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  • Weather - Dec. 14, 2011

    Wednesday
    A slight chance of snow showers before 11am, then a slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. West wind 15-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Northwest wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21.

    Friday

  • Correction - News - Dec. 14, 2011

    Because of a production error, a small portion of the far left column of the Optic’s top stories ballot was cut off, making it difficult to read. The ballot is running again in this edition and will run in the upcoming weekend edition of the Optic.

  • Jail guard arrested after leaving kids alone

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Rio Arriba County jail guard suspected of drinking and abandoning his children inside a hotel room spent a few hours locked up after one of his kids called 911 seeking help.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports 30-year-old Isaac J. Maestas of Tierra Amarilla was arrested early Sunday at the Okhay Casino Resort north of Española and charged with three counts of child abuse or endangerment of his 9-, 4- and 2-year-old children.

  • Divisive 9-year Iraq war nears end

    By Ben Feller
    AP White House Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Eager to put the long and divisive Iraq war to rest, President Barack Obama declared Monday “those days are over” with the last American troops heading home, but he pledged the U.S. would remain committed to the fledgling government they leave behind. He and Iraq’s leader somberly saluted America’s war dead at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Coalition urges lawmakers to support federal jobs bill

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A coalition of elected officials, environmentalists and labor unions urged New Mexico’s congressional leaders on Monday to throw their support behind a federal jobs bill that could mean millions of dollars for water system improvements in the state.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 14, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Richardson buys vacation home

    CHATHAM, Mass.  — Former New Mexico governor and Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson and his wife have purchased a vacation home on Cape Cod for $1.67 million.

    Richardson and Barbara Flavin Richardson secured a $675,000 mortgage to purchase the 2,278-square-foot house in Chatham.

    Most of the cost is for the accompanying 36,200-square-foot pond-front lot.

  • West chief gets new contract

    The West Las Vegas School District’s superintendent got a unanimous vote of confidence from the district’s school board Thursday evening. The board approved a two-year contract extension for Cordova, who has been at the district’s helm for nearly 18 months.

    Cordova said he was humbled by the board’s unanimous decision to renew his approximately $100,000-a-year contract for an additional two years.

    The contract will now run through June 30, 2014.

    “This school district is a very special place,” Cordova said. “It means a lot to me to have their (the board’s) trust.”

  • Native Royalty
  • City gets $352K grant for Peterson

    The city of Las Vegas has been awarded a nearly $352,000 grant to begin addressing leaks at Peterson Dam.

    But it was the administration’s attempt to get approval to submit two more grant applications for water projects that caused a stir during Thursday’s special city council meeting.

    The money awarded will pay for a pump-back system at Peterson Dam. The city has previously said that the project is needed to capture about 200 acre feet of water that is currently leaking beneath and through the dam.

  • Candlelight vigil