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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 2, 2011

    Highlands concert is Saturday

    The New Mexico Highlands University Music Department presents the NMHU Wind Ensemble Fall Concert, 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets: general admission - $5 and all student/children (10 years and under) no charge.

  • Weather - Nov. 2, 2011

    Wednesday
    A slight chance of snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. North wind 10-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25.  

    Friday

  • Women file gender lawsuit

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Seven women in Bernalillo County’s budget department have filed a federal lawsuit against the county alleging gender discrimination and demeaning behavior from male supervisors.

    The lawsuit filed in September claims Bernalillo County violated state and federal civil-rights laws through “systemic county-wide discriminatory treatment” of its female employees. The lawsuit also said the women suffered “numerous gender-stereotyping or disparaging comments on account of gender.”

  • Tobacco payments declining for NM

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Big Tobacco’s payments to New Mexico for smoking-related deaths are declining, joining a number of states that are seeing drops due to falling national smoking rates, a state economist told state lawmakers.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that state economist Elisa Walker-Moran said Monday that New Mexico expects to receive $38.6 million from tobacco companies this year, down from $40.9 million in 2010.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 2, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Businessman to challenge Lujan
    SANTA FE — Incumbent Democrat U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan will have a challenger.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Rick Newton, a Taos businessman whose career includes high-profile deep-sea recovery projects, is slated Tuesday to formally announce that he will challenge Lujan as Republican.

  • Bandelier reopens to auto traffic

    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — Bandelier National Monument reopened the prehistoric park Monday to vehicular traffic for the first time since the Las Conchas fire this summer.

    The Los Alamos Monitor reports that the park allowed automobile traffic back after what officials are calling a successful shuttle project.

    The park also returns to dawn-to-dusk hours, with the temporary visitor center open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Upper Falls Trail has been cleared and partially rerouted to the Upper Falls overlook.

  • Halloween fun
  • Que Pasa - Nov. 2, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    MIERCOLES

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Toy Story; Move Out!” by Apple Jordan and the character theme is “Woody and Buzz.” The theme for the month is “Popular Characters.”All programs are free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR

  • Noticias - Nov. 2, 2011

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

    • The Las Vegas / San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting entries for the Electric Light Parade, the theme is “Christmas in Candyland.” Organizations that would like their events to be included in the Chamber Holiday Poster and Newsletter are asked to submit their program as soon as possible.  Parade float applications, event submission forms and volunteer sign up roster are at the Chamber of Commerce 1224 Railroad Ave. 425-8631.

  • Fighting the violence

    Las Vegas has endured a too-high homicide rate in recent years — comparable per capita to such troubled cities as Detroit. Still, such incidents seem far away for many of us who remain seemingly insulated from such violence.

    However, an attack last summer, retold in an article last week, brings this city’s crime rate even closer to home. It’s a bleak reminder of how fast someone’s life can be changed by the violent actions of another.