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  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 30, 2011

    Polar plunge this Sunday

    Every year, for 15 years, a dedicated group has jumped into the frigid waters of Storrie Lake, often times alongside floating chunks of ice, to bring in the new year. This year, of course, is no exception. The 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place at noon on Sunday, New Year’s Day, at Storrie Lake just north of Las Vegas. The public is invited to attend and, if you are so inclined, make the jump yourself.

  • Weather - Dec. 30, 2011

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind around 5 mph.Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. West wind around 10 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24.

    New Year’s Day
    Sunny, with a high near 41. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Monday
    Sunny. High near 46 and a low around 24.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 30, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    U.S. targets laundering
    WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration has hit two men with sanctions for allegedly laundering money on behalf of Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.

    The move blocks any assets in the U.S. belonging to Lebanese-Colombian nationals Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly and Mohamad Zouheir El Khansa, and blocks Americans from doing business with them.

  • Book: Petraeus urged to quit

    By Kimberly Dozier
    AP Intelligence Writer

    WASHINGTON — Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus was urged to resign as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama’s decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider’s look at Petraeus’ 37-year Army career.

  • Unemployment claims rise

    By Christopher S. Rugaber
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week after three weeks of decline.

    Even with the gain, applications remained at a level consistent with modest hiring. And the broader trend over the past month suggests job growth could pick up further in the new year.

    Weekly applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 381,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

  • Two crowned as Miss Las Vegas and Miss San Miguel County

    Submitted to the Optic

    Kayla Gonzales, 18, won the title of Miss Las Vegas 2012 and DeAnna Jerge, 18, won the title of Miss San Miguel County 2012 at the 10th Annual Miss Las Vegas/Miss San Miguel County Scholarship Pageant.

    The pageant was earlier this month at West Las Vegas High School.

    Gonzales attends New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College. She sang “Better in Time” by Leona Lewis for her talent. She will promote a platform of Juvenile Diabetes “Fighting for a Cure” as Miss Las Vegas.

  • ‘Processed’ school foods criticized

    Las Vegas City School board member Gloria Lovato-Pacheco took a stand for healthful meals during a recent board meeting. She was the only “no” vote to award contracts for cafeteria food service products to several vendors.

    In doing so, she said she wants fewer processed items being served to the district’s students.

  • Santuario de Chimayo

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    CHIMAYO — They come in pain and in prayer, seeking cures and a cup of sand from a tiny adobe church called Chimayó.

  • Chief: HU police keeping log after all

    The chief of the New Mexico Highlands University police department  says that, although he hadn’t been aware of it until recently, his department had been maintaining a federally required crime blotter.

    Chief Donato Sena said a dispatcher is in the process of going through the log to ensure that it is complete.

    University officials had previously said that the blotter wasn’t being kept under Sena but that it had been kept under the previous police chief’s administration.

  • Highlands program gets accreditation

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The clinical psychology/counseling master’s program at New Mexico Highlands University received accreditation in November from the Masters Psychology Accreditation Council.

    Nationwide, only about 22 universities are accredited by the council, the sole accrediting entity in the United States for master’s degree programs in psychology.

    The American Psychological Association accredits only doctoral programs.