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Today's News

  • Looking Back - Nov. 14, 2012

    In 1962

    Thursday, Nov. 8 — There will be skating on the scenic pond in the Gallinas Canyon this winter, thanks to the actions of a group of interested persons. Prompted by the apparent loss of what has been described as “one of the most beautiful skating ponds anywhere,” a meeting was arranged for Wednesday night, at which the Las Vegas Skating Assn, Inc.,  was formed. Some 40 persons attended.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 14, 2012

    ‘The Kite’ to be shown today at Mission
    As part of International Education Week, the United World College  presents “The Kite,” a film directed by Randa Chahai Sabbag, at 7:15 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Old Town Mission, 1413 Chavez St. The event is free and open to the public. The film will be followed by a discussion. Coffee, tea and treats will be provided.

  • Weather - Nov. 14, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29. Southwest wind around 10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 51. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

  • Correction - Nov. 14, 2012

    A story in last Friday’s Optic erroneously reported the number of children that veteran Roberto Garcia has. He has three children.

  • Vegas residents win $50K lottery prize

    Submitted to the Optic

    ALBUQUERQUE – For Justin Montoya and his mother, Rosemarie Montoya, winning a New Mexico Lottery prize was a scream.

    The Las Vegas residents won $50,000 playing a $5 “Diamond Mine 9X” Scratcher that they bought after stopping for gas.  Justin Montoya, who paid for the ticket, let his mother play the game while he drove. 

    When his mother revealed the five-figure prize, he said she erupted.

  • Native to talk about filmmaking at NMHU

    Erik Howell, 27, is giving back to his community. In July, Howell, a Las Vegas native, held a screening of his film and today (Wednesday) he will speak with New Mexico Highlands University students about filmmaking. Starting at 6:30 p.m. at the NMHU Media Arts Building Room 100, Howell will show attendees one short film and tidbits of some of his other film productions. Immediately following the showings, Howell will be available for a question and answer session.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 14, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Nighttime Ninja” by Barbara DaCosta. Free and open to the public.
    • Search and Rescue meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Habitat for Humanity Building, 714 National Avenue, across from the Methodist Soup Kitchen.

  • Leaving no one behind

    When President Obama spoke on Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he spoke as if the United States never leaves any veteran behind. “We take care of our own,” he said more than once. It was inspirational rhetoric, but it’s not altogether true.

    On the battlefield, a soldier is taught: leave no one behind — it’s something they strive to do even though it’s not always possible. But when soldiers return home, far too often they are left to fend for themselves.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 14, 2012
  • Work of Art - Hey, the election’s over

    I want to shout out — to total strangers if necessary — “Hey, the election’s over.” Of course, I’m viewing this political theater through the eyes of someone who’s pleased with the results.

    Obama got re-elected, gaining about 125 more electoral votes than his opponent, Mitt Romney. Yet, bloggers, those who spend half their lives writing comments online, usually on Facebook, continue the assault.

    Let me explain: