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Today's News

  • Obama, council urge action

    By Darlene Superville
    Associated Press

    PITTSBURGH — President Barack Obama is pressing for passage of his full $447 billion jobs package in the face of certain congressional defeat while embracing more modest administrative remedies to the nation's sluggish economy and unwaveringly high unemployment.

  • Family clings for life 20 hours for life

    By Jennifer Kay
    and Suzette Laboy
    Associated Press

    MARATHON, Fla.  — Eight relatives had set out to fish in less-than-ideal conditions off the Florida Keys. It was raining, seas topped 7 feet and winds were whipping up to 38 mph.

    Before they knew it, two waves hit, capsizing their anchored 22-foot boat and knocking them into the sea about 3-1/2 miles offshore Saturday.

  • The east-side school tax

    Last week’s report on this year’s property tax assessments is a great big mixture of good news and bad news, especially for the east side of Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 12, 2011
  • Work of Art: We mustn’t exaggerate

    My mommy told me a hundred million times not to exaggerate. But I continue to do so. When something is outrageously expressed, we can always say, “Well, you ought to know I was exaggerating, deliberately.”
    For example, when we say, “We’ve been waiting for hours for Amtrak to arrive ...“ (Well, that would be accurate.) Let’s say instead, “We’ve been waiting for hours for the Rail Runner.” That’s an exaggeration.

  • Program aims to beautify and clean Las Vegas

    Submitted to the Optic

    Every year the city of Las Vegas has a great Summer Youth Employment Program during this eight- week program these employees help beautify, keep the community clean and learn the importance of recycling.

    This year the employees had the opportunity to work at the City Recycle Area and also help the student volunteers at the Highlands University Recycle Center.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 12, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Meet the Dragons” by Catherine Hapka and the theme is “Fire Prevention Week.” All programs are free and open to the public.

    • Search and Rescue meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Professional Home Health Care Annex, 1931 Seventh St. in Las Vegas, across from the Forest Service Building.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Noticias - Oct. 12, 2011

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

  • Local runners keep pace in Jaguar Invite

    Though the races didn’t show full, healthy teams or peak performances for either Robertson or West Las Vegas cross country teams, this past Saturday’s Jaguar Invitational was still useful, coaches said.

    “I told them to go after the runners in our district and race with them,” said Robertson coach Pat Garcia.

  • Cowboys, Cowgirls race into top three in Denver

    Highlights from Saturday morning’s Metro State Cross Country Invitational in Denver:

    MEN’S 8K
    1. Carl Arnold, Metro State, 25:45
    2. Eiger Erickson, Metro State, 25:47
    3. Nicaise Kazingo, NMHU, 25:58
    4. Ismael Samano, NMHU, 26:03
    9. Justin Lueras, NMHU, 26:49
    10. Henrique Chavez, NMHU, 26:54
    12. Troy Madalena, NMHU, 27:03
    20. Alberto Espinoza, NMHU, 27:39
    23. Luis Chavez, NMHU, 28:11

    WOMEN’S 6K
    1. Ashley Rietman, Metro State, 23:30