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  • CASA program receives grant from foundation

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Children’s Foundation (NMCF) recently awarded the Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program $3,000 for the recruitment, retention, and training of CASA volunteers. This is the third consecutive year that the foundation awarded money to the CASA program in the Fourth Judicial District.

    The CASA program provides court advocacy services to children who are living in foster care because of abuse or neglect.

  • BREAKING: Vigil found not guilty of 2007 homicides

    A San Miguel County jury found Eric Vigil not guilty this afternoon of murdering Damian Ortiz, 24, and Stephanie Dimas, 25.

    Vigil was also found not guilty of robbery, evidence tampering and two counts of conspiracy.

  • Murder trial heading to jury

    The prosecution and defense in the Eric Vigil murder trial agreed last week that the crimes were horrendous and brutal.
    On the night of Dec. 19 or the early morning hours of Dec. 20, 2007, Damian Ortiz, 24, was shot in the head four times, three times in the temple  at close range and once on the top of his head.

    His fiancee, Stephanie Dimas, 25, was also shot four times, twice in the face, once near her right ear and once in the back of her head.

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  • East district returning to 5-day week

    Students in the Las Vegas City Schools district will be facing a major change when they return to school next month.

    During a board meeting on Thursday, the East school board voted unanimously to return to the five-day school week, despite superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s recommendation that schools remain on a four-day schedule.

    In a split vote last June, the district switched to a four-day school week citing budgetary needs and mandatory professional development for teachers.

  • Pecos area prepares for flooding

    The Associated Press

    PECOS — Forecasters are calling for more thunderstorms to settle in over the burned mountainsides of New Mexico, prompting some communities to brace for flash flooding.

    The chance of storms dumping more moisture on the areas left bare by a series of recent wildfires is better than 60 percent. This risk is highest today, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

  • Mixed results for area schools

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    About 70 percent of New Mexico’s public schools improved or maintained their letter grade that rates their performance this year, and more than a third received an A or B, state officials announced Thursday.

  • Looking Back - July 15, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 15, 2013

    Municipal Court closed Wednesday-Friday
    Las Vegas Municipal Court will be closed from Wednesday through Friday so that court staff can attend a judicial conference. Court will reopen Monday, July 22.

  • Weather - July 15, 2013

    Monday
    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a high near 69. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Cloudy, with a low around 50. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

    Tuesday