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  • Clowning Around - Building faith through laughter

    Normally you see clowns under the big top of a circus or at a parade, but for roughly 30 people this past Sunday, mass was about laughter, religion and lessons.

  • Business owner warns of scam

    Las Vegas Optic

    When she received the call over the weekend, Roberta Romero knew that something wasn’t right.

    The caller pretended to be a PNM technician and told Romero, of Romero’s Automotive, that she would need to provide a bank account or debit card number in order to avoid having her electrical service disconnected.

    She was asked to call a 1-800 number, and when she did, the voice on the other end said she had reached PNM and asked her to hold.

  • What plunging oil prices mean for you

    By Jonathan Fahey
    AP Energy Writer

    NEW YORK — The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.

    The price of a barrel of oil is just under $56, down from a summer high of $107, and lower than at any time since the U.S. was still in recession in the spring of 2009.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 17, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • FYI - News - Dec. 17, 2014

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

  • Looking Back - Dec. 17

    In 1964
    Tuesday, Dec. 15 — A seasonal business with a product that everybody wants is the subject of an article by Marcella Powers in the December New Mexico Magazine. The Christmas tree industry in this country amounts to $22.5 million for the tree grower; $41.33 million to the wholesaler; and $96 million to the retailer. In New Mexico, the area around Mora with its heavily timbered hills, and altitudes from 5,000 to 13,000 feet, is well-suited for evergreen cultivation.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 17, 2014

    115th Christmas Bird Count
    The bird count will meet at Charlie’s Bakery and Cafe at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20. For more information, contact Chris and Cassidy Ruge at chrisruge1971@gmail.com or 429-7744.

  • Weather - Dec. 17, 2014

    A slight chance of rain showers after 11 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.

    A slight chance of snow showers before 11 a.m., then a slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.

  • Panther pride
  • Gold, Alderete not running

    Longtime board members Gary Gold and Felix Alderete won’t be filing for their prospective seats on Tuesday.

    Gold has served on the West Las Vegas School board for two terms while Alderete has served on the Las Vegas City Schools board since 2011.

    Both Gold and Alderete told the Optic they would not be seeking re-election. Alderete declined to elabotate on his reasons for not seeking re-election.