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  • Correction - News - Dec. 14, 2011

    Because of a production error, a small portion of the far left column of the Optic’s top stories ballot was cut off, making it difficult to read. The ballot is running again in this edition and will run in the upcoming weekend edition of the Optic.

  • Jail guard arrested after leaving kids alone

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Rio Arriba County jail guard suspected of drinking and abandoning his children inside a hotel room spent a few hours locked up after one of his kids called 911 seeking help.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports 30-year-old Isaac J. Maestas of Tierra Amarilla was arrested early Sunday at the Okhay Casino Resort north of Española and charged with three counts of child abuse or endangerment of his 9-, 4- and 2-year-old children.

  • Divisive 9-year Iraq war nears end

    By Ben Feller
    AP White House Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Eager to put the long and divisive Iraq war to rest, President Barack Obama declared Monday “those days are over” with the last American troops heading home, but he pledged the U.S. would remain committed to the fledgling government they leave behind. He and Iraq’s leader somberly saluted America’s war dead at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Coalition urges lawmakers to support federal jobs bill

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A coalition of elected officials, environmentalists and labor unions urged New Mexico’s congressional leaders on Monday to throw their support behind a federal jobs bill that could mean millions of dollars for water system improvements in the state.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 14, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Richardson buys vacation home

    CHATHAM, Mass.  — Former New Mexico governor and Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson and his wife have purchased a vacation home on Cape Cod for $1.67 million.

    Richardson and Barbara Flavin Richardson secured a $675,000 mortgage to purchase the 2,278-square-foot house in Chatham.

    Most of the cost is for the accompanying 36,200-square-foot pond-front lot.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 14, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Mouse Before Christmas” by Michael Garland. The theme for the month is “It’s Christmas Time in Las Vegas.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Robertson FFA going strong in various competitions

    By Miale Hoogerhuies, FFA Reporter and Sarah Goetsch, FFA President

    The Robertson FFA chapter has continued to earn  awards throughout 2011. At the New Mexico State FFA Convention held in June, 16 members excelled as they performed their leadership skills in various competitions.

    The Ag-Issues team placed fourth with the issue concerning the water shortage in Las Vegas. This team consisted of John Solano, Reyes Martinez, Megan Pino, Branden Goetsch, and Kartik Kumar.

  • Bewildering objections

    Obstructionism seems to be in vogue these days. In Washington, D.C., it nearly caused a financial collapse last summer when Republicans blocked, until the 11th hour, an action to raise the debt ceiling. And now, as the clock ticks down on a tax break for working Americans, Congress is at it again.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 14, 2011
  • Work of Art: Fighters followed a code

    It’s a great feeling when someone I know says he remembers the people I wrote about in a previous column.

    “You know this ‘Sopandas’ guy you mentioned? Well, he was my neighbor,” a childhood friend told me recently.