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  • Weather - Sept. 5, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. West wind 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.


  • Correction - News Sept. 5, 2011

    Two mistakes were made in the Aug. 29 edition of the Optic. Stella Bakarich is the owner and physical therapist of Buena Vida Physical Therapy and Wellness, and DeAnn Barry is the registered yoga teacher and a certified pilates instructor.

  • Settlement reached in football camp case

    From AP and Staff Reports

    A settlement has been reached in a case involving Robertson High School football players who were sodomized with broomsticks at a football camp in August 2008.

  • Man sought in domestic dispute

    Las Vegas police are seeking a man who allegedly kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach during a domestic dispute early Saturday morning and then managed to escape when officers showed up at the house.

    An arrest warrant has been issued for Luis F. Sanchez, 23, of the 700 block of Dora Celeste. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at 425-8884. Callers remain anonymous.

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  • Area could lose seats in redistricting

    The population declines in San Miguel and Mora counties and its rural neighbors over the last decade are setting the stage for a difficult session for area lawmakers as they head to Santa Fe to redraw legislative boundaries.

    State senate and house districts in this area will need to expand to pick up the necessary population, and there’s even a possibility of area senate and house seats being combined, resulting in a loss of representation in this area.

  • Testimony limited in homicide case

    State Police Agent Paul Chavez will be allowed to testify for the prosecution during Richard Baca’s voluntary manslaughter trial next week. But he won’t be able to testify that the location of one of the casings found at the scene indicates that Baca fired one of the shots while holding the weapon outside his car window.

    District Judge Eugenio Mathis issued his ruling Wednesday after holding an evidentiary hearing on the ejection pattern analysis Chavez used to reach his conclusion.

    Baca is accused of shooting postal carrier Benito Lemos three times.

  • Las Vegan sentenced to 60 months

    A Las Vegas man was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

    Charles Richard Lucero, 42, has been in federal custody since his arrest on July 6, 2010.

    Authorities found a Ruger, model P89, 9mm pistol and ammunition on Lucero on Feb. 10, 2010.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 2, 2011

    From The Associated Press and Optic staff

    Police schedule DWI checkpoints

    New Mexico State Police will be conducting DWI checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols in this area for the Labor Day Super Blitz period.

    Multiple enforcement efforts will be under way through Monday.

    The DWI checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols will be held in San Miguel and Mora Counties.

    Hunting season opens in NM

    SANTA FE — Hunting season is back in New Mexico.

  • Bank robber gets 37 months

    The Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty to robbing a Wells Fargo Bank earlier this year was sentenced to 37 months in prison on Wednesday.

    Eric Schlenker, 43, will also be on three years of supervised release after he serves his federal prison sentence, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    Schlenker robbed the Wells Fargo Bank located inside the Albertsons Grocery Store on St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe on Feb. 12.