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  • Weather - Dec. 6, 2013

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as -7. South wind 10-15 mph. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -6. South wind around 15 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 25. South wind 15-20 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.


  • Pearl Harbor survivor thrives meeting visitors

    By Audrey McAvoy
    The Associated Press

    PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — Herb Weatherwax cruises the open-air grounds of the visitors center at Pearl Harbor on a motorized scooter dubbed “Herb’s Hot Rod.” When a woman notices his blue and white cap embroidered with the words “Pearl Harbor Survivor,” he coaxes her over.

  • Area man accused of rape

    A 62-year-old Mora County man accused of sexually assaulting another man was released from the San Miguel County Detention Center last week.

    Jason Brunson was released from jail on Nov. 26 after posting an appearance bond, according to online court records.

    He is facing charges of first-degree criminal sexual penetration, fourth-degree false imprisonment, a misdemeanor count of aggravated battery and a petty misdemeanor count of negligent use of a deadly weapon.

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  • Decking the Halls - Holiday Home Tour set for Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The holidays are fast approaching. What better way to get into the spirit of the season than to go on the Holiday Home Tour?

    The tour will be from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday. Homes on both sides of the river will be beautifully decorated for the season and will be ready to welcome visitors.  

    The tour includes two homes on the historic west side of Las Vegas, and five homes in “New Town.”

    This is the 12th anniversary of the tour organized by Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation.

  • Faulty motor forces school evacuation

    Students at Paul D. Henry Elementary got a short break on Monday morning after the school’s integrated fire system sounded.

    City of Las Vegas Fire Chief Philip Mares said an overheated heater motor caused the system to alarm. He stressed that no students were in danger, adding that they were evacuated safely.

  • Game spurs change in parade route

    With throngs of people expected to pack Cardinal Stadium for the state championship football game on Saturday, organizers of the  annual Electric Light Parade are making a slight change to the parade route.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 4, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Dec. 3 — Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals starting guard Lawrence Sandoval was the only area football player named to the Class AA North All-Star team. Class AA football champion Highland High School in Albuquerque, dominated the selections, with eight members being selected. Other teams placing at least one player on the all-star squad include Robertson, Santa Fe, Kirtland Central, Tucumcari, Belen, Farmington and Santa Fe St. Michael’s.

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 4, 2013

    Code Talker to be in Vegas Saturday
    Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 Navajo code talkers, will be in Las Vegas at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom. He will answer questions about his experiences in World War II and his role in developing the code that was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in the South Pacific. Judith Avila, co-author of his memoir, will also give a presentation.

  • Weather - Dec. 4, 2013

    Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Snow likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 17. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

    Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 17. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. A 40 percent chance of snow at night. Cloudy, with a low around 6.