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  • Weather - Nov. 14, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29. Southwest wind around 10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 51. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

  • Correction - Nov. 14, 2012

    A story in last Friday’s Optic erroneously reported the number of children that veteran Roberto Garcia has. He has three children.

  • Native to talk about filmmaking at NMHU

    Erik Howell, 27, is giving back to his community. In July, Howell, a Las Vegas native, held a screening of his film and today (Wednesday) he will speak with New Mexico Highlands University students about filmmaking. Starting at 6:30 p.m. at the NMHU Media Arts Building Room 100, Howell will show attendees one short film and tidbits of some of his other film productions. Immediately following the showings, Howell will be available for a question and answer session.

  • More elections around corner

    Between last week’s general election and the primary and the two municipal elections held earlier this year, one might think that elections are done with for a few years. Not so fast.

    The West Las Vegas School Board voted unanimously Thursday to approve an election for two school board seats, for a school bond and for a capital improvements tax on Feb. 5. Other area schools boards will soon be scheduling their elections as well.

    At West, school board members Christine Ludi and David Romero hold the two seats up for election.

  • Paws and Stripes - $4K raised for veterans program

    A different kind of veterans service program took center stage Thursday at a fundraiser in the Plaza Hotel, thanks to a Las Vegas native who now practices law in Houston.

    The program is called Paws and Stripes and it was co-founded by Iraq war veteran James Stanek. Based in Rio Rancho, the program takes shelter dogs and places them with veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The rescued canines are trained, with the veteran’s help, to act as service dogs for the veterans.

  • Social Security office will be closing earlier

    Submitted to the Optic

    Effective Nov. 19, New Mexico Social Security offices will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday.  In addition, beginning Jan. 2, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.

  • International show displays area diversity

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Las Vegas is undoubtedly aware of the diversity of cultures beyond our own, enhanced by the United World College students, but there’s more, much more to boast of. The New Mexico Highlands University International Student Community brings even more tang to the flavor.

    Gathering of Nations 2012, the presentation of  the NMHU ISC students, brought this fact to the forefront at Ilfeld Auditorum this past Thursday.

  • Outstanding season
  • Santa Fe officers trained to police on bikes

    By Chris Quintana
    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe police Officer Jeff Worth treats his bike like a patrol car, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t. His Kona 27-speed mountain bike is equipped with a siren, flashing lights and an emergency kit. And his authority is the same. The charge for fleeing an officer is the same whether he’s on a bike or in a car.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 12, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Power shortfall delays outpost

    A new $15 million U.S. Customs and Border Patrol outpost in southern New Mexico is a year behind schedule because federal planners failed to make sure the local power co-op could provide enough electricity.
    Customs agents assigned to the border crossing in Antelope Wells are instead operating out of trailers.