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  • Montoya hopeful she’ll get kids back

    The last time Rebecca Montoya saw her two children she made them a promise and nursed them both to sleep.

    Montoya had been taken into custody at Memphis International Airport for fleeing with her two children after a judge granted physical custody to their father.

    “I sang to them and told them everything was going to be OK,” an emotional Montoya told the Optic during a jail house interview on Wednesday — 22 days after being taken into custody. That’s the last time Montoya saw her daughters, Mary, 2, and Grace 9 months.

  • Mariachi Magic
  • The Kid returns to Meadow City

    By Raven Romero
    For the Optic

    Las Vegas is stepping back to a time when outlaws roamed the streets and gun-clad cowboys were the only hope for safety. Instead of bars, there were saloons and instead of cars, horse-drawn buggies crowded the streets with the townsfolk in their frock coats and boots.    

    Las Vegas is hosting the kickoff next Saturday of a unique statewide tourism event called “Catch the Kid,” centered on Billy the Kid and his exploits, with a Wild West theme sure to entertain people from all over New Mexico.

  • Reward offered in cemetery vandalism

    Authorities are asking for the public’s help in their investigation into the recent vandalism of headstones in Las Vegas’ Masonic and Montefiore cemeteries.

    The Las Vegas Police Department issued a news release late Wednesday stating that Crimestoppers is offering a reward for any information regarding the damage. Anyone with information is asked to call the Las Vegas-San Miguel Crimestoppers at 425-8884 or investigator Pam Sandoval at the Las Vegas Police Department. The release states that callers will remain anonymous.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 15, 2011

    In 1911

    Monday, July 17 — The Christian church broke ground today for the erection of a large tabernacle to be located on lots owned by it at the corner of Eighth Street and Maine Avenue. The building will be in the nature of a temporary structure and is being erected primarily for use during an evangelistic meeting that is to be held by this congregation following the union meeting now in progress at the Baptist church. 

  • Looking Ahead - News July 15, 2011

    Forum on cemetery vandalism is Sunday

    A public forum to address the vandalism that occurred in the Jewish and Masonic cemeteries will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave.  The forum will include a report from city police, time to hear from and respond to families affected and an opportunity to discuss ideas for furthering the well-being and unity of our city.

  • Weather - July 15, 2011

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 58. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 60.


  • 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.

  • A Hero’s Welcome

    By Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — The soldier in uniform extended his prosthetic hand after losing his own in battle. And the commander in chief reached out to clasp it.

    It was a sobering moment toward the end of a moving ceremony at the White House Tuesday, as President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest military honor to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry for his brave actions to protect his comrades in the firefight that cost him his right hand.

  • Fire could have been averted

    From the Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state’s largest wildfire might have been averted if the caretaker of a private ranch had been around the day a dead tree was blown onto a power line, igniting the blaze that went on to threaten the nation’s premier nuclear facility and thousands of homes.