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  • In Brief - News - April 15, 2013

    Staff and Wire Reports

  • Looking Back - April 15, 2013

    In 1963

    Monday, April 15 — Following a public hearing at which no one from Rowe attended, the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution in which “The Board of Commissioners of San Miguel County approve in toto the proposed construction of the highway . . . bypassing the community of Rowe.” The bypassing of that stretch of U.S. 85 was done to accommodate the completion of what is now Interstate 25.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 15, 2013

    What happens after the wildfire?

    A public forum titled What Happens After the Wildfire? is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon this Friday in room 215 of the Lora Shields Building on the NMHU campus. All are welcome.

  • Weather - April 15, 2013

    Areas of blowing dust. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 25-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 43. Windy, with a southwest wind 30-35 mph, decreasing to 20-25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.


  • NMHU music concerts Wednesday and Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Music will present instrumental concerts April 17 and April 19 in Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave.

    The 7 p.m. Wednesday Original Music Concert showcases students in the university’s new Music Technology Program performing their own compositions.

  • Driver had troubled history

    By Karl Moffatt and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The alleged drunk driver involved in a rollover that left two dead and several others injured on Saturday has a lengthy record of traffic and other offenses, including reckless driving, speeding, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

    Indeed, juvenile court records portray Wayne Lovato, of the 2400 block of Calle Bonita, as a troubled and at times out-of-control youth who often ran afoul of the law and squandered second chances he had been given by the courts.

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony - North side site for coffin maker

    Michael and Teresa Martinez saw a need to open a new business in Las Vegas.

    On Wednesday morning, the two, along with other county, local and federal officials participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the beginning of an era for Meadow City Manufacturing Inc.

    Meadow City Manufacturing will be housed in a massive 8,500-square-foot building at the Las Vegas-San Miguel Wood Business Park, which is north of Las Vegas. The 153-acre site is also home to the county’s public works division. The property formerly housed Medite.

  • Recall effort under way for mayor

    A notice of intent to recall Mayor Alfonso Ortiz was filed with the city clerk’s office late Wednesday, setting in motion a process that could lead to an election at which voters would decide whether to oust Ortiz before the expiration of his term.

    The effort to remove Ortiz from office is led by longtime activist Lorenzo Flores, who has been critical of the mayor’s actions in the past.

    Flores announced that he had filed the notice during the public input portion of Wednesday evening’s City Council meeting.

  • Charges filed over bomb scare

    A 33-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested after he allegedly called the Las Vegas Police Department and threatened to blow it up.

    Jonathan Aragon, of the 1800 block of Lopez Street is facing a single county of perpetrating unlawful bomb scares. The incident occurred Monday night.

  • Looking Back - April 12, 2013

    In 1963

    Thursday, April 11 — In a letter addressed to the Optic, 23 West Las Vegas Schools teachers have protested the sale of liquor to minors in Las Vegas. The letter read, in part, “We, the faculty of West Las Vegas High School, as citizens, parents and teachers, protest the selling of liquor to minors. This situation is becoming more apparent and serious as time goes on. We wish to call this situation to your attention and urge that action on your part be instigated immediately.”