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Today's News

  • Cantor says deficit deal likely

    By David Espo
    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON  — Sidestepping controversy, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., declined to take sides Monday on a proposal for higher taxes backed by fellow Republicans on Congress’ supercommittee, yet expressed confidence the panel would agree on a deficit-reduction plan of at least $1.2 trillion by a Nov. 23 deadline.

  • Surviving the unimaginable

    Arissa Collins has learned to deal with the loss of her family over the last five years, but she still yearns for them, particularly when she’s celebrating a milestone in her life.

    “It is hard every day,” Collins said in a recent interview. “But you get used to living with it. Not having them for graduation, starting college and having my first baby was really hard.”

  • Honoring Veterans
  • Combining East, West discussed

    The chairman of the West Las Vegas School board and a Las Vegas City Schools board member say it’s time to start discussing the possibility of consolidating the two school districts.

    The comments were made last week at a city schools board meeting during a discussion of water rights held by the two districts.

    “Just as a side bar, when are we going to start the discussion of consolidation,” Las Vegas City Schools board member Gloria Lovato-Pacheco asked West board chairman Gary Gold.

  • Fall arrives late in parts of Southwest

    By Susan
    Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Forests throughout the Southwest are growing quiet as the season for bugling elk comes to an end. The aspens in the high country and cottonwoods in the valleys are dropping their golden leaves, and snow has dusted mountain tops in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.

    There’s no denying it’s fall.

    But for land managers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts, it was a long time coming in some areas. They had to wait a few extra weeks for summer to loosen its grip.

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 14, 2011

    Free concert at Ilfeld Tuesday The United States Air Force Academy Band will present a free public concert by the Academy Winds at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. at Ilfeld Auditorium on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

  • Weather - Nov. 14, 2011

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.  

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 47. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 59. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 31.

  • FYI - News - Nov. 14, 2011

    City of Las Vegas utility customers can once again pay their bills at City Hall. The payment center at City Hall, 1700 North Grand, has re-opened and will be accepting payments from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, though it will be closed during the lunch hour. The payment center is for payments only. Payments can still be made. at the Utility Department on 12th Street from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including through the lunch hour.

  • Academy Winds concert at Ilfeld Tuesday evening

    Submitted to the Optic

    The United States Air Force Academy Band’s Academy Winds will have a performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at New Mexico Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The stop is part of the groups week-long tour of New Mexico.

    The tour will be to perform free public concerts, work with college and high school students, and talk about education opportunities at the Air Force Academy as well as careers in the Air Force.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 14, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Students at Sierra Vista Elementary, Legion Park Elementary, Los Niños Elementary, Early Childhood Center, Mike Mateo Sena Elementary and Memorial Middle School may be eligible to receive free tutoring under Title 1 Supplemental Educational Services part of the No Child Left Behind Act. The goals of this program are to help students succeed in school and do well on the upcoming state test, NMSBA. For more information, call the Las Vegas City Schools Bilingual/ Federal Programs office at 454-5700 ext. 111. Registration will close on Monday, Nov. 14.