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  • Looking Ahead - News June 27, 2011

    San Miguel County Commission meets Tuesday

    The Board of County Commissioners of San Miguel County will hold a regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 28, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the San Miguel County Commission Chambers.

  • Weather - June 27, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming southwest 15-20 mph. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming northeast. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • Billy the Kid image sells for more than $2M

    By Colleen Slevin
    The Associated Press

    DENVER — What is believed to be the only surviving authenticated portrait of Billy the Kid went up for auction in Denver on Saturday and sold for $2.3 million.

    The tintype on Saturday evening went to private collector William Koch at Brian Lebel’s 22nd Annual Old West Show & Auction, where auction spokeswoman Melissa McCracken said the image of the 1800s outlaw was the most expensive piece ever sold at the event.

  • In Brief

    Optic staff and wire reports

    Pacheco fire at 9,300 acres

    SANTA FE — A wildfire burning northeast of Santa Fe has now burned nearly 15 square miles of forest.

    Santa Fe National Forest officials said Sunday that the fire is just 10 percent contained after burning more than 9,300 acres.

  • Mom who fled caught in Tennessee

    A Las Vegas woman who fled the state after physical custody of her two children was granted to their father was captured this week in Tennessee.

    The arrest stems from a bitter custody dispute between Rebecca Montoya, 29, and Tomas Lucero, who is a state police officer. The children are 2 and 8 months.

    Montoya has said repeatedly that she fears for her life and the lives of her children, though Lucero has countered that Montoya has engaged in a “relentless campaign” to get him fired.

  • West’s Parson moving up

    The West Las Vegas school district is shifting three high-profile administrators around for the upcoming school year — promoting a principal and assistant principal and demoting an associate superintendent.

    Longtime West Las Vegas High School principal Gene Parson is leaving the post to become the district’s associate superintendent.

  • Growing up, naturally

    By Makane
    For the Optic

    I grew up running around my mother’s store with my cousin and the store’s orange cat, Jack, causing chaos and disorder wherever we went. That was 18 years ago, when the office space was in the front of the building and two birds lived upstairs. Semilla Natural Foods has always been my second home.

  • Fiestas kick off next Friday

    Las Vegas Optic

    The city’s 4th of July fireworks display may have been canceled because of the extreme drought, but there will still be plenty to do as this year’s fiestas get underway.

    This Saturday, the city recreation department is holding a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for youth. The fee for the tournament is $40 per team.

    The fiestas, Las Vegas’ signature event, kick into high gear at 5:30 p.m. next Friday (July 1) with a Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, followed by the crowning of the Reina at Plaza Park.

  • Gov. warns of dire fire situation

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Just steps from the tinder-dry cottonwood forest that snakes through New Mexico’s largest city, Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday issued a plea to residents and visitors to do their part to ensure human-caused fires don’t consume any more of the state’s landscape.