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  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 4, 2012

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Hello, Snow!” by Hope Vestergaard. The theme for the month is “It’s Snow Time!” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Jan. 4, 2011

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Northwest wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

  • 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.