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  • Senior Profile - Judee Gay Williams

    Whatever Judee Williams does — and she does a lot — she does it with exuberance and gusto. Tracing the course of her life is like reading a book that enthralls in its plot twists, beginning to end.

    Born in Dayton, Ohio, on April 25, 1941, to Edward and Franki Canby, Judee grew up during the war years. Her father was an artist, and a professor of photography, her mother, a homemaker. Her siblings, twins, Thomas and Richard and she spent their early years in Dayton.

  • Eyesore on Tilden Street torn down

    The city’s protracted battle to clean up the eyesore at 921 Tilden St. is nearing an end.

    Crews finally razed the dilapidated structure on Wednesday, bringing an end to its yearslong legal battle and relief to neighbors who have complained about the nuisance property for years.

    Among their concerns have been excessive littering, vermin, unsanitary conditions and fire hazards. Neighbors had also complained that the property was bringing down their property values.

    The recent occupant, Gordy Thatcher, had vacated the house several months ago.

  • Criminal custody case going to trial

    The woman who fled the country with her two children in February amid a bitter custody dispute with their father will stand trial on two counts of custodial interference, a judge ruled Wednesday.

    After listening to more than three hours of testimony, San Miguel County Magistrate Chris Najar determined that there was sufficient probable cause to remand the case against Rebecca Montoya, 29, to District Court for trial.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 26, 2011

    In 1911

    Monday, Aug. 28 — Wednesday evening August 30, 1911, is likely to be a date long remembered by the members of Las Vegas lodge No. 408, B. P.O. Elks. On that occasion the building committee expects to let the contract for the new lodge home to be erected during the coming twelve months... The Elks have worked slowly but surely in the matter of building. The recent decree of the district court giving clear title to the lots on Douglas Avenue put at rest all doubt as to immediate construction.

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 26, 2011

    Rec Center hosting back to school bash

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center is hosting a back to school bash from 7 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 26. The event is aimed at creating comradory between K-10 students from East, West, and surrounding areas. Activities include open gym, open swim and Zumbatomics. Cost is $2.00, Kinder- 10 grades. Parents welcome.

  • Weather - Aug. 26, 2011

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.


  • Correction - News

    Two mistakes were made in the Live Well advertorial article in the Wednesday edition of the Optic. Frank L. Sanchez no longer works at Highlands Family Dental. Its office is now also open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 26, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Aug. 17 and Aug. 24:

    Laura Archuleta, 22, bench warrant positive UA
    Christopher Tafoya, 21, aggravated DWI, striking of unattended vehicle, no insurance
    Theresa Gonzales, 57, felony warrant failure to comply with conditions
    Johnathan Lovato, 43, aggravated battery on a household member, aggravated battery upon a peace officer
    Byron Marshall, 25, bench warrant positive UA

  • Police issue bear safety tips

    Las Vegas police are warning the public that there have been numerous bear sightings in the river walk area in recent days, and they’re asking people to take precautions to keep the hungry animals away from their homes.

    “Due to the heavy forested area along the river walk area, one or more bears have made this area their refuge,” Commander Robert Gutierrez said in a news release.

  • CYFD caseworker charged

    An out-of-control, underage drinking party has landed a caseworker with the state Children, Youth and Families Department in hot water yet again, according court documents.

    Justina Romero, 29, was arrested Saturday afternoon on a charge of child abuse, a third-degree felony, and a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony. The arrest stemmed from a party at her house at 545 Hermosa Lane, in Camp Luna,  where minors were allegedly drinking and doing drugs.