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Today's News

  • Free agent frenzy in NFL

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    Matt Hasselbeck is heading to Music City. Santonio Holmes is staying at home in the Meadowlands. Two days after the lockout ended, NFL teams are doing deals at a frantic pace, with some big names — maybe even Donovan McNabb — changing addresses, and others staying put.

    Not going anywhere is Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who signed a one-year extension Wednesday that keeps him with the team through 2012.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports July 29, 2011

    MONDAY
    Softball

    • Las Vegas Adult League men’s games: Chuggers vs. Buzzards, 6:30 p.m., Vegas Boys vs. Blaze, 7:30 p.m., city complex

    • Las Vegas Adult League women’s games: Bases Loaded vs. Lady Warriors, 6 p.m., Vida Encantada vs. Budweiser-Dick’s-Night Owl, 7 p.m., NMHU field

  • Snow cone man charged

    When the snow cone man went a-calling, the policeman started following.

    Now the snow cone man is facing two fourth-degree felonies, and he is no longer able to sell his summertime treats. It’s all over two containers of moonshine and the special $2 snow cones police say he was selling to some of his customers.

    Pedro Lesperance, 55, of the 1300 block of Highway 283-16, has been charged with unlawful sale of alcoholic beverages, possession of alcoholic beverages for sale and a misdemeanor count of having open containers of alcohol while in a motor vehicle.

  • Spanish Market

    Ronald Samuel Garcia, a self-taught santero, will be among a group of artists showcasing their work during this weekend’s 60th Traditional Spanish Market on the Santa Fe Plaza.
    Garcia, a native of El Carmen in Mora County, will feature his New Mexican retablos, relief carvings and “Mora Style bultos,” carvings of religious figures.

  • Highlands gets $100,000 donation

    Submitted to the Optic

    Community 1st Bank Las Vegas gifted $100,000 to the New Mexico Highlands University School of Education to fund scholarships for middle school teachers to complete master’s degrees at the university.
    It is the largest single gift in the bank’s 62-year history.

    The $100,000 gift will fund $10,000 a year in scholarships for New Mexico middle school teachers. Eventually, the goal is for the gift to become an endowment that awards scholarships in perpetuity from the interest earned.

  • City judge pay to be tied to experience

    The person elected municipal judge for the city of Las Vegas in 2014 could end up making less than the current judge.
    The City Council last week adopted an ordinance that changes the way the municipal judge is paid.

    The salary is currently tied to that of San Miguel County magistrate judges. Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo currently makes $80,000 a year.
    Under the new ordinance approved by the council, the person elected in 2014 will be paid between $54,000 and $80,000, depending on judicial experience and the city’s pay plan.

  • Looking Back - July 27, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, July 26 — Khaki and russet were more popular last night than broadcloth and patent leather and the boys who wore them were the idol of the hour... The big event of the evening, of course, was The Optic’s grand military ball in honor of the First Regiment (New Mexico National Guard), which was given in the Duncan opera house. Just to show the soldiers that they appreciated their presence in the city over 1,000 Las Vegas people crowded into the opera house to give them welcome.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 27, 2011

    Mora fiestas this weekend

    The Santiago y Santa Ana Annual Mora Fiestas are being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Mora, beginning with a celebratory Friday evening mass at 6 p.m. at St. Gertrude’s Catholic Church. Open to the public. No charge for parking in the church parking lot. 

  • Weather - July 27, 2011

    Wednesday

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 60. North wind between 5-10 mph.

    Thursday

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the 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.