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Today's News

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! AL-QAEDA TAKEN DOWN. It took nearly 10 years and two wars — one excruciatingly long and frustrating war, and other misguided and unnecessary — but Osama Bin Laden and a number of important Al-Qaeda leaders have been eliminated. And while the hate-filled ideologies of this band of terrorists may live on, the organization itself it just about dead. Call it justice, vengeance or whatever you like, the world is better off because the U.S. is winning the war against terrorism.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 9, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - The five faces of Montezuma

    After the nationwide economic panic of 1893, the lavish  Montezuma hotel and resort  closed, although several unsuccessful attempts were made during the next decade to revive the grand destination. Finally, in 1903, Montezuma closed its doors for good, no longer attracting the rich and famous, who were by then visiting other western resorts, and traveling abroad in luxurious steamships.

  • Just a Thought: Victims or heroes? The choice is yours

    “Honey, call 911. My flight’s been hijacked. I know we’re all going to die. I’m not giving up. We’re getting ready to do something. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.”

    These were the words spoken by 38-year-old Tom Burnett 3,000 feet in the air over the skies of Pennsylvania on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, to his wife, Deena, who was having breakfast at home in California. Tom was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93.

  • Horsing around
  • Que Pasa - Sept. 9, 2011

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • Sabor de Las Vegas starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Plaza Park. Nine restaurants are participating in this year’s taste of the town event. Other activities include live music and a salsa making contest at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.postcardsfromtheplaza.com.

  • Noticias - Sept. 9, 2011

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

    • Habitat for Humanity in Las Vegas is about to start a new house. They build affordable homes for low-income families. If you are interested in helping with the next house (or in some other way), contact them at  454-4434 or habitatlv @gmail.com. They are looking for volunteers of any skill level.

  • Richardson heads to Cuba

    By Paul Haven
    Associated Press

    HAVANA — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson arrived in Cuba on Wednesday to seek the freedom of a U.S. government subcontractor sentenced to 15 years in prison for bringing communications equipment to the island illegally.

    It was the first sign that intensifying calls for Maryland-native Alan Gross’ release might bear fruit after months of false hopes and bitter disappointment that have overwhelmed efforts at improved relations between the two Cold War enemies.

  • Analysis: Rural NM risks loss

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Rural New Mexico and part of the city of Albuquerque are on the political chopping block as lawmakers consider how to redraw boundaries of legislative districts to adjust for population changes during the past decade.

    Eastern and north-central portions of the state are at risk of losing representation in the Legislature because the region’s growth since 2000 has lagged behind statewide population increases. The same is true for central sections of Albuquerque.

  • Appointee to remain on board

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request by labor unions to oust Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointee to a board that enforces New Mexico’s collective bargaining law for government workers.

    Despite the court’s ruling, a legal tug-of-war over the Public Employee Labor Relations Board may not be over.