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  • Weather - May 4, 2011

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. North wind 15-20 mph decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 70. East wind 5-15 mph becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 39.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 77. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 41.
     

  • 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.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Child dies of accident injuries

    DEMING — Luna County sheriff’s deputies say a 4-year-old Deming boy was fatally injured when a pickup truck moved as he was playing between the rear of the truck and a hydraulic utility trailer hooked to it.

  • Broker hired to sell state jet

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez vowed to get rid of the state’s executive jet plane, and now she will have help from a Colorado-based aviation broker with international reach.
    The state General Services Department announced Tuesday that it awarded a contract to Wetzel Aviation Inc. to sell the Cessna Citation Bravo.

    Selling the seven-seat plane has been a priority of Martinez since she took office in January.

  • State gets $7M in tax program

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Individuals and businesses participating in a tax amnesty program owe New Mexico nearly $15 million and almost half of that already has been collected by the state, according to the Taxation and Revenue Department.

    Revenues from the program are expected to increase because the state is continuing to process about 3,600 cases.
    The tax amnesty program was offered last year to allow taxpayers to pay their unreported taxes

  • Crews tackle Dalton property

    Residents who live near Bob Dalton’s house are breathing a sigh of relief after city workers went onto the property Thursday and cleared out five to six dump trucks of trash and other debris from the yard.

    Neighbors watched as crews hauled out buckets, boxes of wood, raggedy chairs and other trash and debris from the house located across the street from Robertson High School. Neighbors have complained about the mice that the property has been attracting for years.

  • East teachers upset about likely changes

    A tentative reorganization plan pitched by Las Vegas City Schools interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez has teachers at one thriving elementary school and at least one high ranking administrator crying foul.

    Besides requiring all current administrators to reapply for their positions, McNellis-Martinez has also hinted that teachers may be shuffled to different schools.

    McNellis-Martinez did not respond to calls from the Optic last week seeking an interview on the reorganization plan.

  • Tons of fun
  • Electric coop board may add voting site

    MORA — The Board of Trustees of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative will consider adding a second polling place for the District 4 election scheduled for May 10.

    After enduring relentless insults from a standing-room only crowd on Thursday afternoon, board members gave in and scheduled a special meeting for 1 p.m. today  (Monday) at the coop boardroom in Mora. Thursday’s meeting was so contentious that a state police officer was called in to maintain order.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Monday, May 1 — Harry E. White has purchased the Parisian Dry cleaning establishment on Sixth Street. He will run the place as a strictly up-to-date establishment. Russel McComas, who was proprietor of the place for some time, was obliged to quit because of poor health. He left yesterday for his former home in Kansas City. Mr. McComas’ brother, Marion McComas, who also had been here for his health, accompanied him as far as Dodge City, Kan., where he will remain.