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Today's News

  • Senate approves NNSA study

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — The Senate has approved New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall’s proposed study of ways to reform oversight of the nation’s nuclear facilities.
    The measure by Udall, a Democrat, and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., was added to the Senate’s defense authorization bill Tuesday.
    It would create an advisory panel to recommend ways to reform the National Nuclear Security Administration.
    In a joint statement, Udall and Kyl said they sponsored proposal “in light of major management issues, cost overruns and security breaches in recent years.”

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 7, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    State receives $25M grant
    SANTA FE — New Mexico will receive $25 million over four years to improve early childhood learning under a grant announced by the U.S. Department of Education.
    Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration said Thursday the state will use the federal money to ensure that children are ready to learn when they start kindergarten and to improve read skills of students from pre-kindergarten through the third grade.

  • HU’s Mariachi Vaqueros in concert on Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Mariachi Vaqueros de la Sierra presents a concert at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    The award-winning mariachi group will perform a variety of musical selections, including huapangos, rancheras, boleros and sones. The group will also perform a number of classic mariachi Christmas songs as well as arrangements of Christmas songs for mariachi.

  • Noticias - Dec. 7, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 7, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • The Interested Ladies of Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc. Toy Drive for the children of Las Vegas this Holiday Season. The donated toys will be distributed on Dec. 8. Donations boxes are located at Douglas Hall and the Student Center on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University for donations through Dec. 7. If you know of any children who would benefit from this toy drive or to donate, call (505) 340-9569 or email gao.nmhu@gmail.com.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 7, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER LEAK. Once again the city of Las Vegas has been battling a big leak in its water line, this one to the tune of an estimated 110 gallons a minute, or 158,000 gallons a day, when it was at its worst. That’s considerably worse than the last big leak, on the old Medite water line, last September.
    The same contractor that fixed the Medite line leak was brought in to fix the water treatment plant line. Here’s hoping for a long-term fix.

  • Dulcey Amargo - ‘Tis the season

    Thanksgiving is behind us, and we’re sated and, perhaps, overstuffed, but there’s more “stuff” and nonsense in the works.

    Christmas and New Year’s Day are on people’s minds, and so is the word “holidays.”

    And that they are, but there’s a bone of contention for some people when someone says, Happy Holidays.

    Well, they are holidays, and we want to be happy, but whatever happened to our “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and Mele Kalikimaka,” as my Hawaiian roommate, Betty Ganiko, taught me over 40 years ago? And we mustn’t forget Happy Hanukkah, either!

  • Nuestra Historia - Kistler’s Optic spurred racial divide

    In 1979, a century after Russell A. Kistler founded the Optic, beloved Optic editor Lois Beck wrote of her predecessor: “Kistler had unabashed contempt for all other racial and ethnic groups but his. ‘Mexicans’ were barely tolerated by him, positively not considered ‘Americans’ even after Kearny told them they were. This racial dementia was so much a part of him that he disclosed it unconsciously, as well as deliberately. No, Russell and I didn’t belong in the same century and certainly not in the same town.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 7, 2012

    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on low water levels in the Great lakes (Dec. 3) — As New York continues to clean up from a massive storm surge along its seaboard, residents along Lake Ontario are suffering the opposite problem: too little water. While state leaders lobbied Monday for federal funds to rebuild downstate, funds are already in hand for mitigation of low-level conditions like those in the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, they are not fully allocated. That must change.

  • Earthquake, drilling link prompts review

    The Associated Press
    DENVER — A new report says earthquakes in Colorado and elsewhere may have been caused by a drilling procedure to dispose of wastewater.
    In a report announced Wednesday, geophysicists say an increase in earthquakes on the Raton Basin in Colorado, northern New Mexico and elsewhere has been tied to disposal wells where oil and gas drilling wastewater is injected.
    Drilling companies use disposal wells to bury brine water and chemical waste that result from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.