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  • Mayor told to sign law or resign

    It’s been more than seven weeks since the City Council voted 3-1 to approve an anti-fracking ordinance, but the law has yet to be added to the municipal code book because of the mayor’s refusal to sign it.

    On Wednesday, supporters of the controversial community rights ordinance showed up en masse to confront Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, telling him he had no authority to block the ordinance and calling on the Council to remove him from office if he refuses to sign it.

  • Treasurer hopeful outspending rivals

    If the race for San Miguel County treasurer comes down to the amount of money each candidate has spent on the campaign, then Viola Vigil should have no problem capturing the post.

    Vigil began the race with $45,000 in her campaign war chest, and as of the latest campaign finance filing date, she had spent $23,596. None of her opponents come close.

  • Looking Back - News - May 25, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, May 23 — Music lovers on Tiptoe for Haroldi: Everybody is anxious to hear the famous Polish violinist. The music lovers of this city are on tiptoes of expectation for Wednesday night at the Duncan Opera House to hear famous Polish violinist. The performance is billed as “The costliest event ever offered at the Duncan Opera House.” Tickets are $1, $1.50 and $2.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 25, 2012

    I-25 construction begins this Tuesday

    Construction on Interstate 25 from mile marker 348.5 to mile marker 356.5 begins Tuesday. Crews from FNF Construction Inc. will be at the site between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Crews will have one lane closures during working hours, which will lead to delays in the construction zone. Speed will be reduced to 55 mph. The $6.7 million project is slated to take 90 days.

  • Weather - May 25, 2012

    Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 87. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 52. Windy, with a south wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.

    Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Windy, with a south wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 50.


  • Correction - News - May 25, 2012

    In the visitors guide, 2012 Summer Destinations, the Optic misidentified the official name of the Pecos National Historical Park in a headline on Page 14. The park has not been named a “national monument” for years.

  • In Brief - Local News - May 25, 2012

    City closing early Friday
    City of Las Vegas offices will close at noon this Friday to allow employees to attend the dedication of the memorial for the two city workers killed last year in a trench collapse.

    The dedication will begin at noon on Friday at Cinder Road and Palo Verde, where the accident occurred.

  • UWC commencement
  • Second Mora deputy fired

    The Mora County sheriff’s deputy who recorded the altercation between Sheriff Thomas Garza and another deputy has been fired.

    Stephen Mora confirmed to the Optic through a text message that he had been fired, but added he couldn’t say anything more about it right now. The Optic was unable to reach Garza earlier this week.

    KOAT-TV reported earlier this week that the termination leaves the sheriff’s department with one deputy and the sheriff to patrol the county.

  • Jail Log - May 25, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 16 and May 21:
    Paul Trujillo, 24, Department of Corrections hold for court
    Helen Rivera, 30, failure to appear, fraud by worthless checks, probation violation
    Jose Euligo Maestas, 33, failure to appear
    Alfred Alcon, 32, failure to appear, breaking and entering, criminal damage to property
    Lonnie Bennett, 49, all other larcenies, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana
    Ted Gordan, 45,  bench warrant: failure to pay