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  • Weather - Dec. 20, 2013

    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Southwest wind 15-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming north in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.


  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 20, 2013

    It may have taken a while, but the city Christmas tree is finally up at the old Safeway parking lot, and the lights are up at Plaza and Carnegie parks. We thank Editha Bartley and her family for donating the gorgeous tree and we thank the city workers who finished putting up the holiday decorations around town. It finally feels like the holidays have arrived.


  • Nuestra Historia: Donnelly retires, regents oblivious

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 20, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Tips for a safe holiday shopping season

    By Ben White

    For the Optic

    With the holiday season in full swing, a growing number of people are expected to shop online with their computers and mobile devices. No matter how a customer chooses to shop — through online sites, mobile devices, telephone, or at the store — it is important to stick to your budget and safeguard your confidential information.

    To help manage your finances during the holidays, consider following these important guidelines:

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 20, 2013

    • Our Lady of Sorrows Posadas, 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20 at Gallinas, 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22 in Sapello, 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23 in Upper Rociada, and 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at Our Lady of Sorrows Religious Education Center.


  • ‘A Baroque Christmas’ starts tonight in Santa Fe

    Submitted to the Optic

    Santa Fe Pro Musica will present its holiday tradition, “A Baroque Christmas” today through Tuesday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. each evening at the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe.

    Winter is a time of celebration for families of many faiths. Gathering in the warmth of the fire, we tell stories and sing songs of the ages. Outside, the scent of chimney smoke lingers on the cool, crisp air, as the last leaves fall from the trees. In this atmosphere, we celebrate the passing of an old year and the coming of a new.

  • Noticias - Dec. 20, 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.

  • Putin to pardon oil tycoon

    By Nataliya Vasilyeva and Vladimir Isachenkov
    The Associated Press

    MOSCOW — Jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky will be pardoned, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Thursday in a surprise decision that will let his top foe and Russia’s formerly richest man out of prison after more than a decade.

  • Target: Accounts may be breached

    By Anne D’Innocenzio and Michelle Chapman
    AP Business Writers

    Target says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may be affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear.

    The chain said customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have had their accounts exposed. The stolen data includes customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the three-digit security codes located on the backs of cards.