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  • 4 nonprofits receive $36K in grants

    Four nonprofit organizations that serve San Miguel County and other parts of northeastern New Mexico have received grants totaling $36,000 from the New Mexico Community Foundation.

    “As New Mexico’s only statewide community foundation, these funds represent a unique and much needed opportunity to fund organizations in rural parts of the state, especially in underserved communities of northeastern New Mexico,” the Foundation said in a news release announcing the grants.

  • Counties warned on immigrants

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico county jails may face litigation from inmates kept in custody for no other grounds than receiving a hold request from federal immigration authorities.

    Counties recently received letters about potential lawsuits centering on immigration holds which lawyers deem false imprisonment, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

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

    The Associated Press

    Ariz. man dies in crash
    WAGON MOUND — New Mexico State Police say an Arizona man died when the vehicle he was riding in overturned on an interstate.

    Authorities say a Ford pickup truck heading northbound on Interstate 25 about 8 miles north of Wagon Mound rolled over Thursday.

    They say the pickup somehow entered the median and overturned six times.

    Police say 68-year-old Oscar Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Gov: State competitive for Tesla plant

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico offered a competitive economic development package to Tesla Motors, but the company gave a priority to locating a planned $5 billion battery factory in a state close to Tesla’s electric-car manufacturing factory in California, Gov. Susana Martinez said Thursday.

    Martinez made her comments Thursday not long before a formal announcement in Nevada that Tesla had selected that state for a factory that could eventually employ up to 6,500 workers.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 8, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1964 — Open house at KFUN Sunday gave Las Vegans an opportunity to meet the new owners and personnel of the local radio station. Those who greeted guests at the station were Robert Adamson of Gallup, chief engineer of Tucker broadcasting stations; Merle Tucker and Mrs. Tucker, owners of Thunderbird Broadcasting Co, which recently purchased KFUN; Stewart Chamberlain, station manager; and Lowell Christianson of Gallup, general manager of Thunderbird Broadcasting.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 8, 2014

    Woodmen, city to host ceremony
    Woodmen of the World Chapter 2 and the City of Las Vegas will host the Honor and Remembrance Ceremony at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at the Carnegie Public Library. The public is invited.

  • Weather - Sept. 8, 2014

    Monday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. West wind 15-20 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

    Wednesday

  • Correction - Sept. 8, 2014

    The David Austin listed in the Aug. 29 jail log is not David Austin Senior. The David Austin who was incarcerated is 18. The Optic printed an incorrect age for him in the jail log.

  • Farmers market staying at Plaza

    Tri-County Farmers Market announced on radio Wednesday that the farmers market would move its Saturday selling location back to Sixth Street and University.

    Not so fast.

    Jarrod Phillips, manager of the farmers market, said Thursday that the market will remain at the Plaza Park on Saturdays for the remainder of the season.

    Phillips said the regular market vendors are unhappy because they don’t feel the city has lived up to its agreement. The market moved Saturday’s location to Plaza Park earlier this year.

  • Hail delays raspberry crop - Let the raspberry picking begin

    Summer’s quickly drawing to a close, which typically means that it’s prime raspberry-picking time at the Salman Ranch. This year, the berries are a little later than usual due to a hailstorm that struck the area in mid-July.

    But don’t worry. Lawrence Espinoza, a ranch worker who oversees the raspberry farm, said he expects to have plenty of the juicy red berries that make scrumptious jelly, topping and syrup.