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Today's News

  • Top stories of 2011

    It was, tragically, a year for deaths. Two worksite fatalities, at a city trench on the outskirts of town, took the lives of two city employees — Gene Hern and Frank Romero. And other well-known area residents lost their lives in multiple ways — Henry Sanchez to an apparent heart attack, Fabian Trujillo in a traffic accident, Sherry Anne Clancy in a brutal homicide, and Miranda Serna in a faraway plane crash.

  • Notable Quotables

    “If you want to have local people benefit from enhanced tourism and some of these activities, we have to help local people take advantage of that.” — Consultant Elmo Baca, in January, responding to the comment that people in Las Vegas don’t want to be another Santa Fe or Taos.

  • For New Mexico, 2011 was a year of extreme weather

    By Jeri Clausing
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was a year of extremes for New Mexico, with dramatic weather dominating the headlines from start to finish in 2011.

    The year began with a deep freeze that plunged the state into a subzero tundra for several days, leaving an estimated 32,000 homes and businesses without natural gas. The double whammy of record cold temperatures and the natural gas shortage cost insurance companies more than $55 million in claims.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 1. 2012

    In 2011

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 1, 2012

    Polar plunge at noon

    The 16th annual Polar Bear Plunge will take place at noon on New Year’s Day at Storrie Lake just north of Las Vegas. The public is invited to attend and, if you are so inclined, make the jump yourself.

  • Weather - Jan. 1, 2012

    New Year’s Day
    Sunny, with a high near 38. South wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 49. Mostly clear at night with a low around 24.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 54. Mostly clear at night with a low around 27.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 46. Mostly clear at night with a low around 27.

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

  • FYI - News - Jan. 1, 2012

    The San Miguel County Safe-Ride-Home Service is extending its hours. Additional days of operation will run through Saturday from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. New Year’s Eve hours will be 6 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Services are provided from any liquor establishment to your home. Call 505-429-0336.

  • Polar plunge
  • 2011 New Year Baby
  • Noticias - Jan. 1, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

    • Grief Support Group meeting from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Presbyterian Church. For more information, call Rosemary Pierson at 425-9299 or 425-7763.