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  • Regional water symposium being held Tuesday

    A water symposium for northeastern New Mexico has been scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Luna Community College in Las Vegas.

    The day will include speakers and discussions focusing on the region’s water plans.

    Jointly sponsored by Community 1st Bank of Las Vegas, Luna Community College and the State Engineer, the event will be held in the Allied Health Lecture Hall on the Luna campus.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 29, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Oct. 29 — Janelle Wootton, senior, and Richard Lindeborg, junior, of Robertson High School achieved a straight-A average for the first six weeks of school, principal Trammel Ford said today. Forty-four other seniors qualified for the honor roll at the school.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 29, 2012

    Haunted Hay Rides available Wednesday
    The 10th annual Tecolote Haunted Hay Ride will be held at dusk this Wednesday at the Tecolote Fire Department. Hay rides are $3 each.

  • Weather - Oct. 29, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind 5-10 mph. Monday night, mostly clear with a low around 39. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

    Sunny with a high near 67. North wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Tuesday night, mostly clear, with a low around 39.

    Sunny with a high near 67. Wednesday night, mostly clear, with a low around 39.

    Sunny with a high near 69. Thursday night, mostly clear with a low around 39.

  • Championship win for duo

    For team ropers Chris Francis and John Paul Lucero, it all came down to .47 of a second.

    That amount of time is what led the area natives to capture the 2012 Cinch United States Team Roping Championship this past weekend in Oklahoma City.

    By winning the championship the duo walked away with $102,000.

    Francis, who is getting married in two weeks, will be able to start married life on solid financial footing. Lucero plans to use part of his share of the winnings to buy his two sons horses and continue the family tradition.

  • Senior profile - John and Della Gonzales

    By Lupita Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A visit to the home of Della and John Gonzales reveals an ordered admixture of creative activity in many venues.

    It’s their home, primarily, but at every turn, it’s an unending adventure in items that deceive the eye. At the entrance, one initially experiences a relatively standard, albeit eloquently unique exterior. A carport neatly frames the free-hand depiction that this is the Gonzales home, but a few steps away the foray into the unexpected begins.

  • Three area legislative seats in play

    Each of the three contested legislative races in San Miguel and Mora counties involves a longtime democratic lawmaker trying to stave off a Republican challenger.

    Election Day is Nov. 6, although early voting is already under way.
    In Senate District 39, Republican banker and rancher Aubrey Dunn, who resides in Mayhill, is challenging Phil Griego, D-San Jose.

    Griego, the CEO of American Surety Title Company, has served in the Legislature for 16 years.

  • Man turns self in for driving drunk

    It’s not often that someone who has gotten behind the wheel after consuming too many alcoholic beverages pulls over at a police station and turns himself in.

    But that’s exactly what Las Vegas police say happened Tuesday afternoon.

    A probable cause statement filed in the case states that Willie Sedillo, 47, of the 2400 block of Sagebrush, drove to the police station near the Plaza, walked in and told a dispatcher that he was intoxicated.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 26, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 16 and Oct. 22:
    Brandy Sanchez, 18, Adult Probation Office warrant - positive for alcohol, traveled without permit, failure to report change of address, original charge: possession of controlled substance
    Katalina Leyba, 23, bench warrant arrest
    Joseph Montaño, 37, purchase or use of license while under suspension or revocation, no registration, receiving stolen property
    Dion Maes, 44, bench warrant

  • Looking Back - Oct. 26, 2012

    In 1962

    Thursday, Oct. 25 — Elmer Kaemper, manager of the Public Service Co., here, briefed members of the City and Town Council on the plans of the Public Service Company in the Las Vegas area and reviewed the company’s history here at a noon luncheon meeting at the Flamingo. Kaemper reviewed the development of the company’s well field in the Las Vegas area in 1956 and 1957 with four wells drilled in the Taylor field. These wells enabled the company to maintain its supply of water to Las Vegas during the drought years.