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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 29, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Bear in the Air” by Susan Meyers. Free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING and ONGOING

  • Noticias - Jan. 29, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.

  • Singer, activist Seeger dies in NY

    By Chris Talbott and Michael Hill
    The Associated Press

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Unable to carry his beloved banjo, Pete Seeger used a different but equally formidable instrument, his voice, to instruct yet another generation of young people how to effect change through song and determination two years ago.

    A surging crowd, two canes and seven decades as a history-sifting singer and rabble-rouser buoyed him as he led an Occupy Wall Street protest through Manhattan in 2011.

  • Obama seeking hike in minimum wage

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Challenging lawmakers to help him create greater economic opportunity, President Barack Obama planned to use his State of the Union address Tuesday to announce he’s raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour, underscoring a go-it-alone strategy in an election year critical to Democrats’ hopes for retaining Senate control.

  • States eyeing old-fashioned executions

    By Jim Salter
    The Associated Press

    ST. LOUIS — With lethal-injection drugs in short supply and new questions looming about their effectiveness, lawmakers in some death penalty states are considering bringing back relics of a more gruesome past: firing squads, electrocutions and gas chambers.

    Most states abandoned those execution methods more than a generation ago in a bid to make capital punishment more palatable to the public and to a judicial system worried about inflicting cruel and unusual punishments that violate the Constitution.

  • Making a difference

    It started modestly a scant six years ago as an organization to promote education and literacy in northern New Mexico. Today, it has grown manifold.
    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico just concluded its Sixth Annual Literacy Fair, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, and attendance and participation broke records, making Saturday’s fair the largest ever.
    The event drew 23 organizations, ranging from local service clubs to Carnegie and Donnelly libraries to public schools, Head Start, the Catholic Daughters and Books for Bikes.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 29, 2014
  • Work of Art - Seattle 27.6, Denver 22.6

    Do you think it’ll work? For this Super Bowl edition of Work of Art, I asked a number of athletes, employees of the City Recreation Center — people who follow football — to predict the winner and the final score of Sunday’s game.

    Surprisingly, only West Las Vegas High School junior Brandon Gallegos predicted anything close to a slaughter. Brandon picks the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Denver Broncos 42-24. And why does he choose the Seahawks? “I don’t like Denver.” That’s reason enough.

  • Yara wins class; Cards 4th

    Kenneth Yara’s individual championship and four other top-three performances helped the Robertson wrestling team capture fourth place in the 2014 Gene Gagliardi Invitational this past Saturday in Trinidad, Colo.

    Robertson finished with 127.5 team points. West Las Vegas and Pecos, both fielding just a few wrestlers, landed up 11th and 12th, respectively, in the 16-school event. The Colorado schools La Junta (204 points), Florence (165.5) and Dolores Huerta (157.5) took the top three spots.

  • Cowgirl track nabs Air Force title

    NMHU Sports Information

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The New Mexico Highlands women’s track and field team captured an event win (among NCAA Division II athletes) and added another NCAA provisional qualifier as the Cowgirls captured the Air Force Invitational title Saturday.

    After the weekend, head coach Bob DeVries kept things in perspective.