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Today's News

  • A year of ‘fits and starts’ - Difficult second term for Obama

    By Julie Pace and Nancy Benac
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — It was a moment for Barack Obama to savor.

    His second inaugural address over, Obama paused as he strode from the podium last January, turning back for one last glance across the expanse of the National Mall, where a supportive throng stood in the winter chill to witness the launch of his new term.

    “I want to take a look, one more time,” Obama said quietly. “I’m not going to see this again.”

  • The frigid tradition continues

    Daredevils planning to take the plunge will run the gamut from the very young to septuagenarians. The New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge is expected to draw up to 200 participants and spectators, of all ages.

  • DWI crackdown planned for holiday

    The Associated Press
    Law enforcement agencies around New Mexico are planning to be out in full force, looking for suspected drunken drivers during the New Year’s holiday and beyond.

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation’s Holiday Superblitz continues through Jan. 5. Some local agencies have also planned enforcement actions through the end of January.

    As part of the Superblitz, state, local and tribal officers will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols as well as looking for other traffic violations.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 30, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Dec. 31 — Wertz Sporting Goods donated the Sportsmanship Trophy to Coach Nick DiDomenico of the Robertson High School Cardinals following the conclusion of the annual Stu Clark Tournament, won by Taos Central Catholic School. Taos High School received second place and Mora High School was third, following a 58-37 victory over the West Las Vegas Dons. Representing the sporting goods company was Bill Wertz, the store’s owner.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 30, 2013

    Land Grant trustees to meet Saturday
     The Board of Trustees of the Tecolote Land Grant will meet at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 at the Tecolote Community Center in Tecolote. Heirs are urged to attend. For more information, call Joe I. Herrera at 575-427-1141.
     

  • Weather - Dec. 30, 2013

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 47. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 22. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 4:57 p.m.

  • Many U.S. families losing jobless benefits

    By Amy Taxin and Christopher S. Rugaber
    The Associated Press

    The end of unemployment checks for more than a million people on Saturday is driving out-of-work Americans to consider selling cars, moving and taking minimum wage work after already slashing household budgets and pawning personal possessions to make ends meet.

    Greg and Barbara Chastain of Huntington Beach, Calif., put their two teenagers on the school lunch program and cut back on dining out after losing their T-shirt company in June following a dispute with an investor.

  • Noticias - Dec. 30, 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.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 30, 2013

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • The Las Vegas Optic office will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31 and will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Years.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Annual Polar Bear Plunge, noon on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Storrie Lake State Park off Highway 518, north of Las Vegas. This year the park will charge the regular entrance fee to participate in the plunge that will take place promptly at noon.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Let’s choose transparency

    If you’ve been keeping up with the issues that are likely to come up when the Legislature convenes in a few weeks, then you might have heard about a proposal to keep the names of applicants for key local government jobs secret.

    The New Mexico Municipal League approved a resolution in August, supporting such a change in state law.