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  • Looking Ahead - News July 4, 2011

    Bernstein to perform Tuesday

    Guitarist Carl Bernstein performs at 8:15 p.m. every Tuesday until July 26 at the Dwan Light Sanctuary on the United World College campus in Montezuma. He will perform classical guitar repertory, original compositions, jazz and vocal work. The concert series is free. It is sponsored by the UWC.

  • Weather - July 4, 2011

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86.Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph.Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night, with a low around 58 and a 10 percent chance of precipitation.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 59.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Tribes fear loss of sacred sites

    By P. Solomon Banda
    Associated Press

    SANTA CLARA PUEBLO — A mammoth wildfire raging in northern New Mexico is threatening sacred sites of American Indian tribes, after it forced thousands to evacuate from a town and shut a major nuclear lab.

    Hundreds of firefighters were working Sunday to contain the 195-square-mile fire as it burned through a canyon on the Santa Clara Pueblo reservation and threatened other pueblos on the Pajarito Plateau.

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  • Updated: Judge disqualifies local DA from Quintana case

    The judge presiding over the Jay Quintana case has disqualified District Attorney Richard Flores' office from handing the prosecution, which will mean another delay in the trial which was set to begin on Aug. 23.

    "There's a tangled web over here that I can't turn a blind eye to," Judge George Eichwald said as he announced his ruling late Friday morning.

  • Store, stands pull fireworks

    Optic staff and wire

    So long, eruptors. Later days megamax firework packages.

    With mounting local and state pressure against fireworks use due to the extremely dry conditions and catastrophic fires raging around the state, the local Walmart was planning to halt its firework sales. The firework tents outside Hacienda Home Center and Alco have also ceased selling fireworks.

    “It’s the right thing to do for our community,” Walmart manager Damon Garcia told the Optic Thursday morning.

  • Senior Profile - Benerito Gallegos

    What we have today is a 20th-21st-century blending with recognizable traits of various folk, literary and real flesh-and-blood characters. Take a dab each of El Cid, Don Quixote, Juan Diego, Pedro Infante and “Bless Me Ultima’s” Antonio Mares, mix them together and place them in northern New Mexico, and Presto! Our own Benerito Gallegos emerges.

  • Economic development group grilled

    The San Miguel County Commission agreed to give $5,000 to the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation Tuesday, but not before posing some hard questions to its leaders.

    Matt Martinez, chairman of the EDC board, and Lavinia Fenzi, the group’s interim executive director, asked for the county to chip in $10,000 for the fiscal year to help operate the organization. They also asked to use a vacant building the county has off Railroad and Grand Avenue as the EDC office.

  • Fire poised to be largest in NM history

    By P. Solomon Banda and
    Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — With firefighters bracing for another day of strong, erratic winds, a wildfire near the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratory and a northern New Mexico community was poised Thursday to become the largest in state history.

    But fire officials remained confidant the fire will not spread onto the Los Alamos National Laboratory or into the town of Los Alamos.