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  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 8, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Hearing set in campaign dispute

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court plans a hearing later this month on a lawsuit by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King in a dispute over campaign contributions.

    At issue in the case before the state Supreme Court is a state law that limits individuals and political action committees to giving no more than $5,200 for a primary election and $5,200 for a general election.

  • Looking for ideas for your yard?

    Submitted to the Optic

    If you are curious about how recent rains have affected our local landscape, you might be interested in touring some of our local gardens. The annual Garden Tour, sponsored by the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation, will be held Saturday. The tour is self-guided, and participants will visit the gardens of several area residents.

    The tour will include the newly renovated Rheua Pearce Park, located along the Gallinas River.

  • Not in my backyard

    By Nigel Duara and Dina Cappiello
    The Associated Press

    BOARDMAN, Ore. — The largest power plant in Oregon, the Boardman Coal Plant, sat idle one day earlier this summer, “cold steel” in industry parlance, its dirty power no longer wanted on an electricity grid that is becoming greener.

  • Fire destroys Inn of Las Vegas

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Inn of Las Vegas, the once trendy Las Vegas hotel that for years was a popular venue for weddings and other special occasions, was destroyed by fire Tuesday.

    The fire started at about 6 p.m. Firefighters rushed to the scene but were unable to save the north Grand Avenue structure. The building had been boarded up for years.

    Las Vegas police shut down a portion of Grand Avenue in front of the burning building as paramedics stayed close by.

  • Fire set to city courthouse

    Las Vegas police and the state Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating an attempted arson that took place early Saturday morning at the municipal courthouse on Grand Avenue.

    A man who lives across from municipal court called 911 early Saturday morning after noticing flames across the street, according to the incident report filed in the case.  

  • It’s County Fair Time! Queen contest kicks off event

    This year’s 41th Annual San Miguel/Mora County Fair starts today (Wednesday) with animals of all sizes making their way to the fairgrounds, just north of town.

    Ted Roybal, president of the County Fair Association, said there is plenty of fun for the whole family at this year’s fair. The fair is free and open to the public at the fairgrounds, located just north of Las Vegas off Hot Springs Boulevard going towards Montezuma.

    The fair kicks off with a queen contest at 1 p.m. today and ends Saturday night with family activities.

  • Waterline leak closes Seventh St.

    A break in a main city waterline near Southwest Capital Bank has resulted in intermittent closures of Seventh Street between Douglas and National and the loss of an estimated 50,000 gallons of water.

  • State proposes work requirement for food stamps

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration proposes to re-impose and broaden work-related requirements on low-income New Mexicans to qualify for food stamps.

    Starting in October, the state plans to restore a 20-hour-a-week work requirement for an estimated 26,600 childless adults to get food stamps. The mandate was suspended in 2009 because of the national recession. On-the-job training and community service also can help meet the work mandate.

  • Student proficiency drops from 2010

    The Associated Press

    The percentage of students in New Mexico scoring at or above grade level in reading and math is lower now than it was in 2010.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that recently released Standards Based Assessment test scores show that 49 percent of students read at grade level or better this past spring. That’s down 4 percentage points since 2010.