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  • Weather - May 31, 2013

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 46. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, becoming north 10-15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 48.

    Sunday

  • Showing appreciation
  • Thirty-seven competing in baby pageant Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Fifth Annual Baby Miss Las Vegas and Baby Mister Las Vegas Pageant at 3 p.m. Sunday at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.  

    Kayla Gonzales, Miss Las Vegas, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies and will perform her talent. Entertainment will also be provided by Savannah Lujan, Miss San Miguel County’s Outstanding Teen and Samantha Romero, Little Miss Las Vegas.

    Admission to the event is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 years and younger.  

  • Highlands students and staff help paint buildings

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands students and staff lent a hand again to paint commercial buildings last Saturday as part of MainStreet de Las Vegas’ ongoing Façade Squad project.

    This time, two adjacent building on the 600 block of East Lincoln Street got a much-needed facelift.

  • Ex-campaign staffer indicted

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A former campaign manager for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez was indicted Thursday on federal charges of hacking the campaign’s email system and obtaining correspondence by the governor, her staff and supporters.

    U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced the indictments in Albuquerque against Jamie Estrada of Los Lunas, who briefly served as campaign manager in 2009 as Martinez was starting her bid for governor.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - May 29, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Lease extended for range

    SANTA FE — State Land Commissioner Ray Powell says his office will continue to lease 120 acres of public land in south Albuquerque for a shooting range operated by a local gun club.
    A lease with Zia Rifle and Pistol Club has been extended for five years, and the Land Office will receive $11,000 a year.
    The shooting range is near Kirtland Air Force Base and an Albuquerque police firing range.

  • Tech lab opens
  • Clarification on ad opposing recall

    An ad opposing the mayoral recall was published in the Las Vegas Optic last Friday, and we neglected to include a sentence about organizational affiliation being for identification purposes only.

    There were several instances whereby individuals, when they signed on to the ad, included the organizations with which they are affiliated, simply  for identification. Inclusion of the names of those organizations does not necessarily mean that the organization itself is opposed to the recall.  

  • Lawsuit filed against jail

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A 69-year-old Las Vegas man suffering from a host of medical ailments is suing San Miguel County after a 30-day stay in the county jail where he alleges he was deprived of his medications and suffered because of it.

    Jerry Coca, of the 300 block of State Road 65 in Las Vegas had pleaded guilty to his third drunken driving offense and was sentenced by former San Miguel Magistrate Philip Romero in October 2011 to 30 days in jail, according to court records.

  • Shooting death ruled suicide

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    The state Office of the Medical Investigator has ruled that Adrian Vallejos, 27, of Pecos, committed suicide and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
    Autopsy results from the case were released last week by Amy Boule, director of operations at OMI in Albuquerque.