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Today's News

  • County imposing fire restrictions

    Dangerous fire conditions and the dismal outlook for the next few months have led San Miguel County officials to impose Level III fire restrictions throughout the county effective immediately.  

    Volunteer firefighters have been called to at least 16 fires in the county since March, and county officials are worried that the high number this early could be a sign of things to come.

  • City sees no easy fix to water woes

    By Sue Major Holmes
    The Associated Press

    Water restrictions have become a way of life in Las Vegas, whose mayor says his city needs a better supply, more space to store it and replacement of an aging pipeline system it’s been fixing one leak at a time.

    The city of about 14,000 has endured some level of water restrictions for at least eight years since 2000. Last week, city councilors declared an emergency due to one of the driest winters in 60 years.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Thursday, April 13 — The double funeral of Anna and Alzina Loeffel, the young women who were killed in a runaway accident on Monday morning, was held from Wagon Mound’s little Methodist church yesterday afternoon... The bodies of the sisters were placed side by side in a single grave. The Rev. Emory Loeffel, a brother of the unfortunate girls, who is enroute here from Luka, Ill., did not arrive in time for the funeral. For this reason, the grave was left open and men were placed on guard in the cemetery.

  • Looking Ahead

    Interfaith talk on holocaust this Sunday

    Holocust survivors, representatives from local churches and others will take part in a discussion about the holocaust this weekend. The event will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

  • Weather

    Friday
    Mostly sunny. Highs in the 60s. West winds 10-15 mph, shifting to the southwest in the afternoon.Mostly clear at night. Lows in the upper 20s to mid 30s. South winds 10-15 mph.

    Saturday
    Partly cloudy. Breezy and warmer. Highs in the lower to mid 70s. Mostly clear at night. Breezy. Lows in the 30s to mid 40s.

    Sunday
    Partly cloudy. Breezy. Highs in the 70s. Partly cloudy at night. Breezy. Lows in the upper 30s to mid 40s.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the new restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Vegas woman wins $50,000

    Submitted to the Optic

    A second Las Vegas resident has won $50,000 by playing the lottery.

    Barbara Fernandez won the prize playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Triple 777” Scratcher.

    “I’ve been in disbelief until I got here,” Fernandez told officials at the lottery’s Albuquerque headquarters. She and her husband, George, claimed the prize in person on Monday.

  • Coca receives award

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University student Whitley Coca received a Distinction in Academic Writing Award for her essay, which was published in the university’s textbook, Cracking the Codes: A Guide to English Composition.

    Coca, a junior from Cimarron, wrote her Hurricane Katrina essay while taking freshman composition in 2009. A team of English faculty reviewed student essays and selected Coca’s for inclusion in the department’s latest English composition textbook that was published in 2010.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Plague found in two N.M. pets
     
    SANTA FE — State health officials say plague being found in pets in northern New Mexico should be a warning that human cases could follow.

    The state Health Department confirmed plague this week in a dog in Santa Fe County. Lab tests also have confirmed plague cases in another Santa Fe County dog and a cat from Rio Arriba County near Abiquiu.

    They are the first cases of the year.

    No human plague cases have been confirmed.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Court rules against governor

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against Gov. Susana Martinez in a dispute with labor unions over the Public Employee Labor Relations Board.

    The court said the governor does not have authority to remove members from board and ordered the immediate reinstatement of two members who were removed by the governor in March.

    The governor’s office contends the court’s decision carves out an exception to existing law.