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  • Local museum to host several Centennial events

    Submitted to the Optic

    To commemorate the Centennial of New Mexico statehood in 2012 the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection will be offering programs each month.  Under the general series Centennial Adventures there will be family programs called Crafting the Centennial and scholarly discussions called Museum Cafes.

  • Top stories of 2011

    It was, tragically, a year for deaths. Two worksite fatalities, at a city trench on the outskirts of town, took the lives of two city employees — Gene Hern and Frank Romero. And other well-known area residents lost their lives in multiple ways — Henry Sanchez to an apparent heart attack, Fabian Trujillo in a traffic accident, Sherry Anne Clancy in a brutal homicide, and Miranda Serna in a faraway plane crash.

  • Notable Quotables

    “If you want to have local people benefit from enhanced tourism and some of these activities, we have to help local people take advantage of that.” — Consultant Elmo Baca, in January, responding to the comment that people in Las Vegas don’t want to be another Santa Fe or Taos.

  • For New Mexico, 2011 was a year of extreme weather

    By Jeri Clausing
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was a year of extremes for New Mexico, with dramatic weather dominating the headlines from start to finish in 2011.

    The year began with a deep freeze that plunged the state into a subzero tundra for several days, leaving an estimated 32,000 homes and businesses without natural gas. The double whammy of record cold temperatures and the natural gas shortage cost insurance companies more than $55 million in claims.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 1. 2012

    In 2011

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 1, 2012

    Polar plunge at noon

    The 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place at noon on New Year’s Day at Storrie Lake just north of Las Vegas. The public is invited to attend and, if you are so inclined, make the jump yourself.

  • Weather - Jan. 1, 2012

    New Year’s Day
    Sunny, with a high near 38. South wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 49. Mostly clear at night with a low around 24.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 54. Mostly clear at night with a low around 27.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 46. Mostly clear at night with a low around 27.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. — 4:58 p.m.

  • FYI - News - Jan. 1, 2012

    The San Miguel County Safe-Ride-Home Service is extending its hours. Additional days of operation will run through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve hours will be 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Services are provided from any liquor establishment to your home. Call 505-429-0336.

  • Bin Laden’s death tops ‘11 list

    By David Crary
    AP National Writer

    NEW YORK — The killing of Osama bin Laden during a raid by Navy SEALs on his hideout in Pakistan was the top news story of 2011, followed by Japan’s earthquake/tsunami disaster, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

  • Vegas man charged with bigamy

    An 85-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with bigamy after state police obtained evidence that the man had not legally divorced his first wife, according to reports.

    Joe M. Olivas of 1210 Montezuma Ave. was arrested Tuesday. He was charged with a single count of bigamy, a fourth-degree felony in New Mexico.

    According to the statement of probable cause, Olivas admitted to being aware that he was married to two women, saying he “was lonely” after more than two years apart from his wife.