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  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 25, 2013

    Sobriety Ball
    Second Annual Sobriety Ball, 7 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Dec. 28 at El Burro Enterprise. Los Tropicales will provide musical entertainment for the evening. Donations are being sought for the event. To donate or for more information, call 505-617-5846 or 425-2687.

  • Weather - Dec. 25, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 40. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

    Sunny, with a high near 47. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunny, with a high near 51. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.

    Sunny, with a high near 53.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:08 a.m. to 4:54 p.m.

  • Offices, schools and banks closing for Christmas

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed in observance of the Christmas holiday.

  • Helping out
  • Noticias - Dec. 25, 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. 25, 2013

    • The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.
    • In observance of the Christmas holiday San Miguel County offices will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25. County offices will re-open on Thursday, Dec. 26.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 25, 2013
  • One Solitary Life

    Editor’s note: This initially ran in the Optic on Dec. 24, 2012:

  • Work of Art — Luminaria or farolito: That is the question

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the 2013 edition of Tradiciones.

    The question was: “What do you call those things you put a candle into and line your driveway with?” The answer was: “They’re luminarias, but in some places, they’re called farolitos.”

    Alas, but a once-and-for-all answer is not possible. Researching something like the difference between the two terms, which surface each Christmas season, isn’t a question of exhaustive sources; rather, it’s a matter of being selective:

  • Stu Clark: Revered holiday tradition turns 60

    Northern New Mexico’s beloved holiday hoops showcase celebrates 60 years on the hardwood this year.

    The Stu Clark Tournament tips off Thursday afternoon at New Mexico Highlands’ Wilson Complex. Passes are on sale for $12 a pop. In case you didn’t find one in your Christmas stocking, you can get them at the door.

    A quick look at each team, listed in order of day one’s matchups:

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