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Today's News

  • Hearing set for PNM rate hike request

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico regulators have a tough decision to make, and no matter what they decide, not everyone is going to be happy.

    The Public Regulation Commission has to decide whether to approve a proposal by Public Service Company of New Mexico that would mean higher rates for its 500,000 residential and business customers.

    The utility is scheduled to present its case during a public hearing that starts Monday in Santa Fe.

  • Fire now at more than 95 miles

    The Associated Press

    SILVER CITY — Evacuations were lifted Wednesday for the tiny southwest New Mexico community of Gila Hot Springs, although a fire burning for nearly two weeks in and near the rugged Gila Wilderness has grown to more than 95 square miles.

    The human-caused blaze, which broke out April 28, moved past the Gila Cliff Dwellings without damaging the ancient American Indian ruins, fire information officer Eric Neitzel said.

  • Wildfires prompt smoke advisory

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico officials have issued a smoke advisory for areas of the state affected by smoke from multiple wildfires in New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico.

    The state Environment and Health departments say that based on the current extreme drought conditions, it's possible smoke in the region could persist until the monsoon season.

    The state Air Quality Bureau has monitoring equipment at numerous locations to gather information about air quality conditions.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Tuesday, May 16 — The territorial grand jury this morning brought the first true bill drawn by that body since it was empanelled yesterday afternoon. The bill accuses Luis Hermosillo of burglary with intent to commit a felony. Several weeks ago Hermosillo went to the home of J.M. Martinez on Railroad Avenue. He asked for something to eat, which was given him by Mrs. Martinez. Later Mrs. Martinez discovered Hermosillo in the house, the man having entered through a window.

  • Looking Ahead

    Bird celebration this Sunday

    An International Migratory Bird Day celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. Seating is limited to 40. All seats will be available on a first come first serve basis. For more information call Linda Kelly at 454-9452 or Jan Arrott at 454-6115.

  • Weather - May 13, 2011

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 67. North wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear on Friday night, with a low around 43. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming calm.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Sunday

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 13, 2011
  • Correction - News

    A story in Wednesday’s Optic on the Jay Quintana case misidentified Quintana’s defense attorney. He is represented by Thomas M. Clark, and the motion’s filed on behalf of Quintana were filed by Clark. 

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! ADDED SECURITY. The city of Las Vegas is closing a deal with Game and Fish to buy water to help get it through the current drought. The city’s getting about 125 acre feet of water for about $25,000 — adding 11 days to the 72 days worth of storage the city already has.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Jewish merchants

    When introducing the most recent articles in this column, we noted that between annexation in 1846 and the arrival of the railroad in 1879, there were three transformative developments in Las Vegas. We have related two of them, the Americanization of the Old Town Plaza and the emergence of the Romero dynasty.