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Today's News

  • Wreck leads to man’s third DWI

    A Las Vegas-area man was arrested for his third DWI and careless driving after he wrecked his Ford pickup off the frontage road near the San Miguel County Detention Center on Wednesday, state police said.

    Steven G. Montoya, 41, who lives on County Road B27, left his truck and fled after the wreck, according to a statement of probable cause filed in the case. State police caught up with him when he showed up at Alta Vista hospital for treatment.

  • 1 in 5 New Mexicans needs help to buy food

    The Associated Press

    One in five New Mexicans now receives government help to buy food.

    The number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, soared as the nation’s economy began sinking a couple of years ago, with more than 400,000 New Mexico residents now receiving the benefits, the Albuquerque Journal reported in a copyright story this week.

    SNAP benefits, once known as food stamps, are a safety net for people who have fallen on tough times.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Monday April 24 — Word reached here this afternoon from Gascon, Mora County, of the fatal shooting there late Saturday night of Juan Solano by Luis Martinez. According to the meager particulars available, Solano who was prowling about the Martinez home, peeped through a window. He was observed by Martinez, who, believing it was a burglar, grabbed a shotgun and went into the yard. He called upon Solano for an explanation and when the latter failed to give an account of his actions, is said to have shot him.

  • Looking Ahead

    Composer to perform Friday

    United World College-USA presents Tristan Perich, performing his electronic magnum opus, 1-Bit Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Kluge Auditorium. Perich’s Symphony is an electronic composition in five movements, programmed onto a single microchip. The concert is free and open to the public.

  • Weather

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42. Breezy, with a south wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 42.

  • FYI - News

    The New Mexico State Forestry Division is offering grants up to $6,000 as part of the state's centennial tree planting project. Schools as well as local, state and tribal entities are eligible for the grants, according to The Associated Press. The money must be used for planting trees on public lands. The grants require a 20 percent in-kind match. Applications must be turned in by Aug. 24.

  • Protesting Corporations
  • State agencies must provide electronic records

    By Sue Major Holmes
    The Associated Press

    A new law will require New Mexico government agencies to provide public records electronically if the records exist in digital form.

    The measure, which passed both the House and Senate unanimously, goes into effect July 1. Gov. Susana Martinez signed it into law earlier this month.

    The bill’s sponsors said they and their constituents had problems in the past with some agencies or departments not wanting to send records in an email or download them to a CD.

  • Little Miss seeking donations

    Submitted to the Optic

    Samantha Romero, the reigning Little Miss Las Vegas, is coordinating a team for the upcoming Relay for Life Cancer Event that will be held on June 10 and June 11 at the West Las Vegas Track Field.  

    The donations that are collected will be use for cancer research. This dreaded disease has impacted each and everyone one of us in one way or another.  

    As the team captain, it is her desire is to promote cancer awareness to the youth as well as adults.  

  • Que Pasa - April 20, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 20 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public. This week’s theme is “Celebrating Easter,” the book is “Pooh’s Easter Egg Hunt” by Isabel Gaines and the craft is decorating paper Easter eggs.

    THURSDAY JUEVES
    • Fort Union National Monument, National Park Service announces its monthly