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  • Vegan treats - Celebrity chef pushes healthy eating

    The smell of sautéed bell peppers, onions and garlic filled the air for a special cooking event on Monday evening.

    Celebrity chef Mark Anthony created a special vegan dinner for roughly 100. The event was held at Luna Community College.

    The menu included Southwest vegan cutlets, textured vegetable protein tacos, chile, watermelon and all the fixings.

    “It is very good and I’m going to try to make it at home,” said Dorothy Gonzales of Sapello.

  • Voters to decide two judge races

    Among the races voters in the Nov. 6 general election will decide are one for state Supreme Court justice and another for a Court of Appeals judge.

    The Supreme Court race pits Republican Paul Kennedy against Democrat Barbara Vigil. The Appeals Court race pits Republican J. Miles Hanisee against Democrat M. Monica Zamora.

    Kennedy and Hanisee are running as incumbents, having been selected by Gov. Susana Martinez to fill vacancies in the two courts.

  • MEChA hosting leadership event

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University MEChA is hosting the Difference: I AM Leadership Conference for college and high school students Friday and Saturday at Highlands.

    MEChA is a student organization at Highlands and stands for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlán. This is the first time the annual I AM Leadership Conference has been offered at Highlands.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 31, 2012

    In 1962

    Tuesday, Oct. 30. — During the week ending Saturday, the FFA Flight Service Station at the Las Vegas Airport reports the facility contacted 313 aircraft by radio, rendered 72 airport advisory services, had 34 flight plans filed, 34 pre-flight briefings made and 25 flight conditions messages sent.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 31, 2012

    Museum to hold Dia de los Muertos event

    The city of Las Vegas Museum will host a Dia de los Muertos event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday. Watch Martha Johnsen create an ofrenda as she explains its meanings and the messages. This event is free and open to all ages. For information, contact Kristin Hsueh at 426-3204.

  • Weather - Oct. 31, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 39. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon.  Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:22 a.m. to 6:06 p.m.

  • Optic staff wins 12 awards in press association contest

    Optic Staff and Wire

    SANTA ANA PUEBLO — The Las Vegas Optic won 12 awards this past Saturday during the 104th annual New Mexico Press Association convention.

    The 2011-12 NMPA APME Better Newspaper Contest awards were handed out at the Santa Ana Pueblo resort.

    The Optic’s Maria Sanchez walked away with six awards. She won both first and second place awards for web advertising and house advertising. She also took home second place awards for classified advertising and color advertising.

  • Candidates set to make history

    By Russell Contreras

    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It is lunch hour at Barelas Coffee House, in the heart of one of Albuquerque’s oldest Latino neighborhoods.

    Democratic House candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham weaves her way among the tables, searching for votes as waiters shuffle bowls of red chile and plates of enchiladas.

  • Ghoulish fun
  • Wilson struggles for traction

    By Jeri Clausing
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Heather Wilson is an experienced campaign scrapper who weathered five tough House races to keep a 10-year Republican hold on the swing district that represents most of the state’s largest city.

    But as she battles her successor for a prized election to New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat, she has had a hard time attracting the crossover voters she’ll need to help the GOP regain the coveted post.