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  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 27, 2013

    THUMBS UP! A SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY
    There’s been no shortage of generosity this holiday season. Las Vegas police went door to door delivering toys and food baskets in several neighborhoods last week. Los Hermanos Motorcycle Club distributed countless toys to children on its own. The Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally Association also bought clothing and toys for needy children this year. And that’s just scratching the surface. We’re lucky to live in a community where people care about one another.

    THUMBS UP! A GOOD PICK

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 27, 2013
  • Just a Thought - This is the year I will keep my resolutions

    By Rick Kraft

    Submitted to the Optic

    When Alice in Wonderland was lost and came upon the Cheshire Cat in the tree she asked “Cheshire Puss, would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

    “I don’t much care where...” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

  • Nuestra Historia: Regents name Graham, HU students organize

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    It all started at La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe on Tuesday, May 19 1970. Meeting in a private room of the hotel’s second floor, the Highlands University Board of Regents named Charles Graham of Wisconsin to succeed Tom Donnelly as president of the university – and the momentous events which followed remain at once the darkest and brightest days in the history of Highlands University.

  • Avian spirit
  • Que Pasa - Dec. 27, 2013

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • Second Annual Sobriety Ball, 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Dec. 28 at El Burro Enterprise. Los Tropicales will provide musical entertainment for the evening. Donations are being sought for the event. To donate or for more information, call 505-617-5846 or 425-2687.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Noticias - Dec. 27, 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.

  • NMHU professor publishes ground-breaking research

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University anthropology professor Warren Lail published groundbreaking research that is the first to find evidence of human occupation of the Cimarron Archaeological District of northeastern New Mexico between A.D. 1415 and 1495.

    Lail used cutting-edge luminescent dating technology to analyze soil compacted in an ancient human cranium, providing key information that allows the remains to be repatriated with the Southern Ute Indian tribe.

  • Project may open in 2014

    The Associated Press

    SANTA TERESA — A $400 million Union Pacific railroad facility near a young New Mexico border town could open next year, according to the company.

    Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said Tuesday that construction near Santa Teresa is ahead of schedule and the facility could be operational in 2014. It had been slated to open in 2015.

  • Former Roswell police chief dies

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Al Solis, Roswell’s former police chief and the state’s former interim secretary of the Department of Corrections, died Monday, Roswell officials confirmed. He was 65 and had been battling cancer.

    Roswell City Manager Larry Fry said officials were informed that Solis died in Las Cruces. “He was certainly a man of integrity and had a long, distinguished career in law enforcement,” Fry said.