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  • Report sheds light on fatal fire

    The first officers who responded to the early morning mobile home blaze last Wednesday saw flames leaping more than 20 feet in the air and heard a woman inside screaming for help.

    Two people had already escaped the blaze and were outside the structure when the officers arrived at the Enchanted Hills Mobile Home Park on Seventh Street.

    The trapped woman’s son told officers that his mother was still inside.

  • City unveils bill assistance program

    The city of Las Vegas Utilities Department has launched a Water Bill Assistance Program, but customers hit hardest by the rate hike — those living outside city limits— aren’t eligible for the help.

    Under the new rate structure approved by the City Council in September, city water customers living outside of city limits are being charged 50 percent more than those living within the municipality.

    But the Water Bill Assistance Program is open only to water customers living inside city limits.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 3, 2012

    The Associated Press

    Student dragged down hall

    SANTA FE — A Santa Fe teacher was put on leave after police say she grabbed a blind 6-year-old special-needs student by the ankle and dragged him down a hallway because she said the boy was uncooperative with her requests that he walk to another classroom.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Gonzales Community School teacher told investigators that she wasn’t trying to harm the boy.
    Police Sgt. Andrea Dobyns says the act was still negligent.

  • PNM moves ahead with pollution controls

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE—  PNM Resources Inc. plans to move ahead with the installation of federally required pollution controls at a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico that serves more than 2 million customers in the Southwest.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that a stay granted by federal regulators so parties could evaluate alternatives for the San Juan Generating Station expired with no agreement on an alternative.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 3, 2012

    In 1962
    Tuesday, Dec. 4 — The closing of some sawmills in the Las Vegas area trimmed 100 from the enrollment rolls during November where the number of jobs is now 7,000, said Edward V. Balcomb, executive director of the Employment Security Commission. However, remaining projects in the area are expected to remain stable. Forty-five have been hired by the U.S. Forest Service under the Public Works Act, and more hiring is anticipated after Jan. 1.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 3, 2012

    Christmas Fair this Saturday
    A Christmas Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at the American Legion Hall on Collins Drive. For more information, call 425-9545.
     

  • Weather - Dec. 3, 2012

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 58. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38.

    Thursday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 61. A slight chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:54 a.m. to 4:47 p.m.

  • Mobile home fire claims life

    A 46-year-old Las Vegas woman perished in a mobile home fire early Wednesday morning after managing to get her daughter out of the burning structure.

    The fire erupted at the Enchanted Hills Mobile Home Park off Seventh Street at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

    The Las Vegas Fire Department declined to release the name or gender of the person who died, saying that the Office of the Medical Investigator would need to make a positive identification. But family and friends identified her as Sonia Baca, a mother of three and waitress at Estella’s Cafe.

  • Senior profile - Bruce Wertz

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    One never knows which personality will emerge at any given time — the jokemeister, the historian/researcher, Mr. Super-Memory, or just plain Bruce.

    Nevertheless, locals are familiar with Bruce Wertz’ humor. “I didn’t study sense of humor in college. I don’t think I was ever considered the class clown in school.”

  • Updated: Associate AD suspect in sexual assault

    Authorities are investigating a New Mexico Highlands University administrator for sexual assault after a university employee reported that the administrator made unwanted sexual advances toward him and grabbed his genitals earlier this month.