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  • Weather - Sept. 23, 2011

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 46. Southeast wind around 5 mph, becoming calm.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 80. North wind around 5 mph, becoming southwest. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 46.

    Monday

  • FYI - News

    About 17 of the city’s fire hydrants will be flow tested today, Sept. 23, as part of an Insurance Services Office inspection of fire protection in the community. The outcome of the inspection affects property insurance rates in the area, and city Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the hydrant testing needs to get done despite the Stage IV water restrictions.

  • Shining bright
  • Freed prisoners trek home

    By Brian Murphy and Saeed Al-Nahdy
    The Associated Press

    MUSCAT, Oman — After more than two years in Iranian custody, two Americans convicted as spies took their first steps toward home Wednesday as they bounded down the steps of a private jet and into the arms of family for a joyful reunion in the Gulf State of Oman.

    The families called this “the best day of our lives” and President Barack Obama said their release was “wonderful news.”

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 23, 2011

    From The Associated Press
     

    House kills funding bill

    WASHINGTON  — In a rebuke to GOP leaders, the House on Wednesday rejected a measure providing $3.7 billion for disaster relief as part of a bill to keep the government running through mid-November.

    The surprise 230-195 defeat came at the hands of Democrats and tea party Republicans.

  • Holiday spending expected to increase

    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Retailers just got an early Christmas gift: Americans are expected to spend more than they did last year during the holidays.

    Retail sales in November and December are expected to be up 3 percent during what is traditionally the biggest shopping period of the year, research firm ShopperTrak said Tuesday.

  • Bear-y busy days of summer

  • Bear safety tips

    Special to the Optic
    RURAL LIVING
    • Garbage – Store it in closed, sturdy cans kept inside a sturdy metal shed or garage. Do not put out garbage the night before a scheduled pickup. Periodically, clean cans with hot water and bleach.
    • Pet food – Feed pets indoors. Store food in sturdy metal cans inside a secure shed or garage. Make sure your garage door is closed at night.

  • Ex-mayor, coach dead at 74

    Henry O. Sanchez, the legendary high school and college basketball coach who was elected mayor of his adopted city on his first try has died. He was 74.

    Sanchez, who served as mayor of Las Vegas from 2002 until 2008, died of an apparent heart attack Monday afternoon at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, according to friends.

    “What I understand, he checked himself into the hospital around noon and died around 4 p.m.,” said longtime friend Jesse Gallegos.

    Services were pending as of press time.

  • Opposite Day