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  • 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.

  • Nun set to move up sainthood path

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools is set to move up the path toward possible sainthood.

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe was scheduled Friday to close its inquiry on why Sister Blandina Segale should become a saint. The inquiry panel will then forward its findings to the Vatican.

  • Nakamura appointed to fill Supreme Court seat

    By Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    Gov. Susana Martinez selected District Court Judge Judith Nakamura on Thursday to fill a seat on the New Mexico Supreme Court, calling her an advocate for public safety who has shown “tremendous leadership” in the state’s court system.

  • Celebrating heritage
  • Weather - Nov. 15, 2015


    HIGH 59° / LOW 34°
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph.
    6:36 a.m. to 4:54 p.m.


    HIGH 49° / LOW 24°
    Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
    6:37 a.m. to 4:53 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Nov. 15, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, Nov. 11, 1965 — Is it a good thing for students who are unable to understand their school work, or for some reason fail to get the assigned homework done, to be humiliated before the entire class? We have recently discovered that in our own school system, in certain classrooms, a student who has not done his work properly is forced to go to the teacher’s desk and kneel there. We understand that they were forced to stay there the entire period until someone protested that this was a waste of time, so now they only do it for a few minutes.

  • Thieves targeting community

    Las Vegas police are issuing a warning to local businesses and residents after three individuals were robbed in recent weeks. Two of those robberies involved businesses preparing to make bank deposits.

    Police say no one was injured in the robberies.