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  • Looking Ahead - Sports - May 16, 2014

    Friday
    Baseball
    • NCAA Division II South Central Regional: TBA, Grand Junction, Colo.
    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Alpine, 7 p.m., Alpine, Texas
    Softball
    • Class 2A state tournament TBA, UNM, Albuquerque
    • Class 3A state tournament TBA, Rio Rancho
    Track and field
    • Class 3A-5A state championships, 8 a.m., UNM, Albuquerque

  • Tips sought on school fire

    Las Vegas Police Department Commander Ken Jenkins told a large group of parents, community members and students of the fire-damaged Rio Gallinas School campus on Socorro and Chavez Street, that he is currently pursing new leads on the alleged arson case.

    The meeting took place at the Old Town Presbyterian Mission church, adjacent to the school.

    The case stems from a fire that broke out at the local charter school late Thursday and caused the school to switch gears with several weeks of classes left.

  • Almost like winter
  • Arson defendant back in jail

    One of the men accused of trying to cover up a murder by setting an apartment on fire last year is back in jail for violating his conditions of release.

    Gary Esquibel, 31, was taken into custody and jailed on May 5. It was Esquibel’s attorney, Eugenio Mathis, who contacted authorities and notified them that Esquibel had not been home, and that his parents were worried about him.

  • Luna’s business programs accredited

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Associate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Luna Community College initial accreditation of its business programs.

  • Gov urges restrictions

    The Associated Press

    As fire rages in southwestern New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez is urging city leaders around the state to consider limiting fireworks.

    The governor sent a letter to local leaders Monday saying drought conditions, strong winds and warm temperatures have combined for high fire danger and increased risk in many parts of the state.

    Martinez is urging municipalities and counties to hold meetings in the coming weeks to discuss and potentially vote on local restrictions or bans on the use of fireworks.

  • Martinez raises $561K for re-election effort

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez raised $561,586 for her re-election in the past month, which was more than twice as much as the five Democrats seeking to challenge her in the general election, according to the latest financial reports.

    Alan Webber, a wealthy Santa Fe businessman, was the leading Democratic fundraiser with $115,683. Lawrence Rael was next with $58,030; state Sen. Howie Morales, $22,012; Attorney General Gary King, $12,270; and $10,236 for state Sen. Linda Lopez.

  • Looking Back - May 14, 2014

    In 1964

  • 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

    Wednesday
    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.

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

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

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

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