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  • Auditor issues warning to school districts

    The Office of the State Auditor issued a risk advisory to all school districts on Tuesday, warning that failing to comply with the School Personnel Act could lead to serious problems.

  • French hunt second fugitive, launch new airstrikes

    By Lori Hinnant
    and Jamey Keaten
    The Associated Press

    PARIS — French police are hunting for a second fugitive directly involved in the deadly Paris attacks, officials said Tuesday, as France made an unprecedented demand that its European Union allies support its military action against the Islamic State group.

  • Weather Nov. 18, 2015


    HIGH 52° / LOW 23°

    Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming west in the morning.

    6:39 a.m. to 4:52 p.m.


    HIGH 52° / LOW 29°

    Sunny, with a high near 52. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night -
    mostly clear, with a low around 29.

    6:40 a.m. to 4:52 p.m.


  • Call for scripts issued by Nat Gold Players

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nat Gold Players has issued a call for original scripts for 10-minute plays to be performed as part of the Boxed Seats production to be scheduled early in 2016, reports Nat Gold president Kayt C. Peck.

    Rules for scripts include:

    • Each script must be no more than 10 minutes

    • Sets are limited to four wooden cubes (the Box Seats) to be provided by Nat Gold Players

    • A maximum of four characters

  • BREAKING: I-25 closed north of Las Vegas

    The state Department of Transportation says that Interstate 25 is closed at mile marker 347, the Las Vegas north exit.

    Yvonne Aragon, a spokeswoman for the agency, says the closure is due to blizzard conditions northeast of Las Vegas to the Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma Borders.

    "Travel north is discouraged from mile marker 303 to mile marker 347 (Glorieta to Las Vegas)," Aragon said in an email.

  • Rescuers honored

    A woman is alive today due to the swift action of Villanueva State Park employees Ramon Gallegos and Gilbert Baca.

    They both received Life Saving awards earlier this month for what they did to save the woman, who had fallen into the Pecos River. They, and several other New Mexico State Parks Division employees were honored at a ceremony in Santa Fe on Nov. 4. During that ceremony, 21 awards were handed out and five retirees from the division were honored for their service.

  • Mayor not seeking re-election

    He’s been telling people privately for months that he’s not running, but on Thursday Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr. took it a step further, declaring during the City Council meeting that he will not be seeking a third term.

    “I am not running for re-election,” Ortiz said, disputing a recent report in an online publication that he planned to toss his hat into the ring for another term.

    “I’ve enjoyed every moment to this day of being in office,” Ortiz said. “I’ve done the best I could.”

  • Expect lower gas bills

    If you’re a city of Las Vegas natural gas customer, you’ll get to keep a few extra bucks in your pocket this winter.

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia notified the City Council on Thursday that Zia Natural Gas Company — the city’s supplier — has reduced its rates by 14 percent, and the city will be passing that savings on to its customers.

    City natural gas customers will see the lower rates reflected in the bills being mailed out this month.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Planning for senior living center under way

    “I don’t want to be a burden.”

    Have you heard that sad sentence whispered by your father or mother or perhaps a favorite aunt? My dad never asked that question because he died at age 55 of a massive heart attack. God rest his soul. As my mother advanced in years, she told my brother and me, “I do not want to be a burden.” How could she be? Not only had she given us life, she had doted on us. We moved all over the USA, and wherever we settled, she was our room mother or our Cub Scout leader.

  • Revitalizing Gallinas River Park supporters seek public input

    Submitted to the Optic

    The public is invited to a Revitalizing Gallinas River Park Public Input Forum hosted by the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance and Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp. The forum will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Governance Room at the Highlands University Student Center.

    The RGP Collaborative has presented to the City Council and will be presenting to the county Commission, to give a broad-spectrum picture of the project.