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  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 7, 2012

    Holiday tour is Saturday

    The Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation is holding its 11th annual holiday tour from 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the CCHP office, 116 Bridge St. Refreshments will be served at the office starting at 4:30 p.m.

  • Weather - Dec. 7, 2012

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 15-20 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunday
    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5.

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 44 and a low around 16.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:57 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.

  • $250K approved for furniture

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A state board led by Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Wednesday to provide part of the money needed to furnish a new district courthouse in Santa Fe, but it’s possible the $60 million building will sit vacant for months before judges and other court workers can move in next year.

  • Senate approves NNSA study

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The Senate has approved New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall’s proposed study of ways to reform oversight of the nation’s nuclear facilities.
    The measure by Udall, a Democrat, and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., was added to the Senate’s defense authorization bill Tuesday.
    It would create an advisory panel to recommend ways to reform the National Nuclear Security Administration.
    In a joint statement, Udall and Kyl said they sponsored proposal “in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years.”

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 7, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    State receives $25M grant
    SANTA FE — New Mexico will receive $25 million over four years to improve early childhood learning under a grant announced by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration said Thursday the state will use the federal money to ensure that children are ready to learn when they start kindergarten and to improve read skills of students from pre-kindergarten through the third grade.

  • HU’s Mariachi Vaqueros in concert on Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Mariachi Vaqueros de la Sierra presents a concert at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    The award-winning mariachi group will perform a variety of musical selections, including huapangos, rancheras, boleros and sones. The group will also perform a number of classic mariachi Christmas songs as well as arrangements of Christmas songs for mariachi.

  • Noticias - Dec. 7, 2012

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

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 7, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • The Interested Ladies of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. Toy Drive for the children of Las Vegas this Holiday Season. The donated toys will be distributed on Dec. 8. Donations boxes are located at Douglas Hall and the Student Center on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University for donations through Dec. 7. If you know of any children who would benefit from this toy drive or to donate, call (505) 340-9569 or email gao.nmhu@gmail.com.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 7, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER LEAK. Once again the city of Las Vegas has been battling a big leak in its water line, this one to the tune of an estimated 110 gallons a minute, or 158,000 gallons a day, when it was at its worst. That’s considerably worse than the last big leak, on the old Medite water line, last September.
    The same contractor that fixed the Medite line leak was brought in to fix the water treatment plant line. Here’s hoping for a long-term fix.

  • Dulcey Amargo - ‘Tis the season

    Thanksgiving is behind us, and we’re sated and, perhaps, overstuffed, but there’s more “stuff” and nonsense in the works.

    Christmas and New Year’s Day are on people’s minds, and so is the word “holidays.”

    And that they are, but there’s a bone of contention for some people when someone says, Happy Holidays.

    Well, they are holidays, and we want to be happy, but whatever happened to our “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and Mele Kalikimaka,” as my Hawaiian roommate, Betty Ganiko, taught me over 40 years ago? And we mustn’t forget Happy Hanukkah, either!