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  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 31, 2014

    Polar Bear Plunge is New Year’s Day
    The 19th Annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place at noon on Thursday, Jan. 1, at Storrie Lake State Park.
     

  • Weather - Dec. 31, 2014

    Wednesday
    A 20 percent chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. Wind chill values as low as -10. South wind around 10 mph. A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after midnight. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 11. East wind around 5 mph.

    Thursday
    A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 30. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.

    Friday

  • FYI - News - Dec. 31, 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.

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    The offices of the Optic will close at 2 p.m. today and the Optic will be closed Thursday for the New Year’s holiday.

  • East administrator retires

    Las Vegas City Schools’ federal programs director Lydia Flores has abruptly resigned. Her retirement announced earlier this month at a regular board meeting comes at the middle of a school year, and just months after serving as interim superintendent at the east side school district. She is also director of the district’s bilingual program and principal at Los Niños Elementary. Flores has been a district administrator since 2007.

  • Tri-County Farmer’s Market - Winter Market in full swing

    Saturday mornings during the summer means a trip to the local farmers market for many people but usually that trip is nonexistent during the freezing winter months - until recently. In late November several vendors started selling their homegrown and handcrafted goods at the Tri-County Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

    This year’s Winter Market operates from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday morning at Mallettes Feed Store just off N.M. 518 going towards Mora, just a few miles north of Las Vegas.

  • Grad student studies the Gallinas

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University biology graduate student is conducting research to help determine how much impact humans and livestock have on bacteria in the Gallinas River, the primary water supply for Las Vegas.

  • Jet carrying 162 lost in Indonesia

    By Ali Kotarumalos and Margie Mason
    The Associated Press

    JAKARTA, Indonesia — Aircraft and ships that spent several hours searching Indonesian waters turned up no sign of an AirAsia plane that disappeared Sunday with 162 people on board in airspace possibly thick with dense storm clouds, strong winds and lightning, officials said.

  • 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.