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  • 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.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 13, 2012

    Tux and Tails event is this Saturday

  • Weather - June 13, 2012

    Wednesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 51. South wind 15-20 mph, becoming northwest 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming southwest 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 50.

    Friday

  • Drought mars tourney bid

    A lack of grass at Rodriguez Park ball fields has cost the city of Las Vegas the opportunity to host the District 4 Little League tournament this year.

    Chalk it up to another victim of the drought that has the city prohibiting the use of potable water for outdoor watering.

    La Plaza Little League had been scheduled to host the tournament during the first week in July, but after a tour of the fields on Friday morning the district administrator — in consultation with Little League presidents in the district — made the call to move it to Raton instead.