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  • Weather - Aug. 19, 2011

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 5-10 mph. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Low around 57.  


  • Correction - News

    The Optic erred in an Aug. 8 photo caption about two members of the state championship West Las Vegas baseball team. The champions were on the 1978 team.

  • Local Briefs - Aug. 19, 2011

    Optic staff

    Council upholds revocation

    The man charged with selling moonshine out of his snow cone van won’t be making his neighborhood rounds anytime soon.

    The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to uphold the city manager’s decision to revoke Pedro “Pete” Lesperance’s city business license.

  • Woman facing DWI charge

    A 39-year-old woman from Black Lake, N.M., was arrested Monday on a drunken driving charge after she wrecked into a parked Mora County sheriff’s vehicle.

    Court documents state that it is Betina Martinez’s third DWI. She was also cited for not carrying her driver’s license. State police arrested and booked her into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Monday. Mora Magistrate John Sanchez set her bond at $2,000 cash.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 19, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Aug. 8 and Aug. 17:

  • Prosecutors re-file cockfighting charges

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Prosecutors are renewing their pursuit of cockfighting charges against a La Cienega man.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the case against Raul Trinidad-Enriquez, 27, moved from county magistrate court to state district court on Wednesday when prosecutors refiled the charges.

    Magistrate Judge Sandra Miera had dismissed the case in July when Deputy District Attorney JoHanna Cox didn’t appear at a hearing. The case includes 12 petty misdemeanor charges.

  • Offers pour in for man who saved girl

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A man whose gutsy and quick action saved a family from its worst nightmare is winning praise and offers of help from people across the country.

    Antonio Diaz Chacon, 24, used his truck to chase a man after he allegedly snatched a 6-year-old girl and fled with her in his van, rescuing the child when the vehicle crashed.

  • BREAKING: Block discloses addiction to medications

    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. says he's fighting an addiction to prescription drugs but plans to remain in the regulatory job despite calls for his resignation over allegations of misuse of taxpayer money.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Block disclosed the addiction after a Tuesday meeting of the Public Regulation Commission.

    Block said he is getting treatment but "it's a daily battle." He declined to provide other details of his addiction.

  • Bears wreak havoc in area

    By Ruth Fort and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Buena Vista resident Resa Sawyer had already lost six goats to a bear, so on Sunday evening when the bear returned and tried to get another goat, she was ready.

    She shot at it. When that didn’t work she ran out and yelled at him.

    The bear backed away, jumped over a fence and turned his attention to meat left in a state Game and Fish Department trap, sealing his fate.

  • A Dream Come True

    SANTA FE — Mary Alice Gonzales’ dream came true on Monday afternoon.
    Sixty-five years after she had hoped to graduate from high school, the 86-year-old received an honorary Robertson High School diploma from the Las Vegas City Schools district, realizing a lifelong dream.

    Gonzales, formerly Mary Alice Trujillo, was planning to graduate in 1946.