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  • Weather - Sept. 30, 2011

    Friday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west.

    Saturday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. West wind around 5 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

    Sunday

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 30, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • A low-cost vaccination clinic for pets will be held on from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30 at the West Las Vegas middle school gym. Services offered include: Rabies - $10; Parvo/Distemper - $10; Feline/Distemper - $10; Deworming - $5; Tape Deworming - $5 to $15 and Microchipping - $16. No appointment necessary. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in carriers. Volunteers are needed. To make an appointment for low-cost spay/neuter services, call 505-983-4309x129.

  • Noticias - Sept. 30, 2011

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

  • Cantaloupe outbreak deadly

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Health officials say as many as 16 people have died from possible listeria illnesses traced to Colorado cantaloupes, the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that 72 illnesses, including 13 deaths, are linked to the tainted fruit. State and local officials say they are investigating three additional deaths that may be connected.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 30, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Unser arrested for DWI
    ALBUQUERQUE — Al Unser Jr., a retired American race car driver and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, has been arrested on drunk driving and reckless driving charges.

    KRQE-TV reports that the 49-year-old was arrested Thursday morning in Albuquerque. Authorities say Unser was drag racing another car in his Suburban and was going over 100 miles per hour.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! HOT AND DRY. As summer officially wound down last week (as of last Friday, we’re in autumn), a National Weather Service meteorologist said we’re on track for 2011 being the driest year ever in New Mexico. And one of the hottest, with only the summer of 1980 being worse in the temps category.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 30, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - Myth, legend or fact?

    Was Pablita Angel twice hanged in Las Vegas in 1861, and is she the only woman ever executed in New Mexico?

    Did an Italian holy man live in solitude atop El Cerro del Tecolote, and is that why the mountain is known as Hermit’s Peak?

    Did a group of settlers pursued by Native Americans take refuge at the summit of El Cerrito de Bernal, and there starve to death, and is that why the small plateau is called Starvation Peak?

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Sept. 30, 2011

    Chicago Sun-Times, Sept. 26, on No Child Left Behind — ... In 2001, President George W. Bush’s signature reform effort, the No Child Left Behind Act, became law with broad bipartisan support, its centerpiece a bold pledge to hold all students to high standards.

    The law, which President Barack Obama said he will dramatically alter in the coming months, requires annual student testing and sets a goal of bringing all American children, regardless of background or disability, to grade level in reading and math by 2014.