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  • Looking Back - July 13, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, July 12 — Only 26 days stood between Pedro Robertte, a convict employed with the road gang at Tecolote, and complete liberty. He went about his work joyously, in the belief that soon he would be privileged to lay aside the garb of the felon and return once more to the walks trodden by free men. But such was not to be...  Robertte was stricken dead by a bolt of lightning and his suddenly-granted liberty was the liberation of his soul from his body.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 13, 2011

    Friendship Caravan to make Vegas stop

    The 22nd Friendship Caravan to Cuba will visit Las Vegas from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, at Tapetes de Lana on the Plaza. For more information, call 454-6771.

  • Weather - July 13, 2011

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southwest wind 5-15 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 60.


  • FYI - News

    A public forum to address the vandalism at the Jewish and Masonic cemeteries will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 17, 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 a discussion on furthering the well-being and unity of our city.

  • Pediatric clinic under new hospital ownership

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital recently acquired the Las Vegas Clinic for Children and Youth, now named the Alta Vista Clinic for Children and Youth, the largest pediatric group in Northeastern New Mexico.

    Medical providers Nancy Wright, M.D., Robin Edward, M.D., and Jeff Webb, PA-C, are now affiliated with Alta Vista Regional Hospital. In addition, AVRH has welcomed Jennifer Chittum, M.D., to the practice.  

  • Gov. pledges water help

    Gov. Susana Martinez and a host of other federal, state and local officials were on hand Thursday afternoon for a ceremonial groundbreaking and signing of two projects that will help the city with its dire water situation.

    “You have the commitment of the governor’s office to fight hard to make sure you have the water that is necessary to live comfortably in your homes and in your businesses,” Martinez told more than 100 people gathered at Plaza Park for the event.

  • City Schools hierarchy revealed

    The administration of the Las Vegas City Schools district is starting to come together, and it appears that longtime administrator LeeEtte Quintana will no longer have a role in the district.

    On Saturday night, interim superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez announced several key positions on her administrative team.

    She said the positions were offered and the applicants accepted their new positions. Lydia Flores will keep her current title as director of bilingual and federal programs — a position she has held for the past few years.

  • Gross Anatomy

    By Oshá Bailey
    Las Vegas Optic

    Who says learning can’t be fun? Several Robertson High students have been spending their summer dissecting animals and building a model roller coaster.

    Robertson High School  funded two programs, one for math and engineering, and the other for science. Donna Ortiz and Martha Peña are teaching the classes.

    Under the supervision of Peña, an RHS math teacher, 18 students constructed four different projects, including designing and building their own scale model roller coaster

  • Veteran's Clinic Ribbon Cutting
  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Las Conchas fire has burned 146,000 acres

    The Las Conchas fire burning in the Santa Fe National Forest has burned 146,353 acres and is 45 percent contained, fire officials announced Sunday.

    The fire has destroyed 63 homes and 44 outbuildings.

    The human-caused blaze started on June 26.

    Wallow fire now fully contained

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. — The biggest wildfire in Arizona history is now fully contained.