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  • Looking Ahead - News - May 14, 2014

    Entrepreneurship Forum
    Entrepreneurship Forum, presentations by Flowers with Grace, Tri-County Farmers’ Market, and Martinez and Sons Meat Processing, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at El Fidel Hotel. For more information, call Andrea Gottschalk at 425-6113.

  • Weather - May 14, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. West wind around 5 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunny, with a high near 76. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:57 a.m. to 7:58 p.m.

  • Local church honored for helping kids in need

    Submitted to the Optic

    Calvary Las Vegas will be recognized for its service to children in need around the world on Sunday. For more than five years, Calvary Las Vegas has served as an official collection point for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers millions of gift-filled shoeboxes to children affected by war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty, and persecution in more than 100 countries worldwide. Thousands of shoebox gifts are packed and donated each year by volunteers at Calvary Las Vegas.

  • Man killed had been fired

    State police responding to a call of a suicidal man at the Country Acres mobile home park north of Las Vegas Thursday afternoon fatally shot him after he pointed a rifle at officers while aggressively walking toward them, state police Chief Pete Kassetas said during a Thursday night news conference.

    Kassetas identified the man killed as Arcenio Lujan, 48. Lujan had been fired from his job at the city earlier in the day.  

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  • Evidence of arson found at school fire

    The Rio Gallinas School at Socorro and Chavez Streets sustained significant damage after a fire erupted in the school’s kitchen area on Thursday night.

    Authorities found evidence of arson at the scene, said Las Vegas police Commander Ken Jenkins.

    Police and firefighters were dispatched to the school at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. The building was vacant when they arrived.

    Heavy smoke rose from the building as firefighters worked to get water on the flames. City police, meanwhile, blocked off several streets in the area.

  • Looking Back - May 12, 2014

    In 1912
    Monday, May 11 — National Guard members Sgt. Gilbert Duran and S/Sgt. Gilbert Perea were complimented by Lt. Col . Harry Hardin from the 4th Army Headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, after the recent I.G. Inspection of the local Guard unit. Col. Hardin noted that Perea was the soldier who best answered questions and Duran was complimented for best appearance in the battalion, which is composed of units from Springer, Raton, Tucumcari, Clayton and Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 12, 2014

    Library hosts Story Time
    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “I’m Gonna Like Me” by Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - May 12, 2014

    A chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 51. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected. A 50 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Northeast wind around 10 mph.

    A chance of snow before noon, then a chance of rain and snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Northeast wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

  • Mora native dies in Friday crash

    A 32-year-old Mora County native was one of two people who died in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident in Angel Fire on Sunday.

    Crystal Romero and John A. “Andy” Lebus died near milemarker 27 on N.M. 434 near Black Lake in Colfax County, Undersheriff Steve A. Marquez old the Sangre de Cristo Chronicle.

    According to the Chronicle, Lebus was giving Romero a ride home from Zebs Bar & Restaurant in Angle Fire.

    The newspaper reported that Lebus and Romero were thrown from the motorcycle when it hit a guard rail.