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Today's News

  • Billy the Kid image sells for more than $2M

    By Colleen Slevin
    The Associated Press

    DENVER — What is believed to be the only surviving authenticated portrait of Billy the Kid went up for auction in Denver on Saturday and sold for $2.3 million.

    The tintype on Saturday evening went to private collector William Koch at Brian Lebel’s 22nd Annual Old West Show & Auction, where auction spokeswoman Melissa McCracken said the image of the 1800s outlaw was the most expensive piece ever sold at the event.

  • In Brief

    Optic staff and wire reports

    Pacheco fire at 9,300 acres

    SANTA FE — A wildfire burning northeast of Santa Fe has now burned nearly 15 square miles of forest.

    Santa Fe National Forest officials said Sunday that the fire is just 10 percent contained after burning more than 9,300 acres.

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  • Que Pasa - June 27, 2011

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR

    • The New Mexico State Police will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints in San Miguel County through the end of June.  The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoints is to prevent alcohol and drug related crashes.  Sobriety Checkpoints also serve as a deterrent against alcohol and drug related crimes, according to state police.

  • Noticias - June 27, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • A survivors fund has been set up for the families of Gene Hern and Frank Romero. The following are the accounts: Children of Gene Hern, Wells Fargo account number 7040660958 and the widow of Frank Romero, Wells Fargo account number 7040660941.

    • The city of Las Vegas employee union has set up memorial funds for Gene Hern and Frank Romero at the State Employees Credit Union. The Hern account number is 3001582700 and the Romero account is 3001582710.

  • Luna Community College programs approved

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Higher Learning Commission has authorized Luna Community College to offer three online degree programs. The associate of applied science degrees are in business administration, general agriculture and in military studies.

  • What means ‘interim’?

    The Las Vegas City Schools board probably made the right move when it gave Sheryl McNellis-Martinez a one-year contract as interim superintendent. The district needs the stability going into the 2011-12 school year, and we’re hopeful that McNellis-Martinez is up to the task.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 27, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Teenagers: Mixed blessing

    I consider myself an authority on teenagers, even if they consider me an old geezer.
    Believe it or not, I was a teenager myself for several years. Now I’m the father of two teenagers, who have teenage friends who visit my house, eat my food and take away my nights of peaceful slumber.