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  • Weather - Jan. 7, 2013

    Monday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 41. South wind 10-15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 18.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:11 a.m. to 5:04 p.m.

  • Background checks pitched for private gun sales

    SANTA FE — A Democratic legislator from Albuquerque proposes to require background checks on people who buy firearms from private gun owners, including at gun shows.

    Rep. Miguel Garcia said Friday the checks would prevent sales of guns to people convicted of crimes and those with a history of mental illness. He will introduce the bill when the Legislature convenes next week.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 7, 2013

    WEDNESDAY
    MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING 
    & ONGOING

  • Noticias - Jan. 7, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Move to Amend

    At what point does an organized petition drive become a national movement? We’re not sure if there’s a distinct line separating the two, but we do know that there’s an effort out there that’s looking more and more like a movement, and we’re not sure it’s getting the attention it deserves in the mainstream media. So we’ll give it some attention here, not necessarily as an endorsement but as an encouragement, to spur more discussion.

    Besides, it relates to one of the biggest Las Vegas issues of 2012.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 7, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Free speech and gun rights

    As much as some of my colleagues in the press might not want to admit it, and as much as the National Rifle Association would be loath to agree, the media and the pro-gun lobby actually have something very important in common.

    Both are staunch defenders in this nation’s top two constitutional amendments.
    Let’s start with a quick look at each one.

    The First Amendment:

  • Alabama, Notre Dame square off

    By Paul Newberry
    AP National Writer

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The BCS championship is going old school.
    In this era of wide-open, pass-happy offenses, college football’s ultimate prize will be decided Monday night by two throwback teams, No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama.

    The Fighting Irish (12-0) have run for nearly has many yards as they’ve managed through the air. The Crimson Tide (12-1) is coming off a dominant performance on the ground in the Southeastern Conference championship.

  • Lady Cards hang tough

    Friday’s Robertson girls’ basketball win over Ruidoso felt a lot like a save situation in baseball.

    Instead of one closer, however, the Lady Cardinals brought five.

    A team effort downed the visiting Lady Warriors in a 73-65 final tally at Mike Marr Gym.

    The game was generally closer than that score would indicate. Ruidoso had cut the margin to 59-57  halfway through the fourth quarter, and the Lady Cardinals were in a dry spell, held without a field goal through the first 4:34 of the period.

  • West bounces back vs. Ruidoso

    Four West Las Vegas players scored in double figures Friday evening to lead the Dons to an 80-65 victory over visiting Ruidoso.

    It was a bounce-back win for West (3-7), which recently endured a difficult three-day run in the Stu Clark Tournament.

    The Dons owned the opening period for a 22-8 lead and took a 45-27 spread at the break.

    “I think our kids did some of the stuff we’ve been trying to work on,” said WLV assistant coach Clyde Sanchez.