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  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 12, 2014

    Clown Mass at St. Paul’s Peace Church

    A Clown Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Peace Church. The Mass will feature Uncle Billy’s Pocket Circus. The service will consist of a one-man show that includes fire-eating, juggling, magic and mime.

  • Weather - Dec. 12, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 5-10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. West wind around 10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.


  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 12, 2014

    Like you, we’ve been enjoying the two beautiful city Christmas trees that were put up in recent weeks at Plaza Park and the old Safeway parking lot on Douglas and Seventh. While we have thanked the city crews who put up and decorated the trees, we were remiss in not also thanking the Bartley family of Gascón for donating the evergreens. The trees were hand-picked and cut down by John Bartley, and he did a great job.


  • Editorial cartoons - Dec. 12, 2014
  • Another Perspective: Transparency is good for the economy

    By Susan Boe

    Day in and day out, the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is on the front lines, supporting the public’s right to know. FOG has been educating, advocating and litigating for transparency and accountability in our government for almost 25 years.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 12, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Plattsburgh Press-Republican, of Albany, NY, on new college campus policies on consenting to sexual encounters (Dec. 6):
    Maybe this will help. At least it’s a step in the right direction.
    For decades, college students had a wink and a nod governing their sexual conduct on and off campus. If the woman didn’t scream too loudly, convention said, it must have meant she approved of the groping male’s efforts.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 12, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Man arrested, kids recovered

    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal authorities in New Mexico say they’ve arrested an Albuquerque man and safely recovered safely two children who were kidnapped in Oklahoma City in July.
    The U.S. Marshals Service says the arrest and the recoveries occurred Wednesday in Albuquerque.
    Deputy Marshal James Badway says Vincent Armijo was arrested on a kidnapping warrant issued in Oklahoma and awaits extradition to that state.

  • Storm knocks out power

    By Martha Mendoza and Sudhin Thanawala
    The Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO — A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain.

    Waves slammed onto waterfronts, ferries were bound to their docks, many schools cancelled classes and the gusting winds had motorists tightly gripping their steering wheels on the Golden Gate Bridge, where managers created a buffer zone to prevent head-on collisions by swerving cars.

  • Obama swings huge spending bill

    By Andrew Taylor
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama swung behind a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill Thursday, giving it critical momentum as it headed toward likely passage later in the afternoon.

    The legislation narrowly cleared a procedural hurdle by a 214-212 vote, despite opposition from tea party Republicans over Obama’s immigration moves and Democrats angry over last-minute changes to bank regulations and looser rules on campaign spending.

  • ‘Clown Mass’ Sunday at St. Paul’s Peace Church

    Submitted to the Optic

    Uncle Billy’s Pocket  Circus comes to Las Vegas for a special appearance at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Peace Church. The service will consist of a performance of Uncle Billy’s Pocket Circus, a one-man show consisting of fire eating, juggling, magic, and mine the church’s pastor, Tom Woodward, has performed in nearly every state as well  as in South America and Europe followed by a clown or fool’s vision of the service of the Holy Communion.