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  • In Brief - New Mexico News - June 15, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Judge: Cops used excessive force
    ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge is maintaining his ruling that Albuquerque police used excessive force in the 2009 arrest of a drunken man who was subdued using stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported that U.S. District Court Chief Judge Bruce D. Black has rejected the city's argument to alter his judgment against four police officers.

    Black overturned a jury's verdict in favor of the city in April.

  • Eighth Annual LCC Car Show Saturday

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College will be having its Eighth Annual Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the college.

    A $20 entry fee is required per vehicle. Entries will be received until the day of the event. The first 100 paid entries will receive a commemorative t-shirt and all entries will qualify for door prize drawings. Entries will be received until the day of the event.

  • Feds decline dune lizard protection

    By Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A contentious battle over a rare lizard found only in New Mexico and West Texas’ oil and gas country took a surprising turn Wednesday with federal officials deciding not to bestow endangered species protections on the small reptile.

  • Texas tip led to huge bust

    The drug bust that yielded 600 pounds of marijuana last week was the result of a Texas Department of Public Safety investigation that spilled over into New Mexico, documents filed Tuesday in San Miguel County Magistrate Court reveal.

  • Change orders up remodel cost

    A remodeling project at West Las Vegas’ Tony Serna Elementary School cost nearly two-thirds more than the original bid because of two change orders.

    The original bid from Franken Construction for remodeling the elementary school’s kitchen was for $131,153, but the project ended up costing $208,557, nearly 60 percent more than the original bid.

    Exactly how the district covered the additional costs is unclear.

    Superintendent Ruben Cordova had not responded to an e-mail from the Optic as of press time.

  • Beating the Heat
  • Schools providing summer meals

    Both local school districts are providing free meals to children this summer.

    The West Las Vegas School District is offering both breakfast and lunch. Las Vegas City Schools is providing lunch service for those 18 and under, however, the district is serving breakfast to its summer school participants.

  • Air crews join battle against wildfire

    By Juan Carlos Llorca
    The Associated Press

    RUIDOSO — Air and ground crews used a break in the hot and windy weather Monday to fight a fast-moving wildfire that charred tens of thousands of acres in just three days and forced hundreds of residents to leave their homes in southern New Mexico.

    Although the lightning-sparked fire in the Sierra Blanca mountain range grew by another 1,500 acres, fire officials declared it 30 percent contained by Monday night after the almost 950 firefighters were able to build fire lines on the east side of the blaze.

  • Sunrise Kiwanis’ Outdoor Recreation Show is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Who says you need to leave Las Vegas to have a great vacation?

    If you need to be reminded about the many activities and nature adventures common to our area, Sunrise Kiwanis is sponsoring the second Annual Outdoor Recreation Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Abe Montoya Rec Center.

    The show is a family- oriented event focused on all types of outdoor activities available around the Las Vegas area such as camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, golf and boating.

  • Looking Back - News - June 13, 2012

    In 1912

    Saturday, June 8 — Fire destroyed property to the value of $90,000 at an early hour this morning. Seething flames threatened the destruction of the entire south side of the Plaza. Establishments and several large businesses and homes are reduced to ashes.