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Today's News

  • Pacheco Canyon fire

    The Associated Press

    A wildfire that started over the weekend near Santa Fe has grown to 3,800 acres. Fire officials say there’s zero containment on the Pacheco Fire burning 2 miles north of Santa Fe Ski Basin. The fire is burning through mixed conifer and ponderosa pine.

    Smoke from that blaze has been visible from Las Vegas and Pecos.

  • City cancels annual fireworks show

    Extreme fire danger, severe drought, high winds and hot temperatures have convinced Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge that he should cancel the annual Fourth of July fireworks display.

    “We urge all citizens to abide by firework restrictions due to the high fire danger,” the city states in a news release announcing the cancellation. “The use of fireworks is strongly discouraged.”

  • French painting sold in Las Vegas

    By Oshá Bailey
    Las Vegas Optic

    The International Coin Collectors Association came to Las Vegas earlier this month in search of rare and collectible coins. It left with a valuable French painting by an artist who died nearly a century ago.

  • Looking Ahead - News June 22, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, June 20 — The Las Vegas Undertaking Co. this morning disinterred the body of Mrs. Charles Skafte, who has been dead about a year and prepared it for shipments to Illinois, where it will be buried.

  • Looking Ahead - News June 22, 2011

    Fort Union event is this weekend

    Fort Union National Monument is holding its annual “Cultural Encounters” weekend this Saturday and Sunday. The park is waiving all entrance fees. As part of the weekend activities, visitors may take self-guided tours of Fort Union. Park hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. To visit the monument, take Exit 366 off I-25 at Watrous, onto N.M. 161, eight miles. For more information and a complete schedule of events, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025, or visit www.nps.gov/foun.

  • Weather - June 22, 2011

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind around 10 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 54. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming calm.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming west 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 57.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 55.


    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:46 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

  • FYI - News

    The New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in San Miguel County throughout the remainder of June in an effort to prevent alcohol and drug related crashes within the communities. Sobriety Checkpoints also serve as a deterrent against alcohol and drug related crimes and to protect communities from the negative effects they cause, according to state police.

  • Fire, water, fireworks

    The Pacheco Canyon wildfire was the latest blaze to set off alarms. A shift in the winds could have turned it toward the watershed that feeds Santa Fe but, instead, the fire blew through the Santa Fe National Forest and toward the Pecos Wilderness area — bringing it all the closer to San Miguel County.

    Of course, it’s unimaginable that that fire would get anywhere close to Las Vegas, even though on Saturday evening its plume of smoke could be clearly seen covering the sky to the north of town, and by Monday morning you could smell it in the air.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 22, 2011
  • Work of Art: Lawn belched, gave thanks

    Going to the plant south of town, on my first trip for a water haul, I counted 18 vehicles, going for or having gotten, a load of effluent water.

    My grandson and namesake, thrilled over his brand-new learner’s permit, took the wheel, while my wife, Bonnie, and I went along for the ride. Arthur’s father recently purchased a 275-gallon container, which surprisingly took only about a minute to fill. We saw pickups the size of ours, some with trailers, as well as huge tankers.