Today's News

  • Weather - Nov. 9, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. South wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23. South wind around 10 mph, becoming west.

    Sunny, with a high near 51. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.

  • Congress sputters on cuts, spending bills

    By Andrew Taylor
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — A sputtering Congress enveloped in an atmosphere poisoned with politics and distrust enters its final weeks of the year struggling to complete a lengthy to-do list on the budget.

    The so-called deficit supercommittee is hung up over taxes, raising real doubts it will succeed in its assignment of cutting deficits by at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade.

  • Appeals court upholds law

    By Nedra Pickler
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON— A conservative-leaning appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law, as the Supreme Court prepares to consider this week whether to resolve conflicting rulings over the law’s requirement that all Americans buy health care insurance.

  • Jungle Book production today at Ilfeld Auditorium

    Submitted to the Optic

    The State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, Calif., will perform the Jungle Book ballet at 7:30 pm. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 in New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The auditorium is at 900 University Ave.

    The State Street Ballet is an acclaimed ballet company with a cast of dancers that tours throughout the United States as well as internationally.  

    The company is known for its innovative choreography and unique style.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 9, 2011

    • Public Meeting for the Chacon Post Office,  6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Tilford Memorial Building in Chacon, N.M. For more Information, contact: Sharon Stewart  at 575-387-2320.

    • Search and Rescue will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the Professional Health Care Annex, 1931 Seventh, across from the Forest Service Office.

  • Noticias - Nov. 9, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.

    • The Las Vegas / San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting entries for the Electric Light Parade, the theme is “Christmas in Candyland.” Organizations that would like their events to be included in the Chamber Holiday Poster and Newsletter are asked to submit their program as soon as possible.  Parade float applications, event submission forms and volunteer sign up roster are at the Chamber of Commerce 1224 Railroad Ave. 425-8631.

  • Paying the consequences

    Last week’s determination by the state Occupational Health and Safety Bureau regarding the fatal deaths of Las Vegas city employees Frank Romero and Gene Hern should not be a surprise. Central to OHSB’s accusations is that that was no shoring along the edges of the deep trench — something that a union representative pointed out the day the tragedy occurred.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 9, 2011
  • Work of Art Little has changed

    Several years ago, in the pre-911 era, before we needed to open up our world to the TSA, in the name of Homeland Security, we almost missed our flight to Orlando, Fla.

    Back then, there were none of those interminable lines of people ordered to remove their shoes or subject themselves to touchy-feelie pinching, patting, probing, poking and prodding. So, though my crew arrived too late to check our bags — we needed to tote them all the way to our destination — we were allowed on the plane, even with our bazookas, pipe bombs and jumbo bottles of lotion.

  • Robertson is No. 7 seed, hosts Portales Saturday

    In a rematch of their season opener, the Robertson Cardinals will begin the Class 3A state football playoffs against Portales.

    Kickoff is 2 p.m. Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 for students and seniors.

    The Cardinals (5-5) enter the playoffs as the No. 7 seed after being ranked as high as second or third early in the year. But RHS is riding a three-game winning streak, having breezed through the District 2-3A schedule, and is one of the hotter teams in 3A.