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Today's News

  • East bus driver detained

    A 53-year-old Las Vegas City Schools bus driver was detained Monday morning after city police received a report that she was driving recklessly while transporting students, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    The driver was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for a blood test to determine whether she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Montaño said charges in the case are pending further investigation, including the results of that blood test. Police suspect she may have been on prescription medication.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 7, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Sun and the Wind” retold by Mairi Mackinnon. Free and open to the public.
    • Fine Art Print Lecture Series by Dr. Robert Bell, 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Art Viewing Room on the second floor of New Mexico Highlands University’s Donnelly Library. The talk will be on “Fine Art Prints with a Musical Theme.” For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • African American legacy celebrated at local gallery

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Ray Drew Gallery features the pictorial history exhibit, New Mexico’s African American Legacy – Visible, Vital and Valuable, with an opening reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10.

    The Ray Drew Gallery is in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave. The exhibit continues through Feb. 15, 2013. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Noticias - Nov. 7, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Free afterschool programming will be offered by United World College faculty and students to Las Vegas youth. Aprender Jugando: From 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays at the Old Town Mission. Learn Spanish through games. Open to ages 5 to 12, for any Spanish level. Homework Help: From 4 to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Travelers Café. UWC students can help with homework in any subject for any grade level. Las Vegas Children’s Chorus: From 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Old Town Mission. Ages 6 to 12.

  • Eliminate the College

    Understand that this is being written before Tuesday’s election results, so we don’t know the outcome at the time of this writing. For all we know, one of them could have won the popular vote but not enough electoral votes, making his opponent the victor in a bifurcated election. It happens — see the 2000 election, when Al Gore won the popular vote and George W. Bush won the Electoral College.

    That’s what we want to write about on this day-after day — that antiquated relic of an 18th century solution called the Electoral College. We’d like to see it dissolved.

  • Work of Art - You’ll get a whole dollar

    As part of a let’s-be-friendly gesture, I once asked my then-next-door neighbor, James, if he’d help me unload some lumber from my pickup.

    I’d bought several pieces of wood to shore up our fence, and as I noticed him sipping Sun Tea on his porch, I sweetened the offer:

    “And if you help me, I’ll give you a whole dollar.”

    “A whole dollar?” James asked. “How about if I give you a whole dollar to leave me alone?” That’s how neighbors in Camp Luna get along. By the way, he did help me unload — a three-minute job — but refused my magnanimous whole dollar offer.

  • Lobos handle Highlands in Pit

    Despite three Cowboys in double-digit scoring, New Mexico Highlands men’s basketball team was no match for host University of New Mexico on Monday night in The Pit.

    The Lobos never trailed and led by as many as 28 points in taking the exhibition game 92-70 over their Division II cousins from up I-25.

    Foul trouble was a significant disparity Monday. The Cowboys were whistled for 33 compared to the Lobos’ 16. UNM made 35 of 48 free throws, while Highlands attempted just nine, making four.

  • Lady Cards stuff Taos

    After dropping the opening set in disappointing fashion — namely, watching an eight-point cushion vanish against Taos — the Robertson volleyball team found the resolve necessary to win the next three in Monday night’s District 2-3A tournament opener.

    As a result, the Lady Cardinals will get a fourth shot at crosstown rival West Las Vegas on Wednesday evening, this time with postseason aspirations on the line.

    The first game starts at 7 p.m. at Gillie Lopez Gym.

  • No home cooking for Big 12 teams

    The Associated Press

    NORMAN, Okla. — There’s proving to be no home-field advantage in the Big 12 this season.

    Road teams are on track to have a winning record for the first time in the conference’s history, taking 16 of 27 games so far this year for a .593 winning percentage. That’s almost an exact reversal of the historical trend, with home teams winning at a .594 clip over the league’s first 16 years.

  • Pecos boys win 2-2A team title

    Sporting one of the deepest lineups in the state, the Pecos boys’ cross country team had little trouble corralling the team championship in Friday’s District 2-2A meet held in Pojoaque.

    Also of no surprise was an individual title for Mora’s Alonzo Chavez, who now turns his sights on repeating as state champion.

    The Panthers compiled 47 team points to beat Santa Fe Prep (55) and Mora (57). All three boys’ teams qualify for state.