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Today's News

  • Youth job fair to be held next week

    By Oshá Bailey
    Las Vegas Optic

    Many youths trying to break into the job market have no clue where to start.

    “There are the fast- food joints and maybe some other random jobs that we are familiar with, but we really aren’t introduced to many options as young people,” said Crystal Martinez, a 19-year-old Las Vegas resident.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Thursday, Nov. 14 — County Commissioners are today seeking a court order to open five precincts. Precinct 9-A in West Pecos, 39 in Tecolotito, 31 in Puertocito, and 34 in San Isidro. At the present time only an informal count is available, and the court order is necessary in order for the canvass to record a certified count. The closely observed canvass so far has covered 48 precincts of 63 which required the count, leaving 15 precincts yet to be canvassed.

  • Looking Ahead

    Jamboree for Japan this Saturday

    A Jamboree for Japan will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Las Vegas to raise money for earthquake and tsunami victims. The event is open to the public. Cost is $10 per person. For more information or for tickets call 425-7283

  • Weather

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Windy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a west wind 25-35 mph; gusts as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 35.

  • FYI - News

    New Mexico's transportation agency head says not enough people are getting the message about the dangers of distracted driving, The Associated Press reports. Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez says it's a serious, life-threatening practice whether drivers are texting, talking on the phone, eating, reading a map, changing the radio station or talking to passengers.

  • Que Pasa - April 6, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Seed exchange is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Area residents will be coming together Saturday, April 9 at the Luna Community College cafeteria to meet, share heirloom seeds, and exchange knowledge about local agriculture.

    The free event, titled “Compartiendo Semillas, Sembrando el Futuro,” (Sharing Seeds, Planting the Future) is sponsored by several local organizations including Casa de Cultura, Las Vegas Barter Hours, Luna Community College and the Tri-County Farmers Market.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 6, 2011
  • PED’s big mistake

    Last year, New Mexico school districts were facing an across-the-board cut of more than 3 percent when then-Gov. Bill Richardson decided he didn’t want it to happen on his watch. So he used some stimulus money as a band-aid and passed the bleeding on to the new governor.

    Then came the Susana Martinez administration, ready to take on the state budget by cutting but not taxing. So when public education cuts came in at about 1.5 percent, everyone breathed a sigh of relief.

    It was too good to be true.

  • Work of Art: I just had to send this to you

    Imagine receiving a letter so eye-catching that it makes you want to send a copy to 100 friends. But wait! With postage costing $44, not to mention the price of paper, envelopes and ink, well that starts to run into money.

    The only time I succumbed to such expenditures was in 1972, when an acquaintance whom I met at a workshop in Charlottesville, Va., sent me a letter with the notation “This one really works!” with the urging that I send copies of the letter to 25 friends.