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  • Weather - Aug. 5, 2013

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.


  • FYI - Aug. 5, 2013

    The New Mexico Lottery has sold a winning Hot Lotto ticket for Saturday’s jackpot of $7.3 million, the state lottery communication’s office announced. It is the only winning ticket nationwide. The winning numbers are 2, 4, 29, 38, 41 and a Hot Ball of 7. This is the sixth jackpot-winning ticket sold in New Mexico. 

  • Mora sheriff takes the Fifth

    Embattled Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza has invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination in a lawsuit filed against him in state district court by two employees he fired.

    Garza — who is awaiting criminal trial on charges of tampering with public records and criminal solicitation — invoked his Fifth Amendment rights in responding to two requests for information from one of the plaintiffs. Garza has pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges.

  • Replenishing Storrie Lake - July one of wettest in decades

    If there’s any doubt in your mind that this has been one of the wettest Julys on record in Las Vegas, take a look at these figures.

    According to Brian Guyer, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, we received 4.39 inches of rain at the airport in July.

    “That’s a little over an inch above normal, which is great for this area because we’ve been below normal for such a long period,” Guyer said.

    The average precipitation during the month of July from 1981 to 2010 is 3.07 inches, he said.

  • Heritage Week kicks off today

    Get ready for a week-long party that celebrates the unique history of Las Vegas and the surrounding communities.

    Heritage Week kicks off today with Al Fresco in Plaza Park where Los Tropicales will perform. The Citizens Committee For Historic Preservation’s annual Places with a Past Historic Home and Building Tour is set for Saturday. A Glorieta Battlefield Bus Tour will take place on Sunday, and on Tuesday there will be the Blessing of the Waters. Various other events, including the San Miguel/Mora County Fair are scheduled for next weekend.

  • Program will aid Alta Vista patients

    Submitted to the Optic

    A new cutting-edge telemedicine program at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is offering neurological and neurosurgical specialists to rural and small hospitals across New Mexico.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 2, 2013

    Optic Staff and Wire

  • Jail Log - Aug. 2, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 23 and July 31:
    Michael Roybal, 56, hold for court
    Sarah Montaño, 22, disorderly conduct
    Leroy Encinias, 57, failure to appear, Behavioral Health Institute
    Marisa Archuleta, 21, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
    Angelo Roybal, 20, criminal solicitation, distribution of a controlled substance - marijuana
    Vincent Sandoval, 22, battery on household member, interference with communications, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

  • Looking Back - Aug. 2, 2013

    In 1963

    Thursday, Aug. 1 — All Las Vegans interested in bringing airline service to Las Vegas are invited to attend a meeting of the San Miguel County Area Redevelopment Association tonight at 7:30 in the City Council Chambers. The president of Bison Airlines will be present to discuss the possibility of his airline extending service to Las Vegas, which has been without commercial airline service for 10 years.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Aug. 2, 2013

    Over the Edge play runs through Sunday

    Catch Over the Edge VI at 7:30 p.m., today and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Sala de Madrid on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and $5 students with valid ID. Tickets available at Tome on the Range, Em Krall and at the door.