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  • Weather - Dec. 17, 2014

    Wednesday
    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.

    Thursday
    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.

  • Powering up - BTU store boasts green energy

    Green energy is the name of the game when it comes to the new addition at local family-owned BTU.

    Friday morning, roughly 30 people attended a “ribbon” cutting at the local store in celebration of their business’ recent acquisition of the largest commercial solar system in the city.

    The system was installed by Sapello based Energy Concepts.

  • Vegas man gets 12 years for robberies

    Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas man who went on a two-day crime spree in San Miguel and Sandoval Counties in 2011 was sentenced Thursday afternoon to 12 years in federal prison for his crimes.

    Daniel Lujan, 24, must also pay $51,617.09 in restitution to the victims of his crimes, a federal judge has decided. And Lujan will be on supervised release for three years after he completes his prison sentence.

    Lujan pleaded guilty to a four-count robbery indictment in August. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis E. Valencia.

  • Overdose deaths down in state

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says the rate of deaths from drug overdoses in New Mexico has dropped significantly.
    Martinez said Friday that New Mexico did not rank first or second nationally for drug overdose fatality rates for the first time since 1992.

    Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates New Mexico’s rate fell 16 percent between 2011 and 2013.

    New Mexico’s rate is now behind West Virginia and Kentucky.

  • Report revives legal debate on interrogation

    By Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — When the CIA sought permission to use harsh interrogation methods on a captured al-Qaida operative, the response from Bush administration lawyers was encouraging, even clinical.

  • Fewer cleanup funds in budget bill

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Recovery efforts stemming from a radiation leak at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository could get a $100 million boost in federal funding under a budget measure pending in Congress.

    The U.S. Senate was expected to vote on the $1.1 trillion appropriations bill Friday, a day after it narrowly passed the House.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 15, 2014

    The Associated Press
    State back pay still unresolved  
    SANTA FE — New Mexico still needs the services of a firm hired to calculate how much back pay is owed to thousands of state workers.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reported Friday the state signed a contract worth more than $730,000 with the Bethesda, Maryland-based BDO firm.
    According to invoices, BDO has already billed the state for $1.6 million.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 15

    In 1964
    Monday, Dec. 14 — The Lions Club annual Christmas party Thursday evening at El Fidel Colonial Room was entertained by Miss Mary Reynolds, Vidal Gallegos and Miss Judy Scheihagen. They sang a number of Christmas songs and also accompanied group singing.