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  • Most of state still in severe drought

    The Associated Press

    Despite the start of monsoon season, most of New Mexico is under severe drought, thanks to high temperatures last month and below average rainfall.

    Data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor showed that 72 percent of New Mexico is experiencing severe drought conditions. Nearly 100 percent of the state is “abnormally dry” or worse.

    The drought conditions are returning a year after the state received a good amount of rainfall.

  • Active shooter training on Highlands campus
  • Jail Log

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 26 and Aug 2:

    Daniel Sullivan, age unavailable, seven-day commitment, Las Vegas Municipal Court

    Scott Sena, age unavailable, battery on a household member, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer, San Miguel Magistrate Court

    Gabriel Quintana, 35, 28-day commitment, San Miguel Magistrate Court

    Anyssa Lucero, 24, conditions of release previously imposed,  reviewed or revoked, District Court

  • New Mexico Briefs

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    Tax-free holiday under way

    Anyone interested in saving a few bucks should hit the stores.

    New Mexico is having its tax-free holiday on this weekend, which means you can purchase clothing, school supplies and even computers tax-free all weekend long.

    There are some restrictions:

    Items exempt from sales tax for the weekend include:

    • Clothing and footwear $100 and under

    • School supplies such as pens, paper and other classroom necessities $30 and under.

  • GOP frustrations with Trump mount

    By Steve Peoples
    and Jonathan Lemire
    The Associated Press

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Their party in crisis, Republicans’ frustration with Donald Trump reached new heights this week as party leaders on Capitol Hill and inside New York’s Trump Tower scrambled to persuade their presidential nominee to abandon divisive tactics that have triggered sinking poll numbers and low morale.

    Party chairman Reince Priebus appealed to the New York billionaire’s adult children to help amid new signs of a campaign in trouble.

  • Oh what a sight!
  • ‘Outsider’ picked for West board

    A man with no friends or relatives in the West Las Vegas School District has been appointed to the district’s board.

    Late last week, state Education Secretary Hanna Skandera appointed Robert “Bob” Witters to the board. He is filling the vacancy created by the resignation of board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez in April.

    “I was surprised,” Witters said in a telephone interview Monday afternoon.
    Witters will take his oath of office during a special board meeting Thursday evening.

  • County fair to charge entrance fee

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    For the first time in the history of the San Miguel/Mora County Fair, an entrance fee will be charged, but only on the last day.

    Visitors to the 43rd annual fair will get in free on Aug. 10, 11 and 12, but will be asked to pay $5 per person on Aug. 13.

    “We’re a nonprofit,” said Ted Roybal, president of the fair’s board of directors. “We have a very limited budget where we get money from to continue to put on a good fair.”

  • Vaccines available at little to no cost

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico is partnering with healthcare providers to make vaccines available to children at little to no cost.

    Gov. Susana Martinez says the “Got Shots? Protect Tots!” program runs through Aug. 13 as the start of the school year approaches.

    It’ll make vaccines free at all state Public Health Clinics, and discount them at dozens of health providers across the state. In some cases, they’ll be open on Saturdays, during lunch hour and after 5 p.m.

  • In Brief - Aug. 3, 2016

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff


    Robbery suspect arrested

    Las Vegas police have arrested a man on suspicion of robbing the local McDonald’s on Monday night.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said no one was hurt in the robbery, and Las Vegas police were able to apprehend the suspect quickly. Montaño said the suspect was in a stolen vehicle. He also had an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant.