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Today's News

  • Top fundraiser in AG race is Balderas

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrat Hector Balderas holds a more than 20-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in the race for attorney general, according to the latest financial reports.

    Balderas has stockpiled more money than any other statewide office candidates, except for Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who has cash-on-hand of $4.2 million in her re-election account.

    Balderas reported a campaign balance of $662,814 as of last week. He collected $47,463 in contributions during the past month.

  • Jail Log - May 16, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 5 and May 8:
    Gary Esquibel, 31, revoked conditions of release, bench warrant, SM District
    Levi Varela, 27, aggravated battery with deadly weapon, tampering with evidence, bench warrant, SM District
    Alfred Waldo, 33, battery on healthcare worker, resisting evading or obstructing an officer
    Eric Hester, 37, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended revoked license, no use of signals
    Anthony Urioste, 43, one-day commitment

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 16, 2014

    Optic Wire and Staff

  • Looking Back - May 16, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, May 14 — City Manager Harry Houck announced today that he had received word that a U.S. Army band from Fort Sill, Okla,., is scheduled to be in Las Vegas June 13 to march in the annual Cowboys’ Reunion Rodeo parade. Houck said that Lt. Col. L.B. Mattingly of Fort Sam Houston had notified him that a 30-piece band would be flown in for the parade, if a large plane was available. If the larger plane was unavailable, a 20-piece band would be flown in.

     

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 16, 2014

    Bike Safety Rodeo

    Twenty-third Annual Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas Bike Safety Rodeo, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the Wilson Complex parking lot. Admission is $5 for a new helmet and $1 if you wear your own helmet. For more information, call John Spencer at 425-3637.
     

  • Weather - May 16, 2014

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 5-15 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 81. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 47.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:55 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 16, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! ARSON SUSPECTED IN SCHOOL FIRE
    The Rio Gallinas School at Socorro and Chavez Streets sustained significant damage last Thursday when a fire erupted in the school’s kitchen. Authorities found evidence at the scene that suggests arson. We hope that the person or persons responsible are caught and made to suffer the consequences of their outrageous actions.

    THUMBS DOWN! OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 16, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Kearny, Manifest Destiny rode into Las Vegas

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    There were 1,150 people living in Las Vegas on Aug. 15, 1846. It was a Saturday morning. Only 11 years earlier, the 36 original settlers had built their adobe houses around a central plaza. They and others who joined them grazed their livestock on the lush meadows and planted their crops along the Rio Gallinas, and many families had already established their home sites and ranchitos away from the plaza.

  • Graduations, health fair keep valley busy

    Spring is here and all of the great activities that go with it are in full swing. It is a happy, exciting time especially at the Mora Schools.

    Last Tuesday, there was the Annual Health and Transitional Fair at the Joseph Montoya Gym. Many people from the community and the school attended the fair. The Mora/Colfax Head Start Program, Mora Valley Community Health Services, Mora Valley Health Council and School Based Health Centers sponsored the event.