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  • Correction - Dec. 19, 2012

    A story in Friday’s Optic erroneously reported that the Pecos League, which is looking to bring a baseball team to Las Vegas, is a semi-pro league. In fact, league commissioner Andrew Dunn said it is a professional baseball league.

  • Kids present during shooting

    Two children were inside the Calle Contenta residence when a woman was shot in the face last week, and one of them was lying in a bassinet directly behind the woman who was shot, recently filed court documents reveal.

    That has the 23-year-old Las Vegas man who told police the gun went off accidentally while he was playing with it in hot water.

  • At least 3 plan to seek re-election

    On Tuesday, anyone interested in running for seats on area school boards will have a chance.

    School districts across the state will hold elections on Feb. 5. Besides electing school board members, voters will also get their say on bond and mill levy questions.

  • Oops - Cause of trailer mishap unknown

    A city of Las Vegas trailer being used to haul heavy equipment back to City Hall flipped over at the intersection of Grand Avenue and National on Thursday, forcing authorities to shut down a portion of Grand Avenue for more than four hours.

    The accident happened at about 4 p.m.

    City Public Works Director Carlos Ortiz said no one was injured in the incident. He said the cause is still unknown, and police are still investigating it.

  • Massacre sparks soul-searching

    By Jim Fitzgerald and John Christoffersen
    The Associated Press

    NEWTOWN, Conn. — The massacre of 26 children and adults at a Connecticut elementary school elicited horror and soul-searching around the world even as it raised more basic questions about why the gunman, a 20-year-old described as brilliant but remote, was driven to such a crime and how he chose his victims.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 17, 2012

    In 1962
    Tuesday, Dec. 18 — The rain is expected to leave Las Vegas tomorrow. During the night the Las Vegas Airport recorded .32 of an inch of precipitation, along with a minimum temperature of 37. The high yesterday was 63, and at noon today it was 51.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 17, 2012

    Christmas tree sales under way
    Santa Fe National Forest Christmas tree sales are under way and will continue through Dec. 24. Forest service offices along with various vendors in Pecos and Las Vegas are selling personal-use Christmas tree permits for $10. Permits may be purchased at Pecos Canyon Station, Griego’s Market, Pancho’s Minute Men, Shell Station, Laguna Vista Quick-Stop and the forest offices.

  • Weather - Dec. 17, 2012

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 53. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29. Breezy.

    Wednesday
    A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Blustery.
     

  • Virgin Galactic future at Spaceport uncertain

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The deal was sold to New Mexicans in classic Richard Branson fashion. If taxpayers would build the colorful British businessman a $209 million futuristic spaceport, he would make New Mexico the launching point for a space tourism business catering to the rich and famous.

  • Saint and Snow