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Today's News

  • Bandelier reopens to auto traffic

    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — Bandelier National Monument reopened the prehistoric park Monday to vehicular traffic for the first time since the Las Conchas fire this summer.

    The Los Alamos Monitor reports that the park allowed automobile traffic back after what officials are calling a successful shuttle project.

    The park also returns to dawn-to-dusk hours, with the temporary visitor center open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Upper Falls Trail has been cleared and partially rerouted to the Upper Falls overlook.

  • Halloween fun
  • Que Pasa - Nov. 2, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    MIERCOLES

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Toy Story; Move Out!” by Apple Jordan and the character theme is “Woody and Buzz.” The theme for the month is “Popular Characters.”All programs are free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR

  • Noticias - Nov. 2, 2011

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

    • The Las Vegas / San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting entries for the Electric Light Parade, the theme is “Christmas in Candyland.” Organizations that would like their events to be included in the Chamber Holiday Poster and Newsletter are asked to submit their program as soon as possible.  Parade float applications, event submission forms and volunteer sign up roster are at the Chamber of Commerce 1224 Railroad Ave. 425-8631.

  • Fighting the violence

    Las Vegas has endured a too-high homicide rate in recent years — comparable per capita to such troubled cities as Detroit. Still, such incidents seem far away for many of us who remain seemingly insulated from such violence.

    However, an attack last summer, retold in an article last week, brings this city’s crime rate even closer to home. It’s a bleak reminder of how fast someone’s life can be changed by the violent actions of another.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 2, 2011
  • Work of Art: 7 billion? On second thought ...

    One of the greatest features of my new toy, my iPad, is the ability to add “apps,” that is, applications that do different things. The one I like but can’t control is named, simply, “Population.”

    It resembles a car odometer. It’s digital, and the columns showing units and tens run fast. Last Friday, the last time I checked before now, the count was 6,9099,587,471. The time was 5:33 p.m. Watching the counter moving, I timed it for exactly one minute, during which the estimated population climbed by 148 people.

  • Cowgirls open RMAC tourney at FLC

    While the Fort Lewis College women’s soccer team has enjoyed lofty national rankings this fall, unlike the Skyhawks’ first-round Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament opponent New Mexico Highlands, not much has separated them on the pitch.

    On Sept. 30 at Perkins Stadium, the Cowgirls lost 3-2 in overtime to Fort Lewis, then the No. 3 ranked team in NCAA Division II.

    Then on Oct. 23, the Skyhawks held on for a 2-1 verdict in Durango, Colo. FLC was ranked 14th at the time.

  • Gents unbeaten
  • Highlands women take NMSU to overtime

    New Mexico State’s women’s basketball team got a Halloween night scare courtesy of the visiting New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls, who pushed the Aggies to overtime before losing 81-75 in a season-opening exhibition game at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces.

    Four straight free throws in OT by forward Tabytha Wampler sealed the win for New Mexico State.

    Whitley Coca paced the Cowgirls with 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting.