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  • 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.

  • Where’s Cindy?

    Their emotions get more and more frayed as each day passes without knowing, their minds stuck in a cruel tug of war between hoping that she’s still alive and the scenario they know deep in their hearts is more likely.

    But they remain strong, fighting each  day to find out what happened to her. And they pray “that she’s not suffering,” says cousin Evelyn Garcia,  “and that she comes home,” adds Deddie Rivera, the missing woman’s aunt. “If she’s dead, let us bury her.”

  • CCHP worker accused of taking money

    The former office manager of a local non-profit has been charged with multiple felonies for allegedly embezzling about $2,300 from the organization during a three week-period.

    The embezzlement scheme at the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation was quickly discovered by a board member who noticed discrepancies as she was trying to reconcile the organization’s books.