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Today's News

  • Council OKs water rate hikes

    It’s official.

    Las Vegas water customers will begin paying more for water after the city’s governing body voted Friday to institute a series of rate hikes over the next four years.

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia said water customers will see the initial increase reflected in their bills beginning on Dec. 1.

    Friday’s vote caps months of public meetings on the water rates. Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the measure, prompting Mayor Alfonso Ortiz to cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the increases.

  • Alumni donate $1.25M to UWC

    Submitted to the Optic

    Six alumni assumed the mantle of stewardship from the school’s founding benefactors this week by meeting an endowment challenge that will provide scholarships for future generations of UWC-USA students.

    Sebastien de Halleux ‘96, Bertrand Kan ‘84, Kuo-Chuan “KC” Kung ‘87, Ben ‘98 and Alexa ‘99 Melkman, and Charles Wong ‘84 have contributed a combined $1.25 million for scholarships, which will be matched by UWC-USA benefactor Shelby Davis for a total of $2.5 million.

  • Looking Back - News - Oct. 1, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Oct. 1 — Milt Callon, author of “Las Vegas, New Mexico-The Town That Wouldn’t Gamble,” is in town this week to autograph copies of his history of Las Vegas. Callon will be at the Optic at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the last time that autographed copies of the interesting history of Las Vegas will be available. The books may be bought and autographed at the Optic.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 1, 2012

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m on Wednesday, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Dino-Football” by Lisa Wheeler. This week’s theme is “Fall Sports.” Story Time is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Oct. 1, 2012

    Monday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 43. Northeast wind around 5 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 44.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 78. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:56 a.m. to 6:44 p.m.

  • ‘Lyrical Passion’ concert to feature HU music faculty

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University music  faculty Linda King and Andre Garcia-Nuthmann will present a concert, Lyrical Passion, at 3 p.m. on Oct. 7, featuring the music of Schumann, Brahms and Franck.

    King, a concert pianist, and Garcia-Nuthmann, a tenor vocalist, will be joined by Krzysztof Zimowki, a violinist who is the concertmaster for the New Mexico Philharmonic and the Opera Southwest Orchestra.

  • Noticias - Oct. 1, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    •  Al-Anon Meetings for family and friends of alcoholics or problem drinkers take place in Faith Hall, behind St. Paul's Peace Church, 8th and National, at 5:45 p.m. on Mondays and noon on Fridays for an hour. Many relatives and/or friends of problem drinkers have learned through Al-Anon how to make their own lives more manageable, serene and happy whether or not the relative or friend stops drinking.  For information, call 425-6901.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 1, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Tony E. Marquez, Jr. Fall Fitness Challenge, from Oct. 1 to Nov. 10 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The weigh-in date is Sept. 27 to Oct. 1 at the center. For more information, contact recreation center staff at 426-1739.
    • Committee for Clean Water, Air and Earth meeting, 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1 at the Presbyterian Church - Community Room. The purpose of the meeting is to pick up petitions to ban fracking in San Miguel County. All are welcome. For more information, call 426-1468.

  • The Facebook food photo

    Oh the power of today’s social media. Just ask Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez and her cafeteria staffs — they’ve had a couple of rounds of in-your-face Facebook postings that make their work look quite unappetizing and unsanitary these days.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 1, 2012