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Today's News

  • Mora Youth Hunter Education Club competes

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora Youth Hunter Education Club competed in the New Mexico championship last weekend.  

    Eight events were contested, marksmanship competition in small-bore, archery, shot gun and muzzleloader, and responsibility competitions in orienteering with map and compass, wildlife identification, safety trail and a written exam on game laws and related information.  

    Even with the exam finished Friday evening, it took from 7 a.m. until nearly 6 p.m. Saturday to complete the courses.  

  • BREAKING: McNellis-Martinez announces principals

    Las Vegas City School interim superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez announced the selection of principals for the 2011-2012 school year.

    The selected principals are:

    Darlene Ulibarri: Administrator at Robertson High School

    Mike Yara: Assistant Administrator at Robertson High School

    Martina Tapia: Administrator at Memorial Middle School

  • Cops: Key drug arrest made

    The Region IV Narcotics Task Force says it has “dismantled a major drug operation” in San Miguel County with an arrest on Friday.

    Daniel P. Crespin, 24, who lives on Eighth Street Extension, was arrested on one count of trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

    A standard not-guilty plea was entered for Crespin in San Miguel County Magistrate Court Monday.

  • Local Briefs

    2 dead following
    I-25 accident

    A crash on Interstate 25 just south of Wagon Mound Sunday night has left two people dead, state police said.

    Allen Smith, 17 of Colorado Springs, Colo., died at the scene. His 19-year-old passenger, Samantha Valdez, of Phoenix, died at a Santa Fe hospital.

  • Calling it a Day

    Wallace “Wally” Sanchez won’t miss the early mornings, or the parades, or the evening football and basketball games that have more often than not monopolized his time for decades.

    What he will miss is working with students, who have taken to calling him “Sanch” over the years.

    After 32 years of nurturing the musical talents of area students, Sanchez has retired from his position as Robertson High School’s music director.

  • City water storage hits critical level

    Continuing severe drought conditions in northern New Mexico have prompted the State Engineer’s Office to ask area acequia users to get off the river so the city can replenish its storage, and the conditions are also forcing the Santa Fe National Forest to go to Stage 2 restrictions beginning this Friday.

    The new rotation schedule for the Gallinas River went into effect on Monday.

  • Man gets 10 years for 2009 shooting

    A Las Vegas man who admitted to shooting a man outside a Grand Avenue bar in 2009 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, District Attorney Richard Flores announced last week.

    Gary Esquibel, 24, will also be on parole for two years.

    He pleaded guilty in October to charges of shooting from a motor vehicle causing great bodily harm, trafficking cocaine, and two counts of tampering with evidence.

    A third evidence tampering charge and a charge of attempted murder were dismissed by prosecutors, according to online court records.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Friday, June 9 — Running at the rate of fifty miles an hour, Santa Fe train No. 3, the crack California Limited, collided with a work engine on the main line near Domingo, N.M., this morning at 10:14 o’clock. Engineer A. W. Green of the crew of the work engine was fatally injured and died before being removed from the scene of the wreck. Engineer George Selover of the crew of the engine drawing the limited, was badly injured... All of the injured trainmen, with the exception of Conductor Clark, are residents of Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead

    Farmers Market open twice a week

    It’s that time of year again. The Tri-County Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. until sellout on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Sixth Street and University.

  • Weather - June 8, 2011

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 85. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 51. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 85. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Clear and breezy at night, with a low around 53.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 87. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 51.