.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Weather - Jan. 27, 2012

    Friday
    A slight chance of rain showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. North wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. East wind around 10 mph, becoming south.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunday

  • FYI — Jan. 27, 2012

    The Las Vegas Community Water Board is sponsoring candidate forums next week focusing solely on water. The mayoral candidates forum will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The forum for all City Council candidates is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Both forums are at the Memorial Middle School lecture hall.

  • Obama wants fair shot for all Americans

    By Donna Cassata
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama delivered an election-year broadside to Republicans: Game on.

    The GOP, from Congress to the campaign trail, signaled it’s ready for the fight.

    In his third State of the Union address, Obama issued a populist call for income equality that echoed the Occupy Wall Street movement. He challenged GOP lawmakers to work with him or move aside so he could use the power of the presidency to produce results for an electorate uncertain whether he deserves another term.

  • License debate intensifies

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her allies face a tough first test in the Legislature over their proposal to stop New Mexico from granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

    The House Labor and Human Resources Committee is to consider the governor’s proposal Thursday and it’s expected to encounter strong opposition at the first hearing on the issue during this year’s legislative session.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! TERRIBLE TIMING. We understand the need to resolve certain legalities, once and for all, regarding the city’s new charter, but now?  Las Vegas councilor Andrew Feldman said the more he studied the new charter, which was passed by a majority of voters in 2000, the more he grew concerned, so now he’s ready to challenge it in court.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Jan. 27, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - New Mexico becomes a territory

    After 1846, New Mexico was under absolute U.S. military rule for almost five years. A limited civil government was appointed by whatever U.S. Army commander was in charge, following the departure of Gen. Stephen Watts Kearny. (After his invasion in Aug. 1846, Kearny stayed in New Mexico only 40 days, continuing his march west to occupy California, where he declared himself military governor in March 1847.)

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation

    The Daily Sentinel, Grand Junction, Colo., on tracking suspects with GPS technology (Jan. 23) — The U.S. Supreme Court demonstrated that the U.S. Constitution is flexible enough to handle 21st century, high-tech issues, but it is solid enough to protect citizens’ rights even when dealing with such issues.

    And by the way, the court did so unanimously.

    The court ruled that police must obtain a search warrant before using Global Positioning System technology to track a criminal suspect.

  • N.M.’s First Gentleman to attend literacy fair

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of  Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will host the fourth annual Literacy Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. The theme for this year’s event is “Reach for the Stars:  Read, Read, Read.”

  • Noticias - Jan. 27, 2012

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

    • Free 2012 Tax Returns – federal and state - will be prepared for low and middle-income taxpayers by Certified AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers. No complicated filings. Do not have to be retired or an AARP member to receive services. Seven days and evenings are scheduled at NM Highlands University, 903 Baca St. (at 9th Street) between Feb. 14 and April 14. Call for an appointment at 505-425-6261 or 479-466-5161.