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  • Vegas sends 3 to Conchas wildfire

    Jose Harris, Anthony Leyba and Christopher Vigil experienced part of history last week. The three Las Vegas firefighters took Engine 5 to Los Alamos to help with the record-breaking inferno — Los Conchas fire, the largest fire ever recorded in New Mexico.

    The three left Las Vegas at nearly 4:30 a.m. last Tuesday and reported to the incident commander. They were directed to a spot near the west side of Los Alamos National Laboratory,  to the south and west of the fire, but, according to Leyba, “There was fire all around us.”

  • Vandals topple, destroy cemetery headstones

    Vandals overturned and destroyed dozens of headstones in Las Vegas’ Masonic and Montefiore cemeteries late last week, with the concentration of damage in the Jewish cemetery on the western end of the cemetery.

    About 30 gravesites in the Montefiore cemetery were vandalized. At least six other headstones in the Masonic cemetery, near the Montefiore plots, were also damaged or overturned.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, July 5 — Death last night claimed Leopoldo Montoya as the result of an encounter with Epefloridito Baca, which occurred Saturday at Tecolote. Baca is in the county jail pending a hearing. ... Montoya’s death was due to persistent intimacy with Baca’s wife. ... He arrived home at a time not expected by Mrs. Baca or Montoya. Baca knocked on the door and was unable to gain admittance. He broke down the door and entered his wife’s room. There he found Montoya and Mrs. Baca.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 4, 2011

    Bernstein to perform Tuesday

    Guitarist Carl Bernstein performs at 8:15 p.m. every Tuesday until July 26 at the Dwan Light Sanctuary on the United World College campus in Montezuma. He will perform classical guitar repertory, original compositions, jazz and vocal work. The concert series is free. It is sponsored by the UWC.

  • Weather - July 4, 2011

    Monday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph.Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night, with a low around 58 and a 10 percent chance of precipitation.

    Tuesday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 59.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Tribes fear loss of sacred sites

    By P. Solomon Banda
    Associated Press

    SANTA CLARA PUEBLO — A mammoth wildfire raging in northern New Mexico is threatening sacred sites of American Indian tribes, after it forced thousands to evacuate from a town and shut a major nuclear lab.

    Hundreds of firefighters were working Sunday to contain the 195-square-mile fire as it burned through a canyon on the Santa Clara Pueblo reservation and threatened other pueblos on the Pajarito Plateau.

  • Fiesta royalty
  • Updated: Judge disqualifies local DA from Quintana case

    The judge presiding over the Jay Quintana case has disqualified District Attorney Richard Flores' office from handing the prosecution, which will mean another delay in the trial which was set to begin on Aug. 23.


    "There's a tangled web over here that I can't turn a blind eye to," Judge George Eichwald said as he announced his ruling late Friday morning.

  • Store, stands pull fireworks

    Optic staff and wire

    So long, eruptors. Later days megamax firework packages.

    With mounting local and state pressure against fireworks use due to the extremely dry conditions and catastrophic fires raging around the state, the local Walmart was planning to halt its firework sales. The firework tents outside Hacienda Home Center and Alco have also ceased selling fireworks.

    “It’s the right thing to do for our community,” Walmart manager Damon Garcia told the Optic Thursday morning.