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  • FBI agent charged with wife’s slaying

    The Associated Press

    STAFFORD, Va. — An FBI agent in Stafford County is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife.

    The Free Lance-Star  reports that Arthur “Art” Gonzales told dispatchers he killed 42-year-old Julia Serna Gonzales in self-defense when he says she attacked him with a knife. Both Gonzales and his wife had ties to Las Vegas.

    The 43-year-old defendant surrendered to authorities on Friday and is being held at Rappahannock Regional Jail without bail.

  • Looking Back - May 15, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 15, 2013

    Las Vegas Youth Showcase is tonight
    Las Vegas Youth Showcase, a variety of music and dance performances by Las Vegas youth groups, will take place at 6:30 tonight (Wednesday) at Ilfeld Auditorium. General admission is $5. Children 12 and under pay $3. Advance tickets are available by calling 454-3238.

  • Weather - May 15, 2013

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 46. East wind 10-15 mph, becoming west 5-10 mph in the evening.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 49. Breezy.

    Friday

  • New schedule for West

    Graduation is just around the corner for West Las Vegas High School; however, principal John Bustos is already looking into a scheduling change for next school year.

  • Filling judicial vacancy
  • Speaker to HU grads: Make a difference

    Kim Carpenter, a Highlands University alumnus and co-author of the New York Times best selling book The Vow,  urged the university’s graduates to go out and make the world a better place.

    “There is an urgency to go out and make a difference...,” said Carpenter, the keynote speaker at the commencement ceremony at John A. Wilson Complex Saturday. “You are the future.”

  • Mora: Lawyers lining up to help

    Mora County officials say attorneys from around the country are lining up to help them after the commission adopted a controversial community rights ordinance that bans oil and gas extraction.

    The ordinance is controversial because it seeks to restrict the rights that courts have said corporations enjoy. Mora County is believed to be the first county in the nation to adopt such an ordinance.

  • Drought worsens in New Mexico

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Major stretches of river have already gone dry, farmers are leaving their land fallow, and cities are clamping down on water use, but things in New Mexico just went from bad to worse Thursday.

    The latest map from federal forecasters shows exceptional drought has spread from a quarter of New Mexico to nearly 40 percent in just one week. At this time last year, less than one-tenth of the state was affected by what is considered the worst category of drought.

  • Santa Fe National Forest imposes Stage I restrictions

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Santa Fe National Forest and Valles Caldera National Preserve will enter Stage 1 fire restrictions at 8 a.m. Tuesday due to extreme drought conditions and high fire danger.

    During Stage I fire restrictions, building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, charcoal, coal, or wood stove is prohibited, except in Forest Service developed campgrounds and picnic areas where grills and fire rings are provided.