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  • Looking Back - Dec. 14, 2012

    In 1963

    Friday, Dec. 14 — Help for the Needy Club, with 102 families now listed as in need, has arranged to register more families in need Saturday at the old Armory Building, Mrs. Vicente Armijo announced today. Among the needy families the club is trying to help is a family to be evicted today because they cannot pay their rent. This family consists of a father who recently underwent surgery, a mother who is momentarily expecting another child, and seven children, all under 10 years of age. When visited, the family had no food or heat in the house.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 14, 2012

    Winter Solstice Ceremony is Sunday

    The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is sponsoring a Winter Solstice Ceremony at 5 p.m. this Sunday at Dwan Light Sanctuary on the United World College - USA campus in Montezuma. The event is open to the public.

  • Weather - Dec. 14, 2012

    A chance of rain showers. Thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Windy, with a south wind 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers at night, with a low around 27. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers today and tonight. Partly sunny, with a high near 40 and a low around 22.  


  • Couple dies hours apart

    The Associated Press

    MEYERSDALE, Pa.  — Barry Werner says his mother always put his father first during their 65-year marriage, but that changed earlier this week.

    On Tuesday, LaVerne Werner died at the southwestern Pennsylvania personal care home. About 12 hours later, Robert Werner followed.

    “They did everything together,” Werner told the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown. “They didn’t always agree with each other, but if one went, the other was going to follow soon.”

  • Free-throw contest scheduled for Sunday at Marr Gym

    Submitted to the Optic

    Youngsters from the community are invited to take part in a free-throw shooting contest Sunday in town.

    The Las Vegas Elks Lodge Annual Hoop Shoot will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Robertson High School’s Mike Marr Gym.

    The free-throw contest is open to boys and girls, ages 8 to 13. There are six age groups in the competition: boys age 8-9, girls age 8-9, boys age 10-11, girls age 10-11, boys age 12-13 and girls age 12-13.

  • Husband charged in shooting

    A 23-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested Sunday night after he shot his wife in the face, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    The shooting occurred on the 2300 block of Calle Contenta, on the city’s north side, at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Montaño said Michael Urioste shot his wife, Christina Urioste, in the face with a handgun. He told authorities the shooting was an accident.

  • City crews tackle cleanup

    An eyesore that has plagued the city for years met its match last week.

    On Thursday morning, crews from the city of Las Vegas Showed up at Tony Ortega’s Pecos Street property to clean up the lot, which was full of debris.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the city has been working for several years on getting Ortega to clean the property, to no avail.

    “It got to a point where we actually had to mobilize city crews to get out there and clean it up,” Dodge said.

  • Winter’s Debut
  • Campos nominated for key Senate post

    Optic Staff and Wire

    State Senate Democrats have nominated Sen. Pete Campos for the top position in the body.

    The nomination came Sunday at a closed-door caucus meeting in Belen.

    Campos, a Las Vegas Democrat, defeated three others in the contest to replace Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, who recently lost his re-election bid after being targeted by Gov. Susana Martinez and the political action committee she controls.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 12, 2012

    In 1962