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Today's News

  • Appeals court upholds law

    By Nedra Pickler
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON— A conservative-leaning appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law, as the Supreme Court prepares to consider this week whether to resolve conflicting rulings over the law’s requirement that all Americans buy health care insurance.

  • Jungle Book production today at Ilfeld Auditorium

    Submitted to the Optic

    The State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara, Calif., will perform the Jungle Book ballet at 7:30 pm. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 in New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The auditorium is at 900 University Ave.

    The State Street Ballet is an acclaimed ballet company with a cast of dancers that tours throughout the United States as well as internationally.  

    The company is known for its innovative choreography and unique style.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 9, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Public Meeting for the Chacon Post Office,  6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Tilford Memorial Building in Chacon, N.M. For more Information, contact: Sharon Stewart  at 575-387-2320.

    • Search and Rescue will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the Professional Health Care Annex, 1931 Seventh, across from the Forest Service Office.

  • Noticias - Nov. 9, 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.

  • Paying the consequences

    Last week’s determination by the state Occupational Health and Safety Bureau regarding the fatal deaths of Las Vegas city employees Frank Romero and Gene Hern should not be a surprise. Central to OHSB’s accusations is that that was no shoring along the edges of the deep trench — something that a union representative pointed out the day the tragedy occurred.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 9, 2011
  • Work of Art Little has changed

    Several years ago, in the pre-911 era, before we needed to open up our world to the TSA, in the name of Homeland Security, we almost missed our flight to Orlando, Fla.

    Back then, there were none of those interminable lines of people ordered to remove their shoes or subject themselves to touchy-feelie pinching, patting, probing, poking and prodding. So, though my crew arrived too late to check our bags — we needed to tote them all the way to our destination — we were allowed on the plane, even with our bazookas, pipe bombs and jumbo bottles of lotion.

  • Robertson is No. 7 seed, hosts Portales Saturday

    In a rematch of their season opener, the Robertson Cardinals will begin the Class 3A state football playoffs against Portales.

    Kickoff is 2 p.m. Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 for students and seniors.

    The Cardinals (5-5) enter the playoffs as the No. 7 seed after being ranked as high as second or third early in the year. But RHS is riding a three-game winning streak, having breezed through the District 2-3A schedule, and is one of the hotter teams in 3A.

  • West Las Vegas, Mora open pool play Thursday

    West Las Vegas and Mora are both headed to the state volleyball tournaments, which run Thursday through Saturday in Rio Rancho.

    The Lady Dons, coached by Felix Flores, earned the No. 9 seed in the Class 3A tournament after winning the regular-season title in District 2-3A and finishing as runner-up to Raton in the district tournament.

    They play in Pool A along with No. 1 Pojoaque Valley and No. 8 Lovington beginning at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • State XC: Repeat title for Pecos star

    By winning another individual state cross country championship, Pecos senior Antonio Varela helped his Panthers wrap up a second consecutive runner-up finish in the small-school division.

    He also assured himself a permanent place in history.

    Varela won by a 37-second margin in a time of 15:59, completing a stellar cross country career with Pecos.

    Not far behind was Mora’s Alonzo Chavez, who ran third in 16:53; the Rangers finished 12th as a team on the boys’ side.