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Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas: The swirling golden curtain of the fall

    No matter how much things may change, some things just seem to stay the same. As I write this at the late date for change of seasons topics, I wonder what comes next in out crazy weather cycles.

  • Ditch the dinner rolls and do easy fennel biscuits

    By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    Dinner rolls are dandy, but for ease biscuits are best.

    We created this simple biscuit recipe to let the flavors of crushed fennel seeds and fresh chives shine. They are delicious warm from the oven and are perfect for sopping up excess gravy and mashed potatoes.

  • Chocolate and pumpkin pie together at last

    By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    No longer must you choose between your favorite dessert (chocolate) and the traditional choice (pumpkin pie) on Thanksgiving. We have combined these two into a perfectly rich and chocolaty treat that honors tradition while satisfying your real cravings.

    This simple pie also can be dressed up. Whipped cream is an obvious choice, as are chocolate or vanilla ice cream. Take it even further with a drizzle of warm chocolate sauce, warm maple syrup, or warmed pumpkin butter.

  • Scarce water fuels conflict

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic concludes its six-part series on the city’s water problems.

    Les Montoya still remembers the letter he received from the Office of the State Engineer about 25 years ago demanding that the city of Las Vegas limit the amount of water it was taking from the Gallinas River to 2,600 acre feet per year.

    The problem was that the city was using about 3,100 acre feet of water at the time.

  • Ex-CYFD worker gets probation

    The former Children, Youth and Families Department case worker arrested in August for hosting an out-of-control, underage drinking party at her home pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony.

    Justina Romero, 29, appeared before District Judge Matthew Sandoval.

    She was sentenced to 18 months of probation, in accordance with the plea deal she reached with prosecutors.

  • A New Vision

    Loretta Abreu-Martin had a vision when she returned home to Las Vegas after being hired as the recreation director at the city’s Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

    The Meadow City native lived in Maine for several years, but soon found herself back home, bringing with her a vision.

    “I wanted to start a true recreation department,” Abreu-Martin said during a recent interview.

    Since taking the reins at the recreation center Martin has implemented several programs.

  • Police say beating investigation ongoing

    The city of Las Vegas Police Department continues to investigate the July attack that left a local man in the intensive care unit for a month, Chief Christian Montaño said.

    John Esquibel, 27, is out of the hospital, but he continues to suffer from injuries sustained in the July 12 attack. His speech is impaired, and he has weakness in his right hand, family members say. He can’t see out of his right eye, and his hearing on one ear is impaired.

  • Educators question rules for grading schools A-F

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Educators on Monday cautioned Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration against rushing the implementation of a new law requiring the state to assign grades to rate the performance of public schools.

    Teachers, superintendents and others raised questions about the grading system at a hearing by the Public Education Department on proposed rules for evaluating schools.

  • Optic staffers win Press Association awards

    Staff and Wire Reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Las Vegas Optic won the public service award in its division Saturday for its extensive coverage and editorials on the turmoil with last year’s Fiesta Council.

    This was the third time the Optic has won the public service award in the last six years.

    The New Mexico Press Association and New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors announced the winners of the 2011 Better Newspapers Contest at their annual meeting Saturday.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 2, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, Nov. 1 — During the past month 12 arrests, all on the charge of drunkenness, have been made on the East side. Of this number two culprits have also been charged with disorderly conduct and another with trespassing. This record as compared with the month of September, is an increase of three. Compared with last year’s record for October it is a decrease of 15. Most of the arrests were made in the early part of the month and several days ago the jail was without an occupant.