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  • Baca found not guilty

    SANTA ROSA — Twenty-two months after Richard Baca shot and killed the man who was punching him during a road rage incident, a jury found him not guilty of voluntary manslaughter.

    Baca stood quietly with his defense team as the verdict was read inside a courtroom here at 2:46 p.m. Friday. He could have been sentenced to up to seven years in prison if he had been convicted.

    Audible gasps of relief spilled out from the handful of Baca family members in the courtroom as Judge Eugenio Mathis read the verdict.

  • Remembering 9/11

    By Larry Neumeister and Samantha Gross
    The Associated Press

    The names of the Sept. 11 dead, some called out by children barely old enough to remember their fallen mothers and fathers, echoed across ground zero Sunday in a haunting but hopeful tribute on the 10th anniversary of the terror attack. “Hope can grow from tragedy,” Vice President Joe Biden said at the Pentagon.

  • Air Force cuts flights in new plan

    The Associated Press

    CANNON AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force says it determined that its controversial proposal for low-level night-time training flights over New Mexico and Colorado would have no significant impact on the environment, but still made adjustments to proposed fly-zones.

    A map released with an updated proposal last week cut out planned flights over northern New Mexico’s population corridor from Albuquerque north through Santa Fe and Taos. It also removed proposed flights over Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Trinidad in Colorado.

  • Dedication of West gym is Tuesday

    The gymnasium at the Valley Elementary and Middle School will soon have a new name.

    The West Las Vegas School Board will dedicate and formally name the gymnasium after Jesus “Jesse” Griego at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the school in Ribera.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 12, 2011

    In 2001

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 12, 2011

    County Commission to meet Tuesday

    The San Miguel County Commission will meet at 1:30 p.m.  Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the county commission chambers.

  • Weather - Sept. 12, 2011

    Monday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 5-15 mph.  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming calm. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

    Wednesday

  • 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.

  • Breaking: Not guilty verdict in Baca trial

    A Guadalupe County jury found Richard Baca not guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday afternoon.

    Baca was on trial for the November 2009 slaying of Benito Lemos.

    The jury reached its verdict after sitting through four days of testimony in the case.

    For more on this breaking story pick up a copy of Monday's Optic.

  • Rape suspected at state hospital

    An investigation is under way into a suspected rape at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

    Both the suspect and the alleged victim are male patients at the hospital, and the sexual assault is believed to have occurred on June 10.

    Details of the investigation are contained in a search warrant affidavit filed by state police last month.

    The suspect is 78. Online court records show no charges having been filed against him so far.