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Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The joy of sharing holiday stories

    That big calendar on the wall notes it is almost time to cook that Thanksgiving dinner. How time flies when one is having fun! I bumped into an old friend just the other day, and our talk turned to the holidays, the foods and traditions we all grew up with.

  • Quilting students donate to CASA

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College quilting and sewing students will be donating pillows, pillow cases and stuffed animals to children who are with the Court Appointed Special Advocate program in Las Vegas.

    “This is the second year we do this,” said LCC Quilting and Sewing Instructor Lin Chibante. “Last year we gave 18 pillow sets to CASA; our goal is to give them 80 to 100 this year.”

    Chibante said that the reason for the dramatic increase is to ensure that every child receives a pillow set and a stuffed animal.

  • LCC’s Ridgeway shines at conference

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Rachel Ridgeway is already making a name for herself in the field of science. One day, Ridgeway may become a household name.

    Ridgeway, a 2011 Robertson High graduate, is a physical science major at Luna Community College. Recently, Ridgeway won third place for her poster presentation, entitled “Surfactant Free Emulsion” at the 2012 Annual New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation Research Conference at New Mexico State University.

  • New CSU chief requests pay cut

    From The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — The California State University board of trustees on Wednesday approved a $380,000 salary for the system’s incoming chancellor that included a 10 percent pay cut at his request.

    The board had been set to approve the administration’s recommended salary of $421,500 for Timothy P. White, the current president of Cal State-Riverside who is slated to replace retiring Chancellor Charles Reed on Dec. 31. The amount was the same that Reed currently earns.

  • Bealls among stores open Thanksgiving night

    Wal-Mart isn’t the only store inviting shoppers to start their Black Friday shopping early.

    Bealls Department Store will be open from 8 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving, giving shoppers an early opportunity to take advantage of deals and giveaways typically reserved for Black Friday, according to a news release from the store’s parent company.

    Bealls will re-open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday with additional door busters and giveaways.

  • Holiday shopping season starting early

    By Anne D’Innocenzio
    AP Retail Writer

    NEW YORK — Attention frustrated Black Friday shoppers who can never grab that hot product: Wal-Mart is hoping to relieve some of that anxiety.

    The world’s largest retailer is throwing its doors open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, two hours earlier than a year ago. It’s also guaranteeing shoppers that it will have three of the most popular items it sells if they line up inside the store during a one-hour event that day.

  • Survey: Families at odds over financial planning

    By Mark Jewell
    AP Personal Finance Writer

    BOSTON — Thanksgiving could be an opportune time to talk turkey about family finances, rather than merely eat the bird and prepare for the next big holiday. A detailed discussion could prove to be worthwhile, given the strong likelihood that older parents and their adult children have conflicting expectations about issues such as elder care, retirement security and inheritance.

  • Odor forces evacuation, again

    A mysterious rotten-egg odor once again prompted the evacuation of Memorial Middle School on Monday, the second time in six days that the Las Vegas City Schools District has resorted to the extraordinary measure.

    Several students complained on Monday that the odor was giving them headaches and stomach aches, and one staff member even went home sick. Some even called their parents to pick them up; however, only one student met with the school nurse, according to Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez.

  • Electoral Success - Vegas native wins Sandoval post

    It was her first time running for elected office, and her Republican opponent was a seasoned politician.

    To top it off, Laura M. Montoya didn’t even have the hometown advantage. The Las Vegas native was running for treasurer in Sandoval County.

    Despite those obstacles, Montoya went to work knocking on doors and courting tribal officials.

    The hard work paid off on Election Day, when Montoya, a Democrat, won a four-year term as Sandoval County treasurer.

  • Alta Vista loses appeal on union

    The U.S. Court of Appeals has shot down Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s attempt to nullify the vote taken by its employees more than five years ago to form a union.

    In fact, the 13-page opinion — issued by a three judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit on Nov. 2 — ridicules the hospital’s arguments, characterizing them as a stall tactic.

    The case was called San Miguel Hospital Corporation, petitioner v. National Labor Relations Board, respondent.