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  • Looking Ahead - News - April 8, 2013

    Ride to Pride dance is Friday

    Ride to Pride is hosting a dance in honor of military service members and veterans. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. this Friday. Live music by Jimmy Rael and the Cuevo Band with a special guest appearance by El Gringo. Pre-sale tickets are $20 a couple of $12 per person. For more information, call 454-9738 or 429-3905.

  • Weather - April 8, 2013

    Areas of blowing dust after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. Windy, with a southwest wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph.


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  • Shooting suspect nabbed

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A 52-year-old Tecolote man is being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center on $40,000 cash only bond after he allegedly got drunk at a friend’s house and shot up the place after he was asked to leave.

  • Russian native becomes U.S. citizen

    Natalia Tucker’s journey to northern New Mexico was improbable.

    Before moving to the U.S., the Russian native lived in the sprawling city of Chelyabinsk, a place with a population of more than 1.1 million. Today, she lives in the rural ranching community of Watrous, population 135, and she teaches a Russian language class at New Mexico Highlands University.

    Tucker, who was recognized by the city’s governing body recently, officially became a U.S. citizen last month.

  • Montezuma Post Office to cut hours

    MONTEZUMA — The small post office here that United World College students rely on to receive and mail packages and letters to their home countries is set to reduce its hours.

  • Senator tours dams, visits Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich visited New Mexico Highlands University on Tuesday and later met with city officials and toured dams and other water facilities as part of an outreach program the freshman senator is conducting throughout the state.

    Heinrich met with Highlands President Jim Fries and other university representatives such as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Linda LaGrange.

  • Big R holding grand opening Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic

    If the rifle, gun safe and log splitter giveaways aren’t enough to catch your attention, then the autographed George Strait guitar just might be.

    Big R, the new farm and ranch supply store that opened its doors this week, is pulling out all the stops for its official grand opening this Saturday. Besides the giveaways, Big R will provide free pop and popcorn and 25 cent hotdogs.

  • Jail Log

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 27 and April 2:

  • Wagon Mound takes action to protect its drinking water

    Submitted to the Optic

    Concerned about the severe drought, and potential contamination, the Wagon Mound Village Council approved a comprehensive Source Water Protection Plan for the spring that supplies drinking water to their community.

    The Plan, prepared with technical assistance from the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau and New Mexico Tech, provides for increased vigilance against potential sources of contamination, repair of aging water pipes, preservation of water rights and sustainability, and contingencies for emergencies.