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  • Weather - Aug. 26, 2011

    Friday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Saturday

  • Correction - News

    Two mistakes were made in the Live Well advertorial article in the Wednesday edition of the Optic. Frank L. Sanchez no longer works at Highlands Family Dental. Its office is now also open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 26, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Aug. 17 and Aug. 24:

    Laura Archuleta, 22, bench warrant positive UA
    Christopher Tafoya, 21, aggravated DWI, striking of unattended vehicle, no insurance
    Theresa Gonzales, 57, felony warrant failure to comply with conditions
    Johnathan Lovato, 43, aggravated battery on a household member, aggravated battery upon a peace officer
    Byron Marshall, 25, bench warrant positive UA

  • Police issue bear safety tips

    Las Vegas police are warning the public that there have been numerous bear sightings in the river walk area in recent days, and they’re asking people to take precautions to keep the hungry animals away from their homes.

    “Due to the heavy forested area along the river walk area, one or more bears have made this area their refuge,” Commander Robert Gutierrez said in a news release.

  • ‘Almas de la Plaza’ alive in Las Vegas

    By Elizabeth deMare
    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas all but reeks of stories. You can hear the whispers of the lives of its forebearers rustling, all but forgotten, among its historic buildings.

    Traveling merchants from far and wide, covered in the dust of the Santa Fe Trail which nurtured them, lurk in the stones of the buildings on Bridge Street.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 26, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Music from Angel Fire, celebrating 28 years, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 at Ilfeld Auditorium on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. For more information call, 575-377-3233.

    • Fundraiser BBQ Brisket Sandwich Sale for Xplosion Softball Traveling Team, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 at the Community 1st Bank, $6 for sandwich, chips and a drink. Pre-orders welcomed and delivery available, call 505-617-0759.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! WHOLE LOT OF SHAKIN’. Colorado experienced its largest earthquake in 38 years just before midnight on Monday, when a magnitude 5.3 quake hit just south of Trinidad and north of the New Mexico line. Residents of northern New Mexico felt it as well — as far south as Springer, we hear.
    Meanwhile, the East Coast, while bracing for a hurricane, was shaken by a magnitude 5.8 earthquake. Not since Barack Obama’s election has D.C. been so shaken up.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Aug. 26, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - Montezuma, the R.R.’s luxury resort

    Having established its new rail town east of the Gallinas in 1879, the AT&SF quickly embarked on the second reason it chose to make Las Vegas its regional headquarters. The railroad intended to develop the hot springs north of town as a premier resort for the rich and famous who were by then anxiously traveling by rail to the alluring west.

    But first, a brief history of the hot springs area before the railroad arrived.

  • HU men’s XC 6th in region

    Running with the big dogs is nothing new for the New Mexico Highlands University cross country program and longtime head coach Bob DeVries.

    With perennial national championship contenders Adams State and Western State in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the competition is always intense and the bar is always set high.

    NMHU’s men ranked fifth among the 12 schools fielding a men’s cross country team according to a preseason coaches’ poll released Wednesday by the league’s Colorado Springs office.