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Today's News

  • Two nominated to board

    By Julie Pace
    The Associated Press

    HONOLULU — A vacationing President Barack Obama has nominated a Harvard University professor and a former Treasury official under President George H.W. Bush — a Democrat and a Republican — to the Federal Reserve Board.

    In a statement from Hawaii where he is vacationing with his family, Obama praised Jeremy Stein and Jerome Powell for agreeing to serve his administration at a critical moment for the U.S. economy.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 28, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 28, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is  Frosty’s New Friends based on the character and original song lyrics by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. 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

  • Sanchez challenges Vegas

    Submitted to the Optic

    Leveo Sanchez has issued a “Challenge Grant” to the Las Vegas community that could go as high as $10,000. The funds will support MainStreet de Las Vegas to implement projects for 2012. Every dollar received in memberships and donations will be matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $10,000. Contributions of any size will count. Donations are fully tax deductible, as MainStreet is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit corporation.

  • Power plays out in 2012

    The year that’s about to end has been tumultuous both nationally and internationally. In the Middle East, revolutions took seed, sometimes toppling entrenched powers within a matter of weeks, and setting off a global reaction. On every continent there has been protests over one apparent injustice or the other.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 28, 2011
  • Work of Art: Ignorance is not bliss

    It’s a pity to be guilty of what I condemn, but just a few weeks after criticizing the “ignorance is bliss” stance of some people, particularly politicians, I find myself having done the same thing.

    Let me explain.

  • Stu Clark opens today

    Unlike some recent editions, this year’s 58th annual Stu Clark Tournament figures to have ideal weather for a strong turnout at the Wilson Complex.

    No major snow is in the forecast this week, meaning roads should be clear, making for easy travel to and from the event. And the nippy temperatures simply make the warm Highlands gym all the more inviting.

    Still, one of the Stu Clark Tournament’s most distinguished and loyal fans won’t be in attendance.

  • Brees breaks Marino mark for season passing yards

    By Brett Martel
    AP Sports Writer

    NEW ORLEANS — Quite a night for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints — a record and a rout.

    Brees set the NFL record for yards passing in a season, breaking a mark that Dan Marino had held for nearly three decades, and New Orleans clinched the NFC South title with a 45-16 victory over the Falcons.

    Brees threw for 307 yards and four touchdowns, the last a 9-yard strike to Darren Sproles that set the record with 2:51 to go.

  • NFL 2011: Good, bad and ugly

    By Barry Wilner
    AP Pro Football Writer

    With one week to go in the post-lockout season, it’s not too early to look at the success stories and utter failures of the NFL.

    Celebrations are warranted in Houston, Detroit and San Francisco. In Denver and Cincinnati, too — even if their teams don’t make the playoffs.

  • MMS girls wrap successful fall

    Submited to the Optic

    The Memorial Middle School seventh grade girls’ basketball team completed its season with a couple of road wins at Raton and Mora.

    Defense and balanced scoring have been the Lady Cardinals’ trademark all season and this last weekend was no exception. The seventh graders defeated the Lady Tigers 47 to 4.