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Today's News

  • Paws and Stripes - $4K raised for veterans program

    A different kind of veterans service program took center stage Thursday at a fundraiser in the Plaza Hotel, thanks to a Las Vegas native who now practices law in Houston.

    The program is called Paws and Stripes and it was co-founded by Iraq war veteran James Stanek. Based in Rio Rancho, the program takes shelter dogs and places them with veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. The rescued canines are trained, with the veteran’s help, to act as service dogs for the veterans.

  • Social Security office will be closing earlier

    Submitted to the Optic

    Effective Nov. 19, New Mexico Social Security offices will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — a reduction of 30 minutes each weekday.  In addition, beginning Jan. 2, offices will close to the public at noon every Wednesday.

  • International show displays area diversity

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Las Vegas is undoubtedly aware of the diversity of cultures beyond our own, enhanced by the United World College students, but there’s more, much more to boast of. The New Mexico Highlands University International Student Community brings even more tang to the flavor.

    Gathering of Nations 2012, the presentation of  the NMHU ISC students, brought this fact to the forefront at Ilfeld Auditorum this past Thursday.

  • Outstanding season
  • Santa Fe officers trained to police on bikes

    By Chris Quintana
    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe police Officer Jeff Worth treats his bike like a patrol car, and there’s no reason he shouldn’t. His Kona 27-speed mountain bike is equipped with a siren, flashing lights and an emergency kit. And his authority is the same. The charge for fleeing an officer is the same whether he’s on a bike or in a car.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 12, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Power shortfall delays outpost

    A new $15 million U.S. Customs and Border Patrol outpost in southern New Mexico is a year behind schedule because federal planners failed to make sure the local power co-op could provide enough electricity.
    Customs agents assigned to the border crossing in Antelope Wells are instead operating out of trailers.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 12, 2012

    In 1962
    Wednesday, Nov. 7 — Former West Las Vegas Mayor Junio Lopez was the only Republican in San Miguel County to receive more votes than his Democratic opponent, carrying his county by a 4,221-to-3,738 margin over Democratic incumbent Thomas G. Morris.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 12, 2012

    ‘An Ecology of the Mind’ screening at UWC

    Nora Bateson is visiting UWC-USA and will be present for a special screening of her film “An Ecology of the Mind” at 7 p.m. this Tuesday in the Kluge Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Naomi.swinton@uwc-usa.org for more information.

  • Weather - Nov. 12, 2012

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 42. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 26.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 60. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:34 a.m. to 4:56 p.m.

  • Romero crowned Little Miss Las Vegas

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization held its 11th annual Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant last month at West Las Vegas High School.  Six beautiful and talented little girls competed for the title in four phases of competition: talent, casual wear, party wear and on-stage question.