 10 days after the election.

  • A life-saving gift

    While many Las Vegas residents celebrated Valentine’s Day with flowers and chocolates, Manuel Armijo and his mother, Patricia Sanchez, were in a hospital 650 miles away giving thanks for the early Valentine’s gift they received.

    Armijo, a 23-year old from Las Vegas who likes to go to the movies, hang out with friends and work out, has been in and out of the hospital since August. Doctors determined that he needed a heart transplant to survive.