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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 6, 2012

    Meeting on water rate hike is Tuesday

    The city of Las Vegas continues to hold public meetings on its proposed water rate hikes. The next meeting, which will focus on the proposed rate hikes as they apply to commercial customers, will be at 6:30 p.m. this Tuesday at Sininger Hall on the New Mexico Highlands University campus, 904 National Ave.

  • Weather - August 6, 2012

    Monday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming west in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Tuesday

  • Law school dean nominated

    ALBUQUERQUE — Tribal leaders and others are praising the nomination of a University of New Mexico Law School dean to oversee the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, saying he’s well-qualified and understands the issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

    New Mexico U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall said they would push for the swift confirmation of Kevin Washburn in the Senate. Washburn will succeed Larry Echo Hawk, who resigned earlier this year, if the nomination is approved.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - August 6, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    More NM moms are breastfeeding

    SANTA FE — The state’s top health official says it’s good news that more New Mexico mothers are breastfeeding their babies.
    Health Secretary Catherine Torres says she’s encouraged by findings of a recent report released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The CDC report says that 81.5 percent of New Mexico mothers breastfed their babies at some point. That’s up from 73.1 percent in last year’s report.

  • Over the Edge V - Community theater presents annual Las Vegas parody

    Submitted to the Optic

    It is August, and the summer is winding down, but no summer is every truly complete until the production of “Over the Edge.” The Nat Gold Players, in collaboration with Clearly Confused Productions, Las Vegas’ youth-run theater group, present the fifth installment in as many years of “Over the Edge V: Frack You.”

  • Noticias - August 6, 2012

    ubmit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Las Vegas City Schools has a new Dress Code with lots of changes. A copy is available on their website (www.cybercardinal.com) or at the Central Office, the office of the Director for Instruction at Robertson’s Patio Building, or at Wal-Mart.Call 454-5700.

  • Que Pasa - August 6, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Auditions for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Beauty Lou and the Country Beast will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 6 at Ilfeld Auditorium on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. For further information, contact the Arts Council at 425-1085; lvac@cybermesa.com or Patrick Rucker at 454-9707 or 718-6211; or rucker@desertgate.com.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Focusing on the dam

    After another disappointing drill — the Taylor Well No. 2 replacement well is only producing a sixth of what was expected — the city of Las Vegas finds itself in the same place it has been for years. While drawing 90 percent of its water from the Gallinas River, the city desperately needs to diversify its water sources.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 6, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Good Samaritans and pigs

    The Samaritan House is one of our better community organizations. It reflects one of the best characteristics of Las Vegas — our willingness to share with and help those who are down on their luck.

    Board member Rosie Lopez recently filled me in on the four major programs that make up the Samaritan House’s mission. They are:

    • Food distribution, which takes place on the second Wednesday of each month at the main office at 220 Bernalillo St.