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  • Prayers for Rain
  • Vacant building law to get rewrite

    City staff and the community planner helping them retool the city’s vacant building ordinance conceded Thursday that they’ll need to go back to the drawing board to come up with a more workable law.

    “The ordinance will look very different than what you see tonight, which is based on the current ordinance,” said community planner Charlie Deans, with the firm Community by Design. “It’s a major rewrite.”

  • Woman warns of possible scam

    An area woman is warning Las Vegas resident to beware of a possible scam she almost fell victim to.

    Maria Gonzales said she received a call on her cell phone last week from someone informing her she won $400,000 and a 2012 Tahoe. The catch: they wanted her to wire $898 to a person she didn’t know so that she could collect the money.

    Gonzales, who contacted the Optic Thursday afternoon, said she told the man on the phone that she was poor and didn’t have the money. He suggested she borrow it.

  • No one-size-fits-all approach to wooing Hispanic voters

     By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — In New Mexico, Tomasita Maestas says she will pick the presidential candidate who has the best plan to fix education and the economy.

    In Arizona, Mexican immigrant Carlos Gomez backs Republican Mitt Romney because he’s more conservative on social issues than his Democratic opponent.

  • Looking Back - News - July 2, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, July 5 — Interference by police saves Jim Flynn humiliation of knockout by Jack Johnson. Capt. Fanoff stopped the heavyweight battle on account of many fouls the champion landed on opponent at will. It shows the champion is still the master of the fighting game.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 2, 2012

    Calling all veterans

    The city of Las Vegas has chosen veterans as the 2012 4th of July Parade grand marshals. The parade starts at 10 a.m. this Wednesday at Second Street and Mills Avenue and ends at Plaza Park. A special veterans program will follow at the park. For more information, call 505-718-9856 or email nnmveterans@gmail.com

  • Weather - July 2, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind 5-15 mph.  

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.  

  • Quintana pleads guilty

    The former Robertson High School teacher accused of carrying on a years’ long sexual relationship with a student has pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor by school personnel.

    Under the terms of the plea agreement, Jay Quintana, 51, will walk away with no jail time and might even avoid a criminal record and having to register as a sex offender.

  • $4.8 million more needed for building

    Officials at New Mexico Highlands University have been scrambling to come up with the extra $4.86 million they’ll need to complete the problem-plagued student center building.

    And at least one regent is pushing for a grand jury investigation of the general contractor who he contends placed the university in its current predicament. An attorney representing Makwa denied any wrongdoing on the company’s part.

  • Senior Profile: Cipriano Aguilar Jr.

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    When Cipriano Aguilar Jr. came into the world, on July 10, 1935, it was four years before the Great Depression hit. As the saying goes, New Mexico never felt the effects of the Great Depression: It was already depressed.