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  • Weather - May 3, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 59. Light southwest wind becoming south 5-10 mph in the morning. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.


  • FYI - May 3, 2013

    New Mexico State Police are planning two DWI checkpoints in this area today and Saturday. The first will take place between 5 and 10 p.m. on Friday in San Miguel County. The second is planned for between 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday in Mora County.

  • Recreation center to host Teen Dance tonight

    Teens from Las Vegas and the surrounding areas will have the opportunity to mingle and dance with their same-aged peers this evening.

    From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center a Cinco de Mayo Teen Dance will be held as part of an effort to provide additional activities for the youth in the area.

    Lucas Sanchez, a youth coordinator at the center, said he hopes the dance will bring in students from the surrounding areas as well. He said the center invited teens from Wagon Mound, Springer, Mora, Pecos and Las Vegas to the dance.

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  • 3 accused of helping bomber

    By Allen G. Breed and Denise Lavoie
    The Associated Press

    BOSTON — Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who’d become suspicious after seeing what looked like a familiar face being flashed on television.

    Dias Kadyrbayev, a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, texted his college buddy Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying he looked like one of the bombing suspects.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - May 3, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Martinez plans review of laws

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says she’s forming a group to recommend improvements in New Mexico’s child abuse laws.
    The Republican governor, who is a former prosecutor, made the announcement Wednesday to mark the end of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

  • Mora adopts drilling ban

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    MORA — In a split vote on Monday, the Mora County Commission approved a community water rights and self-government ordinance, becoming the first county in the United States to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.

    Roughly half an hour after the vote, the Pennsylvania-based Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which helped draft the ordinance, touted the victory in a news release.

  • Gonzales hired as interim manager

    The Mora County Commission voted last week to hire Roger Gonzales as interim county manager for two months.

    Gonzales replaces Thomas Sanchez who was terminated days after Gov. Susana Martinez signed a capital outlay bill that included $1.85 million for the incomplete county complex.

    Gonzales, a native of the LeDoux area, formerly served as Mora School’s chief operations officer. In April of last year the state Public Education Department yanked Gonzales’ business license amid concerns of misspending of money.

  • Sex offender facing up to three years

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Former day care operator and now convicted sex offender, Edward Quintana, 72, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted rape charges involving a young female family member back in 1995 and now faces up to three years in prison when sentenced.

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