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  • Counties concerned with forest travel planning

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    In a state where tourism is big business, leaders from New Mexico’s 33 counties want to make sure the federal government gives them a seat at the table as the U.S. Forest Service decides which roads and trails should be closed to motorized traffic.

    County leaders voted Saturday to approve a resolution addressing the agency’s effort to establish travel management plans for millions of acres in New Mexico.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 18, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 18, 2013

    Children’s Chorus program

    Learn music and sing songs from many cultures in the Las Vegas Children’s Chorus program, which runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Old Mission Church on Chavez and Socorro Street. The program is coordinated by the United World College with UWC faculty member Kevin Zoernig.

  • Weather - Feb. 18, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 18. Southwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. South wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Windy. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Breezy.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:44 a.m. to 5:46 p.m.

  • Valentine’s Day visit
  • Drilling advocates take aim

    Powerful supporters of the oil and gas industry have taken off their gloves, mounting a multi-faceted offensive against cities and counties that have been stifling drilling activities.

  • Welcoming new CEO
  • Rialto cited for liquor violations

    Two El Rialto Restaurant and Lounge employees are facing criminal charges for serving alcohol to minors, and the restaurant itself is also in hot water over the incident, according to documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court earlier this month.

    The cases stem from an undercover alcohol compliance operation executed by the state Department of Public Safety’s Special Investigations Division on the evening of Jan. 25.

    DPS agents sent a 20-year-old man into El Rialto to see if they’d serve him.

  • Moratorium on oil and gas extended

    San Miguel County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with extending their moratorium on oil and gas exploration in the county for eight more months.

    Commissioners voted to publish notice of the ordinance to extend the moratorium and to hold a public hearing on March 12, following which a vote will be taken to officially extend it.

    But because the moratorium that had been in place expired this week, the commission also imposed an emergency moratorium that will be in effect until the March 12 vote.

  • Matt Mason performance is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Rising country music star Matt Mason will perform in Las Vegas at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium. The performance is presented by New Mexico Highlands University.

    Country Music Television honored Mason as the “Next Superstar” in country music in 2011.

    The acclaimed singer-songwriter’s national visibility and fan base soared when he toured the country with CMT.

    Also in 2011, the record label Warner Music Nashville signed Mason.