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  • Weather - Nov. 23, 2012

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 47.  Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 63. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 30.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Monday

  • Cleanup a task in NY, NJ

    By David B. Caruso
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Just a few months ago, the parking lot at Jacob Riis Park on New York City’s Rockaway seashore was filled with happy beachgoers. Now, it is home to a mountain of misery from Superstorm Sandy — a growing pile of garbage containing everything from mangled appliances, splintered plywood and sodden drywall to shreds of clothing and family photos.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 23, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Officials mull Zozobra date
    SANTA FE — The Santa Fe group that organizes the annual Zozobra ritual is considering moving the event from Thursday to Friday nights.
    The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe’s Zozobra director says the group is considering the day move. Ray Sandoval tells the Santa Fe New Mexican its awaiting a change of officers at the Santa Fe Fiesta Council before making a final decision.

  • To frack or not to frack

    Proponent: Groundwater won’t be harmed

    PECOS —The head of the Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department told San Miguel County commissioners last week that despite the fear that surrounds fracking, there has never been a case of water contamination from hydraulic fracturing in New Mexico.

  • Ex-daycare owner pleads in sex case

    The former daycare center owner charged with molesting two of the children who attended his facility has pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

    Under the terms of the plea agreement, Edward Quintana, 72, of the 2500 block of Montezuma Street, will get five years of supervised probation and have to register as a sex offender. The agreement gives the judge the authority to impose a deferred or suspended sentence. Quintana must also stay away from his victims.

  • A helping hand - Providing a bed and a hot meal

    Amelie-Sophie Vavrovsky spent a few extra hours away from studying for tests and doing homework last week.

  • El Sombrero continues tradition

    El Sombrero Restaurant is once again opening its doors to the community and offering a free turkey meal with all the fixings on Thanksgiving.

    But there will be one small change this year: No carry-out orders will be allowed.

    The local restaurant, located at 825 Mills Ave. has been providing the hot turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing for starters meal for residents and visitors free of charge on Thanksgiving since 1996.

    Victor Ramirez, son of restaurant’s owner Helen Rivera-Gonzales, said providing the meal is a family tradition.

  • Southwest Capital Bank gets Viva Award

    Submitted to the Optic

    Southwest Capital Bank was selected as a recipient of the 2012 VIVA Award. VIVA stands for vision, investment, vitality, and action. Each year the awards program recognizes New Mexico businesses that demonstrate their unique vision or corporate philosophy, their investment  in company employees and the surrounding community, their vitality through the organization’s growth or financial strength, and their action to make New Mexico a better place to live.

  • State negotiates with tribes over slot machine wagers

    The Associated Press

    Regulators in New Mexico are negotiating with eight pueblos and two tribes over whether slot machine wagers started with “free play” or “bonus point” credits should be included when the casinos report their total quarterly wagers.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Gaming Control Board officials maintain the tribal casinos are paying the state less than they should by not adding the value of “free” or “bonus” play to the total amount of cash wagered and reported to the state.

  • Study: NM income inequality continues to grow

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The gap between wealthy households and low-income families continues to grow in New Mexico, and the difference between their incomes is now the largest in the nation, according to a study released Wednesday.