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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoons - Dec. 16, 2011
  • Another Perspective: El mitote

    I used to joke with my mom that she should start publishing a paper in Vegas and call it “El Mitote.”

    She always had the most prime pieces of information about just about everyone I thought was important in town.  

    The thing about my mom is that she is the kind of person that people like to open up to and share the most intimate details of their lives with. Funny thing is, not many people usually do the same for her, except for me, of course.

  • Nuestra Historia - Camp Luna — a proud tradition

    In 1929, Camp Luna was named in honor of Captain Maximiliano Luna, a Rough Rider and hero of the 1898 Spanish-American War, who later lost his life during military service in the Philippines. From a distinguished Valencia County family, Luna was elected speaker of New Mexico’s territorial House of Representatives when he was only 26. (Luna had earlier attended the Jesuit College in Las Vegas.)

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Dec. 16, 2011

    Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader on free trade gains (Dec. 9) — A free-trade agreement signed by President Barack Obama in October and by his counterpart in South Korea late last month is already paying off in Kentucky.
    Toyota has announced it will begin exporting Camrys made in Georgetown to South Korea in January.

    The automaker initially plans to ship about 6,000 Camrys a year from Kentucky to South Korea.

    The free trade agreement, which had been held up for years, came at an opportune time for Toyota. ...

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 16, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Lawmaker assailed for comment
    SANTA FE — A black Democratic state representative is under fire after she called New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez a “Mexican” during a heated exchange with a Republican state lawmaker.

    Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton made the comment Wednesday during a State Capitol committee meeting break where she accused Rep. Nora Espinoza of “carrying the Mexican’s water on the fourth floor.”

  • Middle class shrinking

    By Hope Yen
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.

    The latest census data depict a middle class that’s shrinking as unemployment stays high and the government’s safety net frays. The new numbers follow years of stagnating wages for the middle class that have hurt millions of workers and families.

  • Breakfast and gift giving with Santa on Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Sunday, Santa and his helpers will be at El Fidel Hotel Lobby to give gifts to children and listen to special requests they might have.

    Parents are invited to bring their children from 9 to 10:30 a.m. to this free event hosted by the Las Vegas /San Miguel Chamber of Commerce.  

    He previously greeted the children of Las Vegas during the Electric Light Parade earlier this month, but due to the bitter cold temperatures, many families were unable to attend the “gift giving” event in the Old Town Gazebo.

  • Theater group putting on first performance

    Submitted to the Optic

    “Reflections of Alice,” an original play created by Clearly Confused Productions, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday in the band room at Robertson High School.

    The play is a different perspective of Alice, taking themes from the books “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through The Looking Glass.”

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 16, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • 2nd Annual Light Parade and House Lighting Contest in Anton Chico by Renewing the Spirit of Anton Chico. House lighting contest at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Oremos at 3 p.m. and light parade at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17 with a guest appearance by Santa Claus immediately after at the school. For more information, call Naiomi Garcia at 505-507-4515.

  • Noticias - Dec. 16, 2011

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

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.