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  • Looking Back - August 15, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Aug. 11 — Tomas Esquibel, a young farmer 26 years of age, was almost instantly killed yesterday at his home near San Geronimo when a horse he was riding fell upon him. The man’s neck was broken and he was unconscious from the time of the accident until death ended his sufferings. Details of the accident are meager. Tomas Esquibel was the adopted son of Jose Felix Esquibel, a member of the board of trustees of the Las Vegas land grant. He is survived by a wife and two small children.

  • Looking Ahead - August 15, 2011

    Back-to-School time

    Summer vacation is just about over for area students. Students attending Mora Independent Schools begin classes on Tuesday, Aug. 16. West Las Vegas students head back to school on Wednesday, Aug. 17. The first day of class for Las Vegas City Schools students is Thursday, Aug. 18.

  • Weather - August 15, 2011

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. North wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 60.


  • FYI - News

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways.

  • Man hurt in botched robbery

    Las Vegas police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the two men who assaulted another man while trying to rob him last month.

    The victim in the case, 27-year old John Esquibel of Las Vegas, sustained severe head trauma and remains hospitalized in critical condition. The assault occurred at Ninth Street and Baca Avenue, near Perkins Stadium.

  • Farmers Market

    By Lee Einer
    For the Optic

    This year’s record drought left  many of the acequias empty of water and reduced the Gallinas and Pecos rivers to a series of shallow puddles in some areas downstream. Still, many area farmers are bucking the odds and putting fresh produce on local tables.

    The Tri-County Farmers Market is in full swing. Salad greens, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes, turnips and much more are being sold, fresh from area farms.

  • County to seek help for Harlan Road

    Residents of the Glenwood Estates subdivision didn’t quite walk away from Tuesday’s San Miguel County Commission meeting with a commitment that the county would take over maintenance of the main road through the development.

    But they did get a promise that the county would work with the city and state Department of Transportation to try to find funding to upgrade the road and put it on the county road log. County Commissioner Arthur Padilla’s motion also asked county staff to do a one-time emergency repair of Harlan Road.

  • County ordinance hailed as model

    San Miguel County’s wind energy ordinance is being hailed by two national groups as a model for other communities.

    The ordinance has been selected for inclusion in the Successful Communities Online Toolkit by the A. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Sonoran Institute, Planning and Zoning supervisor Alex Tafoya told commissioners Tuesday. He also noted that it’s the only wind ordinance to be included in the toolkit.

    “It’s nice to be recognized as having something that’s considered a best practice,” Tafoya said.

  • Looking Back - August 12, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Aug. 11 — Late yesterday evening death ended the brief existence of the baby girl found Wednesday night on the doorstep of Geraldo Flores’ home on the West side. Maria Figueroa, a young woman 25 years of age, has confessed ... that she is the mother of the child. She told the sheriff also that Tomas Flores, son of the man at whose house the baby was discovered, is the father of the infant. The girl was placed under arrest today. She and young Flores probably will be arraigned in a justice court on a charge of murder.

  • Looking Ahead - News August 12, 2011

    People’s Faire is this weekend
    The 33rd consecutive Las Vegas People’s Faire will take place Saturday, Aug. 13, and Sunday, Aug. 14, at Carnegie Library Park. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. In addition to food venders and festivities, this year the fair will host some 50 artists, craftspeople and non-profit groups.