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  • Utility workers saved woman

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Two city utility department employees who saved the life of an elderly woman this past June earned recognition from Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr. at Wednesday night’s council meeting.

    The pair found the woman face down and apparently dead in the front yard of her home off Eighth Street and revived her with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

    The woman, identified as Frances Esquibel, 79, passed away last week at an Albuquerque nursing home.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Aug. 23, 2013

    From The Associated Press

  • Jail Log - Aug. 23, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 12 and Aug. 15:

    Anthony Mares, 53, aggravated battery on household member, G.P.S violations
    Gabriella Rodriguez, 25, hold for court
    Abigail Aragon, 29, failure to pay fines
    Josephine Garcia, 41, failure to comply with conditions, failure to pay fines
    Robert Sandoval, 31, hold for court
    Eligio Baca, 67, person under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs

  • Looking Back - Aug. 23, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Aug. 23, 2013

    Local Music from Angel Fire concert is Friday
    The annual Music from Angel Fire local concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $20.

  • Weather - Aug. 23, 2013

    Friday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. South wind 10 to 20 mph. Becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

    Saturday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny with 10 percent chance of showers.

    Monday
    Mostly sunny with 10 percent chance of showers.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:26 a.m. to 7:40 p.m.

  • Couples line up for marriage licenses

    By Juan Carlos Llorca and Russell Contreras
    Associated Press
    LAS CRUCES — Seven couples were waiting outside when the Doña Ana County courthouse opened Thursday and more from across New Mexico and Texas were expected to flock to the border town as the country clerk for a second day was granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

  • Union wants buildings tested

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A public employees union urged Gov. Susan Martinez’s administration on Wednesday to test state buildings near downtown Santa Fe for possible environmental contamination to determine whether it’s a source of worker health problems.
    Communications Workers of America local president Donald Alire said workers in the Public Education Department and other agencies have complained of respiratory problems and other illnesses for several years.

  • ‘Look, we’re not running a zoo here’

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    The bear tracks stood out clearly in the soft dirt by the side of the road, right where they should have been, alongside a scrub oak blooming with acorns.

    “This is their time of milk and honey,” says Rick Winslow, a bear biologist with the state Department of Game and Fish. “And it’s looking pretty good right now.”

    New Mexico’s bears are getting ready to put on some serious weight before they hole up and hibernate through the winter.

  • Injunction called against West

    West Las Vegas High School students returned to school on Tuesday on a new 5x5 schedule despite an emergency injunction ruling by the state’s Public Employees Labor Relations Board. A 5x5 schedule is a combination of both traditional and block scheduling.