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Today's News

  • Teacher disciplined for Santa remark

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after a parent says the man told his black son that Santa Claus is white.

    Officials at the school in Rio Rancho, about 15 miles north of Albuquerque, said Saturday that the teacher recently was disciplined for his comments to the student, but they declined to say how.

    The move came after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 16, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 16, 2013

    Keep your child safe

    Child Safety Seat Fitting Station, 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Las Vegas Fire Station #1 at 604 Legion Drive. The fitting service is a public service available to everyone. For more information or to make an appointment, call 800-231-6145.
     

  • Weather - Dec. 16, 2013

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 56. North wind around 5 mph, becoming calm. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the evening.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind becoming south 5-10 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 33.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:04 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 16, 2013

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Child Safety Seat Fitting Station, 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Las Vegas Fire Station #1 at 604 Legion Drive. The fitting service is a public service available to everyone. For more information or to make an appointment, call 800-231-6145.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “I’ve Seen Santa!” by David Bedfordt. Free and open to the public.

  • HU students have strong showing at symposium

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University science students made a strong showing at the New Mexico Academy of Science and New Mexico EPSCoR annual symposium, presenting more research studies than any other university in the state for the second year in a row.

    The Highlands University science faculty and students presented 12 of the 24 oral research presentations and 12 of 27 research posters in November in Albuquerque at the symposium.

  • Noticias - Dec. 16, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 16, 2013
  • Resignation was justified

    It’s unfortunate to see an elected official forced out of office before the end of his term, but in the case of Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza it is long overdue.

  • Another Perspective — Helping people get insurance

    The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange is committed to getting as many individuals as possible enrolled in health insurance plans by Dec. 23, 2013 (the deadline for health insurance coverage effective January 2014).

    The federal website is improving, but our overriding concern now is time. Individuals who want and need insurance coverage beginning in January 2014 have two weeks to enroll.