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Today's News

  • County settles suit for $160K

    Two former San Miguel County employees who filed a lawsuit against the county after they were fired were paid a combined $160,000 to settle their claims.

    Novella C. Montoya and Diane L. Ortiz reached the settlement with the county in November. The settlement agreement was released to the Optic in response to a request under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act.

    Since the lawsuit was filed, Wendy Armijo, the head of San Miguel County’s DWI program, has been reassigned.

  • On angel wings . . . Pastor Randy Campbell to retire

    At the end of the month, the Rev. Randy Campbell will retire as pastor of First United Presbyterian Church in Las Vegas, a position he’s held for seven years.

    His impact on not only his congregation but also the community is visible.

    “It is a whole new adventure,” Campbell said when asked what he plans to do upon his retirement. “I have never retired before.”

  • Seventh DWI for Pecos man

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 44-year-old Pecos man was arrested on his seventh DWI late Sunday night after a state police officer witnessed him driving on the wrong side of the road at an extremely slow speed.

    Anthony M. Clark was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center Monday, and online court records showed that he remained behind bars on Thursday.

    The DWI charge is a third-degree felony. He was also cited for not wearing his seat belt, driving too slowly and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.

  • Forecast for spring runoff not good

    The Associated Press

    Winter isn’t over but a new preliminary forecast says runoff from mountain snows spells trouble for New Mexico, which has been beset by years of drought.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the National Water and Climate Center’s preliminary forecast is based largely on snowfall so far in the mountains of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

    Runoff from that snow flows into the Rio Grande Valley during the spring and summer.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 9

    In 1965

    Thursday, Jan. 7 — Demolition of the historic Duncan Opera House at Sixth and Douglas has started. Tearing down the building are workmen of Bill Hanna, a contractor. Part of the material in the building such as the paneling, columns, rock, etc., has been sold for use elsewhere. A number of men were working on the roof of the building today, looking very tiny on the high roof of the large building.

  • Looking ahead - News - Jan. 9, 2015

    Senior Olympic Day at the Rec Center

    Senior Olympic Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 10 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gym.
    The day is an opportunity to find out what Senior Olympics is about.

  • Weather - Jan. 9, 2015

    Friday
    A 20 percent chance of snow. Areas of freezing fog before 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 32. South wind 10-15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 19. South wind around 10 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26.

    Monday
    Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:11 a.m. to 5:05 p.m.

  • Prominent lawyer denies sex claims

    By Curt Anderson
    AP Legal Affairs Writer

    MIAMI — Prominent American lawyer Alan Dershowitz has filed a detailed denial of a woman’s claims he had sexual contact with her when she was underage in a case also involving Britain’s Prince Andrew — and now her two attorneys have sued him for alleged defamation.

  • New GOP leader, Obama lining up fights

    By Connie Cass
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Not wasting any time, new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Barack Obama are setting course for showdowns over health care, a big oil pipeline, immigration policy and financing of the agency that tries to protect the U.S. from terrorists.

    At the same time, both insist they are eager for compromise — if only the other side would give in.

  • BLM postpones oil and gas lease sale

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The Bureau of Land Management has postponed an oil and gas lease sale for more than 4 square miles in northwestern New Mexico, saying more time is needed to review public comments that have raised concerns about environmental justice and other issues.