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Today's News

  • Weather - Dec. 30, 2011

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind around 5 mph.Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. West wind around 10 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24.

    New Year’s Day
    Sunny, with a high near 41. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Monday
    Sunny. High near 46 and a low around 24.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! BETTER MEALS AT SCHOOL. We applaud the discussion taking place among Las Vegas City Schools board members to serve healthier meals to the district’s students. Gloria Lovato-Pacheco got the discussion going with her objection to a list of processed foods being purchased by the district. “I would like our students to have food that is fresh and made in our cafeterias,” she said. “I would like to serve food that looks like it would be served at home.”

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 30, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - Immaculate Conception church and school

    After the railroad arrived in 1879 and east Las Vegas began to grow, its Catholic population decided to establish a church on the eastside,  apart from Our Lady of Sorrows.  

    They enlisted  the support of the Italian  priests who had earlier founded the Jesuit College in Old Town, and by the early 1880s, the Rev. Blasé Antonio Schifinni of the Jesuit College began holding religious services in a building on Railroad Avenue. (The history of the Jesuit College appears in  Nuestra Historia, June  2011.)

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

    The Indianapolis (Ind.) Star, on the Aliahna Lemmon murder (Dec. 28) — Aliahna Lemmon was only 9 years old and it was only three days before Christmas when she was murdered in a series of acts so horrific that it strains the bounds of good taste to describe them in even general terms.

    Police say a neighbor in a Fort Wayne mobile home park — entrusted to care for Aliahna and her younger sisters because their mother was sick — has confessed to beating to death the little girl and then dismembering her body.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 30, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    U.S. targets laundering
    WASHINGTON  — The Obama administration has hit two men with sanctions for allegedly laundering money on behalf of Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.

    The move blocks any assets in the U.S. belonging to Lebanese-Colombian nationals Jorge Fadlallah Cheaitelly and Mohamad Zouheir El Khansa, and blocks Americans from doing business with them.

  • Book: Petraeus urged to quit

    By Kimberly Dozier
    AP Intelligence Writer

    WASHINGTON — Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus was urged to resign as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama’s decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider’s look at Petraeus’ 37-year Army career.

  • Unemployment claims rise

    By Christopher S. Rugaber
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week after three weeks of decline.

    Even with the gain, applications remained at a level consistent with modest hiring. And the broader trend over the past month suggests job growth could pick up further in the new year.

    Weekly applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 381,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

  • Students of the Month
  • Two crowned as Miss Las Vegas and Miss San Miguel County

    Submitted to the Optic

    Kayla Gonzales, 18, won the title of Miss Las Vegas 2012 and DeAnna Jerge, 18, won the title of Miss San Miguel County 2012 at the 10th Annual Miss Las Vegas/Miss San Miguel County Scholarship Pageant.

    The pageant was earlier this month at West Las Vegas High School.

    Gonzales attends New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College. She sang “Better in Time” by Leona Lewis for her talent. She will promote a platform of Juvenile Diabetes “Fighting for a Cure” as Miss Las Vegas.