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Today's News

  • In Brief - Food - Nov. 23, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Turkeys heading to White House
    WILLMAR, Minn.  — Two Minnesota grown turkeys get an official send-off at Willmar High School on Monday before going to Washington to be pardoned by President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

    They come from a flock of 30 potential presidential turkeys raised and socialized by FFA members in Willmar.

  • Egg supplier dropped

    Derek Kravitz and Steve Karnowski
    The Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS — McDonald’s and Target dropped one of the nation’s largest egg suppliers after an animal rights group released an undercover video of the egg producer’s farms in three states.

  • City hires safety officer

    The city of Las Vegas has tapped a retired member of the Air Force to serve as its new safety officer, a position that has been in the spotlight since the trench collapse six months ago that claimed the lives of two city workers.

    Arturo Marlow begins his new job this week. The city is planning to pay him just under $37,000.

    His selection drew praise from members of the governing body, who were impressed with his credentials and voted unanimously during last Wednesday’s City Council meeting to approve his hiring.

  • Guadalupita native killed in crash

    Optic Staff and Wire

    The Oklahoma State University assistant women’s basketball coach killed in a plane crash Thursday was a native of Guadalupita in Mora County.

    Miranda Serna, 36,  and three others died when the small plane they were in crashed in steep terrain in central Arkansas.

    Serna played for the Mora Rangerettes during her junior high, freshman and sophomore years, said Albert Martinez, her former coach at Mora. He said she started for the Rangerettes her sophomore year.

  • Raising Awareness

    By the time Annette Leger found out she had lung cancer, she was already in Stage IV.

    The Las Vegas native who currently lives in Albuquerque had a cough that wouldn’t go away. Her primary care physician initially suspected asthma and gave her medication.

    Leger had asked for a chest X-ray, but was told it wasn’t necessary. She didn’t insist until later on when the cough persisted.

    “She got a chest X-ray and, boom, there it is,” said her brother Nicolas Leger.

  • Ready Pac salads recalled in NM

    The Associated Press

    IRWINDALE, Calif.  — Ready Pac Foods has recalled more than 5,000 cases of bagged salad because of a possible E. coli contamination.

    The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that the bagged romaine lettuce and salad mixes were distributed to 15 Western states, including New Mexico.

    The recall was issued by the Irwindale, Calif. company after a random government test showed contamination.

    The bagged salads have a sell-by date of Nov. 18.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 21, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, Nov. 18 — Already the arrangements for the annual mask ball to be given by the boys of the East Las Vegas Fire department on Jan. 1, are well under way and indications are that it will be the biggest and grandest affair in the history of the Meadow City fire department. At the last meeting of the firemen in the city hall on Nov. 7 committees were appointed, and the committee on arrangements, composed of Arthur Minnium, Dick Smith and James Lowe, immediately got busy and has already outlined the entire plan for the big dance.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 21, 2011

    Free Thanksgiving Dinner

    Take advantage of a free Thanksgiving dinner from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at El Sombrero Restaurant, 825 Mills Ave. Helen Rivera and her family have been providing the meal for more than a decade as a way to give back to the community.

  • Weather - Nov. 21, 2011

    Monday
    A chance of rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. West wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. North wind around 5 mph, becoming calm. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - News - Nov. 21, 2011

    Storrie Lake State Park will be closed this Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The park will re-open at 7 a.m. on Saturday. For questions or for more information, call 425-7278.

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    The offices of the Las Vegas Optic will also be closed Thursday and Friday and will reopen on Monday.