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  • Weather - August 24, 2012

    Friday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

    Saturday

  • Couple convicted of retaliation against IRS agents

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A federal jury has convicted an Albuquerque man of retaliating against two IRS workers involved in tax collections against him and his wife.

    Sixty-eight-year-old John Williamson faces up to 15 years in prison and fines up to $255,000 on felony charges of retaliation and interference with the agents’ official duties.

  • Jail Log - August 24, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 13 and Aug. 20:

    Heriberto Martinez, 35, 24 day commitment — third DWI
    Gilbert Chavez, 75, six day commitment — suspended/ revoked driver's license
    Jerry Gomez, 38, district court warrant
    Samantha Whittington, 30, magistrate court warrant
    Robert Ruiz, 36, burglary
    Jessie Matta, 30, assault on a household member, criminal damage to property, driving while intoxicated

  • Activists question proposal

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — Nuclear watchdogs are fighting a proposal to ship tons of plutonium to New Mexico, including the cores of nuclear warheads that would be dismantled at an aging and structurally questionable lab atop an earthquake fault zone.

    Opponents voiced their opposition at a series of public hearings that opened this week on the best way to dispose of the radioactive material as the federal government works to reduce the nation’s nuclear arsenal.

  • Romney presents economic message

    By Julie Pace and Matthew Daly
    The Associated Press

    HOBBS — Seeking to reset his economic message, Republican Mitt Romney pledged Thursday to create 3 million jobs and more than $1 trillion in revenue by ramping up offshore oil drilling and giving states more control over energy production on federal land.

    Romney, reviving a long-elusive goal pushed by presidents and presidential candidates for decades, said his plans would make the U.S., along with Canada and Mexico, energy independent by 2020.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - August 24, 2012

    The Associated Press

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  • Noticias - August 24, 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.

  • Que Pasa - August 24, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Music from Angel Fire, Las Vegas concert, 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24 at Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University. Tickets $20 for adults, for patrons 30 and under with a valid I.D. $15 and students with a valid I.D. $10. Tickets are available at Media Arts Building across from Ilfeld, Pendaries Village, Plaza Hotel, and Semilla Natural Foods. For more information, call 575-377-3233 or 888-377-3300.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 24, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! AT IT AGAIN. Once again, Mora Independent School District Superintendent Thomas Garcia has stirred up a hornets nest, this time by taking action against the district’s music teacher Joaquin Maestas-Manuel, by suspending him for six weeks for vague reasons. The action has outraged parents, who consider this a personal vindetta rather than a legitimate problem.
    The real victims here, of course, are the students who are starting out the school year with a substitute teacher overseeing the watching of DVDs and other mindless classroom activities.