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Today's News

  • Supreme Court rules against governor

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Legislation aimed at shoring up New Mexico’s unemployment compensation fund was reinstated this Wednesday when the state Supreme Court invalidated a partial veto by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The court said that the governor’s veto was unconstitutional because it removed one of the variables needed to calculate employer contributions beginning in January 2012. The result was “an unworkable piece of legislation,” the court said.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 19, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 19, 2011

    Hanukkah play is Thursday

    Hershel and The Hanukkah Goblins, a play by Mary Byers and story by Eric Kimmel will be performed at 7  p.m. this Thursday at the Newman Center, Eighth Street and Columbia Ave. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Dec. 19, 2011

    Monday
    Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 32. North wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. Snow showers likely at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. North wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

    Tuesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 34. West wind around 5 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20.

    Wednesday

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 19, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 21, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s books are “Rudolph Shines Again” by Robert L. May and “All I Want for Christmas / Lo unico que quiero para Navidad” by Rebecca Gomez. The theme for the month is “It’s Christmas Time in Las Vegas.” All programs are free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR

  • Reflections of Alice
  • Centennial celebrations planned by local museum

    Submitted to the Optic

    To commemorate the Centennial of New Mexico statehood in 2012 the museum will be offering programs each month. Under the general series Centennial Adventures there will be family programs called Crafting the Centennial and scholarly discussions called Museum Cafes.

  • Noticias - Dec. 19, 2011

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

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

  • A plan for Ojitos Frios

    It’s an unfortunate reality that water wells in the Ojitos Frios subdivision south of Las Vegas have been drying up for some time now. Years ago, residents said it was due to the city’s draw from Taylor Wells, and there’s still plenty of evidence to support that contention. But the city needs the water — it’s about 10 percent of its supply these days — and the rural property owners just north of Romeroville are the ones who must suffer.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 19, 2011