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  • In Brief - News - Nov. 21, 2012

    The Associated Press
    Sanchez won’t seek top spot
    SANTA FE — Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says he has decided not to seek the chamber’s top job, president pro tempore.
    The Belen Democrat told the Albuquerque Journal on Monday that he is happy in his current position as senate majority leader and hopes to return.
    Sanchez is the sole survivor among top Senate Democrats targeted by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her political allies.

  • Chances slim for winter moisture

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Weather forecasters and state and federal water managers on Monday painted a grim picture of the chances drought-stricken New Mexico has to make up any ground this winter.
    It’s early, but officials said the state is already starting off with half of the average snowpack for this time of year.

  • No iPad, but plenty of pot

    City police officers investigating a burglary last week stumbled upon a large amount of marijuana and ended up arresting two men on felony drug charges.

    The next day, according to police, friends of the men arrested confronted the people who reported the burglary to authorities, calling one of them a rat and assaulting him. Those men are now in hot water themselves, facing felony charges.

  • Search warrants sealed

    State police investigators working the case of a missing Las Vegas woman said Friday that they have spent countless hours on the matter, and they confirmed that they have executed search warrants.

    “Interviews have been conducted and more interviews are pending,” the investigators said in an email sent through Lt. Robert McDonald, the statewide spokesman for state police.

  • Luring tourists - Sign a hit, except for location

    Most agree that the large new sign off the Interstate 25 University exit is beautiful, its shiny stainless steel lettering popping against the rustic Corten steel background.

    The sign directs motorists to the city’s historic Plaza, to Highlands University and to downtown.

    But is it in the right place?

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and City Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero say absolutely not.

  • City gas customers to pay less this winter

    Finally, some good news for city utility customers.

    The city of Las Vegas has announced that its natural gas customers can expect to see lower bills this winter due to lower market prices and decreases in unaccounted for gas related to its leak detection and repair program. The city estimates that the savings will be about $6.80 a month or $82 a year for it average residential customers and $30.78 a month or $369 a year for the average commercial customers.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 19, 2012

    In 1962
    Monday, Nov. 19 — A surprise anniversary and birthday dinner was held Saturday night honoring Larry Finch, publisher of the Optic and Springer Tribune, as 31 staff members of the two newspapers gathered at the Flamingo to observe the occasion of his 25 years in the newspaper business and his November birthday. Mrs. Audrey Simpson, Optic Women’s Page Editor, presented an engraved watch to the publisher. Also honored at the dinner was Fritz Broeske, who has also been in the newspaper business for 25 years.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 19, 2012

    Christmas fairs slated for this weekend

    Christmas fairs will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the Student Center Ballroom on the Highlands University campus. For more information contact Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 425-9746 or 505-652-6943

  • Weather - Nov. 19, 2012

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 30. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 60. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 62.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:41 a.m. to 4:51 p.m.

  • FYI - Nov. 19, 2012

    The PNM Las Vegas payment center that normally is open Wednesdays and Thursdays will instead be open Tuesday and Wednesday this week due to the  Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.
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    The offices of the Optic will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Optic will reopen on Monday.