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  • Rangers’ coach says team moving in right direction

    Mora boys’ basketball coach James Branch says his Rangers are among the most dangerous teams in Class 2A as the season nears its conclusion.

    “I think we are back in full force,” he said. “We have suffered numerous injuries the past three weeks, but our game against Peñasco this weekend was a good indication that we are still in the thick of things.”

  • City explores fuel backup

    In June 2011, the Track fire burned thousands of acres near Raton and damaged a block gas valve, forcing Las Vegas’ natural gas supplier to shut down the pipeline that services the city.

    Fortunately, the damage was repaired quickly, and the city’s natural gas customers never had to deal with a disruption in their service.

    But the incident served as a reminder of the precarious situation the city is in with only one natural gas pipeline coming into the city and no backup if that ever goes off line.

  • High Fashion
  • Police arrest two more on DWI charges

    A call to the Drunk Busters hotline helped authorities nab one repeated drunk driver on Super Bowl Sunday while an inoperable headlight led police to another repeat drunk driver the previous Friday, court documents state.

    Michael Mora, 54 of Rainsville was charged with his fifth DWI, a fourth-degree felony, and with having an open container in his vehicle, a misdemeanor.

  • Highlands, Luna hosting college night

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College will sponsor the 14th annual College Night this Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center at 1751 North Grand Ave. in Las Vegas.   

    The free information event features a Mardi Gras theme with finger foods served in a light buffet. The information tables will give out Mardi Gras bead necklaces to people who visit their table. Participants who collect 15 necklaces will get a free College Night T-shirt.

  • Top paid lawmakers got nearly $21K

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The highest compensated member of the New Mexico Legislature collected nearly $21,000 last year under a system that provides no annual salary to lawmakers but grants them daily expense reimbursements.

    Sen. Richard Martinez, an Española Democrat, received $20,922 for last year’s legislative session and attending committee meetings during the year, according to information from the Department of Finance and Administration obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 11, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Feb. 12 — Prominent Las Vegas attorney and former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice W. Morris Shillinglaw Jr., age 53, died this morning at a local hospital following a brief illness. Shillinglaw was appointed to the State Supreme Court March 29, 1958 by Gov. Edwin L. Mechem. He was a practicing attorney, a  member of the San Miguel County, New Mexico State and the American Bar Association, and had served as attorney for the city of Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 11, 2013

    Shrove Pancake Supper is Tuesday
    The Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday at St. Paul’s Peace Church. Tickets are $6 adults and $3 children 12 and younger. All-you-can-eat pancakes, ham and drinks. For more information, call 425-8479.

  • Weather - Feb. 11, 2013

    Monday
    Scattered snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Scattered snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 13. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming northeast in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

    Tuesday
    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming west in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 14.

    Wednesday

  • Rocking good time