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  • Weather - Jan. 4, 2013

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Wind chill values as low as zero. South wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 14. Southwest wind around 10 mph, becoming north in the evening.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 39. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 16.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 43. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:11 a.m. to 5:01 p.m.

  • FYI - Jan. 4, 2013

    San Miguel County will hold a public hearing from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the San Miguel County Commission Chambers, 500 W. National Ave., to solicit public input on the formulation of a proposed ordinance relating to oil and gas drilling and exploration in San Miguel County.

  • Singer Patti Page dies at 85

    By Chris Talbott
    AP Music Writer
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.  — Unforgettable songs like “Tennessee Waltz” and “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window?” made Patti Page the best-selling female singer of the 1950s and a star who would spend much of the rest of her life traveling the world.
    When unspecified health problems finally stopped her decades of touring, though, Page wrote a sad-but-resolute letter to her fans late last year about the change.

  • Taking the Oath
  • Que Pasa - Jan. 4, 2013

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • The Board of Trustees of the Tecolote Land Grant will hold its monthly meeting at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Tecolote Community Center.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Noticias - Jan. 4, 2013

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

  • Preparing for competition
  • Sandy Hook kids face first classes

    By Dave Collins
    The Associated Press

    MONROE, Conn. — The youngsters who survived the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary returned to class Thursday for the first time since the shooting rampage, settling in at their old, familiar desks but in a different school in a different town.

    Classes resumed for the first time since last month’s shooting in Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

  • In Brief - Education - Jan. 4, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Museum to keep doors open
    SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Children’s Museum has announced it raised enough money to keep its doors open.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the museum said in September it would have to shut down due to budget shortfalls unless it could raise about $200,000 by year’s end.
    As 2012 came to a close, the museum announced it had raised about $220,000, with more donations still flowing in.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 4, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! RIDICULOUS GOVERNING. Last year there was the debt ceiling, approved in the 11th hour in a way to create a “fiscal cliff” for Jan. 1, 2013. Then came the fiscal cliff itself, and Congress dodged it in the 13th hour — actually taking the cushion of a federal holiday (New Year’s Day) to approve an alternative to wrecking the economy. And now we’ll have to face another round of gridlock in the weeks ahead as the nation approaches yet another debt ceiling.