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  • Noticias - Dec. 31, 2012

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

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 31, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Hiking fees being waived
    SANTA FE — New Mexico State Parks will be waiving fees at several parks on New Year’s Day and offering guided hikes as part of a national initiative to get people to start 2013 outdoors.
    The so-called First Day Hikes will be offered at Bottomless Lakes, Leasburg Dam, City of Rocks and Rockhound parks in southern New Mexico.
    Cerrillos Hills State Park near Santa Fe and Sugarite Canyon State Park in northeastern New Mexico will also be waiving fees and offering New Year’s Day hikes.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 31, 2012

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Jan. 2 —Following the completion of the “Stu” Clark basketball tournament, several of the late coach’s “boys” got together for a group photograph: Joe “Mayo” Armijo, West Las Vegas coach; Gilly Lopez, former Dons coach; Timmy Solano Jr., West Las Vegas athletic director; Tony Serna, West Las Vegas Junior High principal; Tony L. Lovato, Robertson High School coach; Dr. Bob Henry, Las Vegas dentist; Nick Di Domenico, Immaculate Conception School Coach; and Ernest Abreu, St. Michael’s High School coach.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 31, 2012

    Safe Ride Home service extended
    The San Miguel County Safe Ride Home service will extend its hours of operation during the holidays. Days of operation will include Dec. 26 through Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Service will still operate Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Services are provided from any liquor establishment to your home in the Las Vegas area. Call 505-429-0336 for a ride.

  • Weather - Dec. 31, 2012

    Monday
    A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy with a high near 33. West wind 10-15 mph. Monday night, a 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

    New Year’s Day
    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Tuesday night, a 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

    Wednesday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Partly cloudy at night with a low around 14.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny with a high near 33.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 4:58 p.m.

  • Looking back, looking ahead

    For this final edition for 2012, we didn’t go by our usual template. Instead of ranking the top 10 stories of the year, as we’ve done through most of the 2000s, we created an entire year-in-review section that includes a narrative, written by our managing editor, encompassing the biggest stories in no particular order. We hope you’ll find it an enjoyable and informative read.

  • Editor's Note - Predictions for the new year

    Of course this isn’t very creative — pundits far and wide love to spell out our future with the onset of each new year — but indulge me anyway, as I offer up some predictions of my own:

    Weather will continue to be a big story in 2013 — internationally, nationally and locally. Across the nation, there will be lots of extreme weather events: killer tornadoes in the South, superstorms along the eastern coastlines and oppressive heat and drought all over. An angry god won’t be the cause of it all; the onset of climate change will.

  • Penn State tops list of stories

    By Rachel Cohen
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW YORK — The Penn State child sex abuse scandal was selected as the sports story of the year by U.S. editors and news directors in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.
    The news broke in November 2011, with a grand jury report outlining charges against Jerry Sandusky, and the outrage that followed led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno. But the aftershocks were felt long into 2012: Sandusky was convicted in June of assaulting 10 boys, and the NCAA handed down brutal sanctions in July.

  • Olympians Phelps, Douglas shined

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer
    Now that he’s away from the pool, Michael Phelps can reflect — really reflect — on what he accomplished.
    Pretty amazing stuff.
    “It’s kind of nuts to think about everything I’ve gone through,” Phelps said. “I’ve finally had time to myself, to sit back and say, ‘... that really happened?’ It’s kind of shocking at times.”
    Not that his career needed a capper, but Phelps added one more honor to his staggering list of accomplishments Thursday — The Associated Press male athlete of the year.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Dec. 31, 2012

    Monday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Tuesday
    No local sporting events scheduled

    Wednesday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • West Las Vegas girls (A,B,C) at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos
    Thursday
    Basketball
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Metro State, 5 and 7 p.m., Denver
    • Mora boys and girls at Northern Rio Grande tournament, TBA, Jacona
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) vs. Ruidoso, 1 p.m., Mike Marr Gym