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Today's News

  • 30-year sentence for murders

    Nearly five years after Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz were shot to death inside their Dora Celeste home, one of the men charged in their murders has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    Michael Vigal, 24, was scheduled to go on trial for the slayings on Monday. Instead, he pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and other charges and was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison. Because the murder charges are classified as serious violent offenses, Vigal will be required to serve 85 percent of the sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

  • Millfest 2012 - 2 area festivals highlight weekend

    Mora County will be booming this weekend with two annual events, Wagon Mound Bean Day and the Cleveland Rollermill Festival.

    Both festivities are open to the public and provide free events including the Bean Day barbecue.

    Bean Day started in 1909 when Higinio Gonzales, along with his crew, cooked beans in wash boilers for what was known as the Mora County Farmers Harvest Jubilee. It’s been drawing people to the village ever since.

  • West Nile Virus found locally

    State officials are urging the public to take steps to avoid mosquito bites after five cases of West Nile Virus were confirmed in New Mexico earlier this month.

    One of those cases was in San Miguel County. State Veterinarian Paul Ettestad said the San Miguel County case was a 67-year-old man who was a blood donor. When his blood was tested it came back positive for West Nile fever. The San Miguel County man had the less severe form, with symptoms of fever and headache. Ettestad said he has since recovered.

  • NM Medicaid to cover methadone

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — New Mexico is expanding its Medicaid program to cover the costs of using methadone to treat people addicted to heroin and painkillers such as oxycodone and morphine.

    A Human Services Department official says the change in policy should help in fighting a drug addiction epidemic. New Mexico has the nation's highest death rate from drug overdoses.

    The Drug Policy Alliance said Monday that New Mexico joins about 30 other states in reimbursing outpatient methadone treatment.

  • Looking Back - August 29, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 29, 2012

    Dove hunting to begin at refuge

    The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge will be open for dove hunting during the month of September. About 740 acres of the refuge will be open to the hunting of mourning doves. Required permits cost $5 and are available at the refuge visitor center from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays. A state hunting license is also required.

  • Weather - August 29, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 51. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 54.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 55.

  • Cowgirl up
  • Que Pasa - August 29, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Henry Hikes to Fitchburg” by D.B. Johnson. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Noticias - August 19, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Las Vegas Total Community Approach Program is available to  help anyone with a drug and alcohol problem get the help and treatment they need. The program provides free drug and alcohol evaluations and help with paying for treatment for anyone who qualifies. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 454-8151.
    • The Children’s Workshop is offering free child development screenings. The schedule an appointment, call 426-1760 or 454-0348.