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Today's News

  • Family rescued from snow drift

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Rescuers on Wednesday pulled a Texas family from an SUV that had been buried in a snowdrift on a rural New Mexico highway for nearly two days.

    State police said rescuers had to dig through 4 feet of ice and snow to free the Higgins family, whose red GMC Yukon got stuck on U.S. 56 near Springer when a blizzard moved through the area Monday.

  • 3 N.M. rivers on impaired list


    FARMINGTON — San Juan County’s three main rivers, Lake Farmington and the Navajo Reservoir are now on the list of impaired waters in New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Environment Department recently released an assessment of the surface water in the state to comply with the Clean Water Act.

    The Daily Times reports the environment department tested San Juan County surface water in 2010 to compile the report.

  • Block due in state court

    The Associated Press

    Former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. is heading back to court after being jailed last week and dismissed from a drug treatment program.

    Block is scheduled for a release hearing Thursday in state district court.

    The hearing could determine whether he will be released from jail in Santa Fe pending his sentencing.

    Block faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 23, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Dec. 22 — To steal a man’s property and then borrow his horses and wagon with which to get away with it is an audacious bit of thievery, which demonstrates that the man who stole the materials for S.L. Barker’s Christmas dinner last night is possessed of plenty of nerve. Leaving a quantity of groceries in his wagon at the hitchrack of the Gross Kelly company on Railroad Avenue, Mr. Barker went to the Santa Fe depot last evening to meet train No. 10. When he returned his wagon was gone. 

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 23, 2011

    Safe-Ride-Home Service extending hours

    The county’s Safe-Ride-Home Service will be offering rides from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. from Dec. 26 through Dec. 30. On New Year’s Eve rides will be provided from 6 p.m. to 2:30 am. Rides are given from any liquor establishment to your home. Call 429-0336.

  • Weather - Dec. 23, 2011

    Friday
    A 40 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as -3. East wind 5-10 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. A 10 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8. Wind chill values as low as zero. North wind 5-10 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. North wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 13.

    Sunday

  • FYI - News - Dec. 23, 2011

    The city of Las Vegas Solid Waste Transfer station will close at noon today, Dec. 23, and will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 27, for the Christmas holiday. There will not be a trash pick-up on Saturday or Monday. For more information, call 426-3217.
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    The Optic will be closed from Dec. 24 to Dec. 26 and will reopen on Tuesday.

  • Mariachi Christmas
  • HU professor showing work in Colorado exhibit

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    New Mexico Highlands University media arts professor Megan Jacobs’ photography is featured in the international juried exhibit, Dreams, at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colo.

    Dreams continues through Jan. 7, 2012, and is a diverse collection of photographs that evoke the dream world, from the otherworldly and surreal to everyday moments of daily routine.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 23, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • The city of Las Vegas Solid Waste Transfer station will close at noon on Friday, Dec. 23, and will reopen on Tuesday, Dec. 27, for the Christmas holiday. There will not by a trash pick-up on Saturday or Monday. For more information, call 426-3217.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR
    • The Las Vegas Optic offices will be closed from Dec. 24 to Dec. 26 and reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, Dec. 27.