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  • 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.

  • Glitches stall sale of Maloof building, Trementina land

    Two pieces of property — land in Trementina and the old Maloof building — that the West Las Vegas School District has been trying to sell are causing headaches for district officials.

    The district had already put out a request for bids for the Trementina property and had even found an interested buyer, but the deal is now up in the air because the parcel owned by the district is smaller than originally thought. The amount of land, survey and value of the property are in limbo.

  • Albuquerque police may soon see officer shortage

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Proposed changes to state retirement funds may prompt hundreds of Albuquerque police officers to retire and spark an officer shortage in New Mexico’s largest city.

    Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz said the city could lose around 200 officers to retirement in a few months, KOAT-TV reported. Those retirements would reduce the department’s workforce to around 800, Schultz said.

  • U.S. Attorney Gonzales tapped for federal court

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Attorney Ken Gonzales to a federal district court judgeship in New Mexico.

    Gonzales’ nomination was among seven announced by the White House on Wednesday. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Gonzales will replace retiring federal Judge Bruce Black of Santa Fe.

    Gonzales was one of five candidates recommended to the president in September by New Mexico’s two U.S. senators.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 16, 2012

    In 1962
    Wednesday, Nov. 14 — “Years Ago,” the successful Broadway comedy by Ruth Gordon, will be presented by Highlands University in the Little Theater Nov. 18-20, Dr. Richard O’Connell, head of the drama division, has announced. Members of the cast are Gary Storey, Leon Lindsay, Cicilia Duran, Nancy Swanson, Priscilla Montoya, Jan Miller, Leon Steward, Fred Maucher, Jerold Paquette, Mike Barron, Paulette Dzladulewicz, Robin Downey and Kathy Brown.