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  • Southwest Capital Bank gets Viva Award

    Submitted to the Optic

    Southwest Capital Bank was selected as a recipient of the 2012 VIVA Award. VIVA stands for vision, investment, vitality, and action. Each year the awards program recognizes New Mexico businesses that demonstrate their unique vision or corporate philosophy, their investment  in company employees and the surrounding community, their vitality through the organization’s growth or financial strength, and their action to make New Mexico a better place to live.

  • State negotiates with tribes over slot machine wagers

    The Associated Press

    Regulators in New Mexico are negotiating with eight pueblos and two tribes over whether slot machine wagers started with “free play” or “bonus point” credits should be included when the casinos report their total quarterly wagers.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Gaming Control Board officials maintain the tribal casinos are paying the state less than they should by not adding the value of “free” or “bonus” play to the total amount of cash wagered and reported to the state.

  • Study: NM income inequality continues to grow

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The gap between wealthy households and low-income families continues to grow in New Mexico, and the difference between their incomes is now the largest in the nation, according to a study released Wednesday.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 21, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Nov. 21 — Now under construction on the Highlands University campus is a $200,000 multiple-purpose building to be known as University Hall. Designed for large conferences, student social activities and other special events, it will seat 400 for a banquet and 500 for a meeting. Moveable partitions will make it available for classes or small meetings.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 21, 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. 21, 2012

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. West wind around 10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 50. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 59.

  • FYI - Nov. 21, 2012

    Magistrate judges in San Miguel County will only handle traffic citation cases from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The new schedule was implemented earlier this month.

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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.

  • Recycling Fun
  • In Brief - News - Nov. 21, 2012

    The Associated Press
    Sanchez won’t seek top spot
    SANTA FE — Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says he has decided not to seek the chamber’s top job, president pro tempore.
    The Belen Democrat told the Albuquerque Journal on Monday that he is happy in his current position as senate majority leader and hopes to return.
    Sanchez is the sole survivor among top Senate Democrats targeted by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her political allies.

  • Chances slim for winter moisture

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Weather forecasters and state and federal water managers on Monday painted a grim picture of the chances drought-stricken New Mexico has to make up any ground this winter.
    It’s early, but officials said the state is already starting off with half of the average snowpack for this time of year.