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  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 21, 2011

    Free Thanksgiving Dinner

    Take advantage of a free Thanksgiving dinner from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at El Sombrero Restaurant, 825 Mills Ave. Helen Rivera and her family have been providing the meal for more than a decade as a way to give back to the community.

  • Weather - Nov. 21, 2011

    Monday
    A chance of rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. West wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. North wind around 5 mph, becoming calm. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - News - Nov. 21, 2011

    Storrie Lake State Park will be closed this Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The park will re-open at 7 a.m. on Saturday. For questions or for more information, call 425-7278.

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    The offices of the Las Vegas Optic will also be closed Thursday and Friday and will reopen on Monday.

  • Top NM official ‘shocked’ after running over body

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A high-ranking New Mexico official and several other motorists unknowingly drove over the body of a man who had been struck moments earlier on a pitch-black highway, shocking drivers who didn’t find out until later that they had run over a person.

    Police said Friday they’re unsure of how many vehicles struck the 46-year-old man’s body on the four-lane highway near Santa Fe, but one of them was driven by New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

  • Staffing woes plague police

    A manpower shortage has forced state police to cut back on its 24-hour police patrols in San Miguel County.

    The staffing change has San Miguel County officials saying that it’s more important than ever for the county to bring on more sheriff’s deputies, though finding the money to do that is proving to be a challenge.

  • Mora janitor claims assault by official

    A Mora school board member who has been critical of the current administration is being accused of assaulting a school janitor.

  • A Helping Hand
  • Council approves contract for EDC

    The City Council unanimously approved a $38,000 contract with the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation at its meeting Wednesday evening despite some concerns raised by members of the governing body.

    Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director, acknowledged that the city has had issues and concerns with the organization in recent times, but he said he felt the agreement being proposed was a good one. The EDC, which strives to promote economic development in this area, has been in turmoil in recent times.

  • Guadalupita woman wins $200,000

    Submitted to the Optic

    A bad wind blew good fortune to a Guadalupita woman.

    Rebecca Leyba won $200,000 playing the New Mexico Lottery’s “Diamond Avalanche” Scratcher game.  

    She ended up with the winning ticket after she and her husband drove 50 miles to Las Vegas to replace windows broken in a windstorm. On their way home Monday, they stopped for gas and snacks.      

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 18, 2011

    Optic Staff and Wire

    West teacher on paid leave

    A West Las Vegas Middle School teacher has been put on administrative leave with pay, but the district isn’t saying why.
    Superintendent Ruben Cordova said the teacher was placed on administrative leave on Monday.
    Cordova said he couldn’t discuss specifics because it’s a personnel issue and is currently under investigation.

    Sipapu opens this weekend