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Today's News

  • Weather - Dec. 30, 2013

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 47. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 22. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 4:57 p.m.

  • Many U.S. families losing jobless benefits

    By Amy Taxin and Christopher S. Rugaber
    The Associated Press

    The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

    Greg and Barbara Chastain of Huntington Beach, Calif., put their two teenagers on the school lunch program and cut back on dining out after losing their T-shirt company in June following a dispute with an investor.

  • Noticias - Dec. 30, 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.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 30, 2013

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • The Las Vegas Optic office will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Years.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Annual Polar Bear Plunge, noon on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Storrie Lake State Park off Highway 518, north of Las Vegas. This year the park will charge the regular entrance fee to participate in the plunge that will take place promptly at noon.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Let’s choose transparency

    If you’ve been keeping up with the issues that are likely to come up when the Legislature convenes in a few weeks, then you might have heard about a proposal to keep the names of applicants for key local government jobs secret.

    The New Mexico Municipal League approved a resolution in August, supporting such a change in state law.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 30, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Can immigration save the GOP?

    By Bill Richardson and Eric P. Serna

    Submitted to the Optic

    As Democrats, it has been interesting to watch the GOP battle — not us — but each other as they try to save their Republican brand. In a giving spirit of the season, we offer a couple observations to our friends across the aisle.

  • Atrisco, Ortega win Stu

    One prodigal son prevailed against another in the 60th annual Stu Clark Tournament.

    Adrian Ortega, who grew up — and honed his basketball craft — in Las Vegas, guided his Atrisco Heritage Academy Jaguars to a stirring 61-54 win over Central High of Phoenix on Saturday night at the Wilson Complex. The Bobcats, a rare out-of-state team to play in the Stu, are coached by another Meadow City native, Darren Bustos.

  • 2013: Year in sports

    The Associated Press

    The only thing that keeps LeBron James up worrying at night is basketball, which simultaneously makes perfect sense and no sense.

    On one hand, he’s the game’s best player.

    On the other, he’s rarely impressed with himself.

  • WLV, RHS girls win on road

    Highlights from weekend games involving area teams:

    • West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team handled Wingate 67-57 on the road Friday. Junior varsity and freshman teams also won for the Lady Dons.

    • Robertson’s girls made it to the consolation final of the Roswell holiday tournament. After losing by a deuce to Class 4A Goddard (57-55) on Thursday, the Lady Cardinals won 54-50 against Hatch Valley on Friday. Saturday’s score was unavailable.