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Today's News

  • Lujan retires
  • National Trails day on Sat.

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, June 4 the Santa Fe National Forest and the Santa Fe Chapter of the Back Country Horseman will host a wilderness trail clearing event in celebration of American Hiking Society’s 19th annual National Trails Day. The event will begin at the Aspen Ranch trailhead and will start June 4 and run until June 11.  

  • Que Pasa - June 3, 2011

    SATURDAY SÁBADO
    • Court Appointed Special Advocates is recruiting volunteers to advocate for children in foster care. Training starts Saturday,  June 4. For more information, call 454-0223 or go to www.casafourrthnm.org.

    • AAUW used book sale with all proceeds going to scholarships for NMHU women students. The sale starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the corner of Seventh Street and University (pink building).

  • Noticias - June 3, 2011

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

    • A survivors fund has been set up for the families of Gene Hern and Frank Romero. The following are the accounts: Children of Gene Hern, Wells Fargo account number 7040660958 and the widow of Frank Romero, Wells Fargo account number 7040660941.

    • The city of Las Vegas employee union has set up memorial funds for Gene Hern and Frank Romero at the State Employees Credit Union. The Hern account number is 3001582700 and the Romero account is 3001582710.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! GOOD DEAL ON EFFLUENT WATER. Responding to criticism that the city was able to protect its landscaping investment but wasn’t letting residents do the same in their yards, Las Vegas city officials sought and obtained state Environment Department permission to allow citizens to purchase and use treated wastewater. The price is great — just a buck and a quarter for a thousand gallons — but the catch, for many people, is in how to get it home and store it until used.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 3, 2011
  • Another Perspective: Addressing domestic abuse

    “Prominent resident beaten to death.”       

     “Prominent” was the word that stood out to me reading this headline in the April 6 edition of the Las Vegas Optic. The second jolt was a photo of Sherry Anne Clancy, a woman I knew.  

  • Nuestra Historia - El Distrito de las Escuelas: The Sisters of Loretto

    An organized system of formal education in New Mexico was non-existent until the late 1800s. In fact, when Gov. Albino Pérez proposed a tax levy in 1837 to help fund a system of public education, he was more than just rebuffed — he was beheaded.

  • Orgullo del Norte - The train and the first movemento of El Norte

    “History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them.”
    — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Romney to run for president

    By Philip Elliott
    The Associated Press

    STRATHAM, N.H. — Republican Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama has failed the United States and is pitching himself as an alternative who can fix the nation’s ailing economy.

    The former Massachusetts governor on Thursday made official his White House run and offered a blistering critique of Obama. Romney says he would rein in Washington spending and put the country on a course toward economic recovery.