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  • Red Cross issues safety tips to prevent holiday home fires

    Submitted to the Optic
    The American Red Cross urges residents to take extra precautions with cooking and decorating around the holidays.
    “Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and as people are cooking, entertaining, and stringing lights this holiday season, we’re urging that they take safety measures to ensure that their homes and loved ones are safe from the threat of fire,” said Rahim Balsara, Regional CEO of The American Red Cross in New Mexico.

  • Interpreter at event: I was hallucinating

    By Alan Clendenning and Juergen Baetz
    The Associated Press

    JOHANNESBURG — The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, has schizophrenia and has been violent in the past.

  • U.S. files brief on water dispute

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Obama administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take a middle-ground approach on a water dispute between Texas and New Mexico over management of the Rio Grande.

    A brief filed Tuesday by the U.S. solicitor general’s office didn’t take sides in the interstate dispute but said the Supreme Court should leave the door open for a quick resolution, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Messy house led to murder

    The Las Vegas man charged with murdering his uncle Friday night is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond, according to online court records.

    Manuel A. Quintana, 39, of the 100 block of Pecos Street, was arraigned Monday. A standard not-guilty plea was entered for him.

    Manuel Quintana was apprehended by Las Vegas police shortly after they were dispatched to the scene. He has been charged with a single count of second-degree murder in the death of his uncle, Arthur Quintana.

  • Generous Gift - Local bank donates $3,500 to mariachi

    Southwest Capital Bank is spreading cheer. The local bank has completed the paperwork and will soon hand over a $3,500 check to the Mora Schools for its mariachi program.

    Joaquin Maestas-Manuel, director of the program, said the money will be used to help purchase mariachi uniforms for the group Mariachi de Lo de Mora. He said the total needed is $5,000.

    On Sunday, the group performed for the bank’s Mora branch’s tree lightening ceremony.

  • New Mexico revenues up $84 million

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico expects strong enough revenue growth to allow for a possible 5 percent budget increase next year for public education and other government programs, according to a financial forecast Monday that will guide spending decisions during the upcoming legislative session.

  • Gov hopes to avoid scholarship cuts

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

  • State’s grad rates improve

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s high school graduation rate improved during the last school year, but the state remains near the bottom in national rankings when compared with rates from other states.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state’s rate rose from 63 percent in 2011 to 70 percent last year.

    Only the District of Columbia, Nevada and Oregon have graduation rates lower than New Mexico’s. And like New Mexico, Alaska and Georgia also have 70 percent graduation rates.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 11, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Dec. 10 — City Council at a lengthy meeting last night discussed a number of items, including a letter from Msgr. George V. Rieffer suggesting the changing of the name of Grand Avenue to Kennedy Boulevard. The council agreed that they do not want to change the name of the City’s Grand Ave. However, they agreed to consider the name of Kennedy Freeway for the new Interstate 25 bypass of Las Vegas. The Rev. Rieffer is pastor of the Immaculate Conception Church in East Las Vegas.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 11, 2013

    Bird count Saturday
    The 114th National Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at Charlie’s Spic and Span at 7 a.m. to be assigned an area to monitor. Participants should also take warm clothes and snacks and bring a pair of binoculars and bird guides, if available.