Local News

  • Looking Ahead - News July 1, 2011

    Fourth of July Fiestas under way

    The fiestas are in full swing this weekend. Among the activities: a parade beginning a 9 a.m. Saturday that will start at Paul D. Henry and end at the Alco parking lot; multiple entertainers will perform at Plaza Park Saturday, Sunday and Monday. And don’t forget the Bridge Street Art Market.

  • Weather - July 1, 2011

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 5-15 mph.  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. South wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 5-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 58.


  • FYI - News

    There have been a few changes to the published Fiesta Guide. The chile and salsa cook-off has been cancelled. On Sunday: Reynaldo Maestas will play from 11:15 a.m. to noon; Passión de los Tambores will perform from 1 to 3 p.m.; Mariachi group The Four Amigos will play from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.;. and the Nahalt Shalom Community Klezmer Band will play from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Inmate faces murder charges

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Arizona inmate accused of killing an Oklahoma couple after escaping from prison last summer will appear in federal court after being sentenced on state charges.

    John McCluskey is scheduled to make an initial appearance Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque.

    McCluskey was one of three inmates who authorities say escaped from an Arizona prison last July and went on a crime spree.

  • Road closures for the fiestas

    Submitted to the Optic

    There will be no parking in the Plaza Park area starting from 6 a.m. Friday, July 1 for setup. Total closures will be in effect from Friday, July 1 at 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday, July 4. ADA/Handicap parking will be the only exception as long as a valid permit is displayed. All others will be towed at owners expense.

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  • Carson forests off limits due to fire danger

    The Associated Press

    TAOS — Another New Mexico forest will soon be off limits to the public due to high fire danger.

    The Carson National Forest announced Wednesday that it will impose Stage III restrictions starting Thursday morning. That means the northern New Mexico forest will be closed to all activities, including hiking, biking and horseback riding.

  • Wildfire near lab swells

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

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M.  — A vicious wildfire spread through the mountains above a northern New Mexico town on Tuesday, driving thousands of people from their homes as officials at a government nuclear laboratory tried to dispel concerns about the safety of sensitive materials.

  • Fireworks Flap

    Carol Johnson is afraid. City Fire Chief Phillip Mares is afraid. Same goes for Bruce McAllister and a host of other city residents who see the tinder dry conditions, the city’s dwindling water supply and fireworks as a recipe for disaster.

    “I’m scared, and at this point everybody is,” says Johnson.

    Adds McAllister: “This year, everything is so tinder dry that allowing any kind of fireworks is just coming back and saying, we’re going to burn the town down... My God, how many fires do we have going in the state now?”

  • Mora school principal not rehired

    The principal of Mora Elementary School is out of a job and a school board member says it was because she stood up to the superintendent.

    Anita Roybal was terminated earlier this month, according to board member George A. Trujillo.

    “In my opinion, she was doing an excellent job with the education of our kids, and in my opinion, she got fired because she defended her staff,” Trujillo said.

  • East schools jobs re-advertised

    Las Vegas City Schools recently advertised for several administrative positions.

    They are: director of maintenance and transportation, director of co-curricular activities and director of curriculum and instruction. Just a few weeks prior to the new positions being posted, however, the district had already advertised for similar positions.