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  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 2, 2013

    Habitat work days

    Habitat for Humanity and Knutson Construction Co. will be holding work days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 and Jan. 26, at 302 Union St. No experience is necessary — just a willingness to contribute with your hands. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves. For more information, call 454-4434.
     

  • Weather - Jan. 2, 2013

    Wednesday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Wednesday night, a 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.

    Thursday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Thursday night, partly cloudy, with a low around 14.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 42. Friday night, mostly clear, with a low around 19.

    Saturday
    Sunny with a high near 46.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • West board sets bond priorities

    With an election in February, the West Las Vegas School board has approved the priorities for its bond election.

    On Feb. 5, voters will decide on a four-year general obligation bond for improvements throughout the west-side school district, which is asking voters to approve the bond question, which authorizes the district to issue general obligation bonds of no more than $5 million.

    The district’s last bond election was in 2009, when voters approved the increase with about 70 percent of vote.

  • National news consumption in 2012 varied

    By Jennifer Agiesta
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — When it comes to the top news stories of 2012, the public and the press generally agreed on the year’s most important events, according to nationwide polls conducted by the Pew Research Center and an Associated Press survey of news editors.

    But surveys of the public reveal that what’s news is still fairly subjective, with some stories grabbing the attention of news editors more than news consumers. The surveys also reveal sharp differences in the news based on gender, race and age.

  • Always a crowd at Stu Clark
  • In Brief - New Mexico - Jan. 2, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Cities announce gun disposals

    ALBUQUERQUE —  Albuquerque and Santa Fe city officials are moving forward with plans for gun disposal and buyback programs.
    Cities across the country have started similar programs in the wake of a deadly school shooting in Connecticut.
    Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry and Police Chief Ray Schultz say anyone from throughout New Mexico wishing to get rid of firearms or ammunition will be able to do so every Saturday in January.

  • Rodeo Club visit
  • Alta Vista Regional Hospital recognizes staff

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital recently recognized 25 employees for their years of service at its annual holiday party and service award banquet. Additionally, the 2012 Employee of the Year, Operational Director of the Year and Clinical Director of the Year were announced.

    Hospital staff who received their five-year service award were: Gloria Lopez, Ronell Montoya, Patricia Gallegos, Linda Salazar, Jerry Padilla, Dawn Chinn, Wilfred Tafoya, Zelda Garcia, Alyssa Wilson, Erica Encinias, Samuel Pekoc and Bruce Holmes.  

  • Obama wants gun violence measures passed in 2013

    By Jim Kuhnhenn

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Recalling the shooting rampage that killed 20 first graders as the worst day of his presidency, President Barack Obama on Sunday pledged to put his “full weight” behind legislation aimed at preventing gun violence.

    In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Obama voiced skepticism about the National Rifle Association’s proposal to put armed guards in schools following the Dec. 14 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

  • The forces of nature hit 2012

    By Jeri Clausing and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — From dry river beds to dusty pastures and raging wildfires, extreme drought dominated New Mexico headlines in 2012.

    Farmers, ranchers and water managers started 2012 hoping against all predictions that this would be the year the La Nina weather pattern responsible for pushing moisture from the state would finally subside. No luck. Just more hand-wringing as the first 11 months of the year marked the second driest on record, according to the National Weather Service.