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Today's News

  • Crime spree lands man in jail

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    The high price of gas seems to be driving some people to extremes these days.  

    Take the case of 29-year-old Michael Maestas of Las Vegas whose week-long crime spree included the alleged mugging of a man at a local fast food restaurant for his sneakers and cell phone, the theft of a big screen TV from a neighbor’s house and a police chase while driving a stolen pickup truck.  

    And it was all apparently to fuel up an old, gas guzzling pickup truck that Maestas drove.

  • Probate judge resigns post

    Probate Judge Joe Horace Lucero has submitted his resignation to San Miguel County effective Thursday, and the Commission has already launched a search for his replacement.

    Lucero submitted his letter of resignation to County Manager Les Montoya, and Montoya informed the County Commission last week.

    “It’s time for me to move on,” Lucero said, adding that he has a second home in Albuquerque and is planning to buy more property there.

  • Spring Time
  • East board gets new president

    Gloria Lovato Pacheco was unanimously elected Thursday as the president of the Las Vegas City Schools Board.

    Thursday’s meeting was the first one with the newly constituted board after last month’s election. Returning board members welcomed Luis Ortiz to the board.

    Board member Felix Alderete had previously served as board president for nearly two years and opted to step down from the leadership post.

  • $1M pilot aims to take out feral pigs

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Using the cover of darkness, feral pigs have learned to outsmart even the most seasoned hunters as they set about on their nightly terrors, rooting up crops and suburban gardens, harassing native wildlife and turning watering holes into pigsties.

  • Bomb threat forces evacuations in Mora

    Students at the Mora Independent School District were ushered out of their classrooms and evacuated from their school buildings shortly before 9 a.m. on Tuesday because of a bomb threat.

    Details about the bomb threat were sketchy as calls to the district’s administration office went directly to voicemail.

    But the district did send out a global email to parents saying, “Bomb threat against school being taken seriously. For safety reasons, all students including Holman evacuated to St. Gertrudes Church.”

  • Looking Back - March 20, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, March 22 — About 30 members of the “D” Battery National Guard have planned to hike 50 miles, beginning early Sunday morning. The men represent each of the three platoons of the battery. They will meet at Camp Luna at 9 p.m. Saturday and move to the departure point at 1 a.m. Sunday. The hike will begin three miles beyond Wagon Mound and the guardsmen plan to complete their hike back to Las Vegas by 6 p.m. Sunday.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 20, 2013

    Eleven-sees at the museum
    Mariano Ulibarri will be discussing art, technology, Hacker Scouts, the Parachute Factory and the revival of tintypes at 11 a.m. Saturday at the city of Las Vegas Museum. After the lecture a drawing will be held for one of five tintype sessions that will be given away by the Friends of the Museum. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - March 20, 2013

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph.

    Thursday
    A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Breezy.

    Friday

  • Artist John Noltner to speak at World College

    Submitted to the Optic

    Award-winning photographer, author, and peace advocate John Noltner will speak from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at United World College-USA in the Kluge Auditorium.

    Noltner will share stories about peace activists and will facilitate conversation about how individuals can work for peace in their communities

    His talk will include a presentation of his project, a book reading, and a question-and-answer dialogue followed by a signing for his book,  A Peace of My Mind: Exploring the Meaning of Peace One Story at a Time.