Today's News

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 10, 2013

    Optic staff and wire

    Firefighter pact approved
    The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously last week to approve a contract between the city and its firefighters union that will be in effect for the rest of this fiscal year and the following ne.
    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the contract calls for the firefighters to receive a pay raise of 50 cents an hour right away and then a 2 percent raise next fiscal year. He said the increases are consistent with the contracts approved with the city’s other unions.

  • Looking Back - April 10, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, April 9 — In its second appearance at the New Mexico High School Driving Road-e-o at Silver City this past weekend, the Robertson High School team placed one of its number in fourth place in the individual competition. Robertson High first sent a team last year and this year showed noticeable improvement over their initial venture. Louis “Butch” Terr of Las Vegas took fourth- place honors with a score of 674 out of a possible total of 750. Tony L. Lovato is the driving instructor for Robertson.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 10, 2013

    Green infrastructure talk set for Thursday  
    The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance is sponsoring a presentation on how natural systems can improve urban watershed health. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in room G35 Donnelly Library.

  • Weather - April 10, 2013

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. East wind around 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

  • Correction - April 10, 2013

    A caption accompanying the Fiesta de La Hispanidad photograph in Friday’s Optic misidentified a performer. The person photographed is Latina.
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    A story in the March 23 edition of the Optic misidentified the organization the proceeds from the Free to Breathe event were to go to. Proceeds went to the National Lung Cancer Partnership.

  • Thatcher rejected feminist label

    By Jill Lawless
    The Associated Press

    LONDON — She was Britain’s first female leader, a strong woman who battled her way to the top of a male-dominated political system — but don’t call Margaret Thatcher a feminist.

  • Garcia brings home gold

    Submitted to the Optic

    In her own words, Luna Community College Dental Assisting student Monica Garcia said she was “shocked and nervous” when she heard her name called after winning the gold medal at Saturday’s New Mexico SkillsUSA closing ceremony at the Crown Plaza.

    “I love the dental assisting program,” said Garcia minutes after receiving her gold medal. “I had been out of school for five years and the experience has been great. I was well prepared. I’m looking forward to competing at the national level.”

  • Que Pasa - April 10, 2013

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 in the children’s area of the pubic library. This week’s book is “I Went to a Farm” by Judy Nayer. Free and open to the public.
    • West Las Vegas Valley Music’s Mariachi Extravaganza has been postponed. The performance originally scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10 has been postponed until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at the school gym. Already purchased tickets, may be used for entry for the concert on April 24.

  • Veto was shortsighted

    In an executive message attached to the state budget bill signed into law last week, Gov. Susana Martinez states that she is committed to ensuring that state government never grows beyond its means.

    Martinez’s stance on fiscal matters is refreshing, particularly given the excesses and binge spending of her predecessor. The $5.9 billion budget that Martinez signed maintains reserves at a projected 11 percent. Maintaining a healthy reserve is critical, given economic uncertainties and looming federal spending cuts.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 10, 2013