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  • Looking Back - Dec. 29

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 29, 2014

    Optic will close early on Wednesday
    The offices of the Optic will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and will be closed on Thursday in observance of the New Year’s holiday. The Optic will reopen on Friday.

  • Weather - Dec. 29, 2014

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. A 30 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -3. East wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    A 30 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 19. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. A 30 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5.

    Wednesday
    A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. A 20 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.

  • FYI - News - Dec. 29, 2014

    Beginning on Jan. 5, citations will be heard only from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday through Friday at San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 29, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day closings

    Las Vegas Optic
    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed in observance of the New Year’s Eve and the New Year’s Day holidays.
    City of Las Vegas — Closed half day on Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
    Abelino Montoya Recreation Center — Closing at 5 p.m. on Dec. 31 and closed on Jan. 1
    Carnegie Public Library — Closed half day on Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1
    NMDOT District 4 offices — Closed Jan. 1
    San Miguel County Offices — Closed on Jan. 1

  • HU students to pay more

    Students attending a college or university in New Mexico on a lottery scholarship will have to fork out more of their own money this spring for tuition because the fund that pays for the scholarship is running short.

    The state Higher Education Department sent out a letter to colleges and universities earlier this month notifying them that the scholarship would pick up only 95 percent of the average tuition cost for the spring semester.

  • Senior profile - Orlando Chavez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Legion Park Elementary School in Las Vegas opened its doors to students in 1964. Among its first students was a third-grader — Orlando Chavez.

    It’s unlikely that Orlando would know at the time that he eventually would return to the school to provide services to current students, but that he did. A custodian with the Las Vegas City Schools system for 20 years, Orlando has served Legion Park for 13 of them.

  • Accreditation recommended for Luna

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College received a report from members of the Higher Learning Commission Evaluation Team Wednesday that their recommendation is for reaffirmation of accreditation.

    The Higher Learning Commission Evaluation Team consisting of Lloyd Hammonds, Catherine Kinyon, and Donna Dare conducted a comprehensive evaluation visit on Oct. 13-15, 2014.

    The next recommended reaffirmation evaluation visit is for 2024-25.

  • Use of DWI funds questioned

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico counties are not effectively spending funds from a DWI grant program to combat drunk driving, according to a new state legislative report.

    The Legislative Finance Committee said in a study released this month that counties are wasting money from the Local DWI Grant program on strategies such as media campaigns and outreach. Committee members said officials should devote more funds to increased patrols and tougher prosecutions — methods that have evidence of working.