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  • Looking Back - Dec. 16, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, Dec. 16 — Margarito Romero and Max Nordhaus have agreed to furnish the material and the Territorial Good Roads commission has volunteered to donate the labor for making a necessary improvement on the scenic highway. At the highest point on the road, overlooking the furthest ice house, a high fence of heavy material will be erected. This will make the only dangerous part of the road much safer and will be a saving on the nerves of some of the drivers who use the highway.

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 16, 2011

    Youth theater group performing

    “Reflections of Alice,” an original play created by Clearly Confused Productions will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Robertson High School bandroom. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors, children under 12 and students with a valid ID.

  • Weather - Dec. 16, 2011

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 18. North wind around 5 mph
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    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. West wind around 5 mph, becoming south. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunday
    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.

  • Western states edging toward recovery

    By Cristina Silva
    The Associated Press

    A new report says unemployment is down across six Western states and the region’s housing market is no longer in a free fall in the latest signs that the West’s economy is recovering.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 16, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Dec. 6 and Dec. 13:
    Michael Maestas, 27, positive UA
    Michael Shivers, 50, battery on a household member, interference with communication, larceny
    Carlos Trujillo, 29, failure to appear on a suspended/ revoked driver’s license charge
    Kathy Bigfeather, 38, battery
    Eugene Archuleta, 29, failure to pay fines for littering
    Josephine Tafoya, 35,  larceny

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 16, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Lawmaker assailed for comment
    SANTA FE — A black Democratic state representative is under fire after she called New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez a “Mexican” during a heated exchange with a Republican state lawmaker.

    Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton made the comment Wednesday during a State Capitol committee meeting break where she accused Rep. Nora Espinoza of “carrying the Mexican’s water on the fourth floor.”

  • Middle class shrinking

    By Hope Yen
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.

    The latest census data depict a middle class that’s shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government’s safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families.

  • Theater group putting on first performance

    Submitted to the Optic

    “Reflections of Alice,” an original play created by Clearly Confused Productions, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday in the band room at Robertson High School.

    The play is a different perspective of Alice, taking themes from the books “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through The Looking Glass.”

  • Ojitos Frios still struggling

    Jack and Betty Thompson had planned to live out their golden years in the peaceful Ojitos Frios subdivision surrounded by good neighbors, beautiful views and tranquility.

    That was before their well ran dry.

    Before the value of their home plummeted to next to nothing.

    Before their neighbors started abandoning their homes.

  • Challenging cleanup

    City of Las Vegas crews spent Thursday and part of Friday cleaning out three properties on the 800 block of Pecos Street as part of the ongoing effort to tackle nuisance properties throughout the city.

    The adjoining properties — 803, 805 and 807 Pecos Street — were piled high with debris, and covered in animal feces and rodent droppings, said City Attorney Dave Romero.