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Today's News

  • Panel selects top public defender

    The Associated Press

    The managing attorney for a legal aid office in Albuquerque was selected Tuesday to run a newly independent state agency that provides legal representation to criminal defendants who can’t afford a lawyer.

    Jorge Alvarado was unanimously appointed chief public defender by an 11-member commission, which interviewed four other candidates for the position.

  • Boehner offering short-term debt extension

    By Andrew Taylor
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Facing a fresh deadline, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that Republicans would vote to extend the government’s ability to borrow money for six weeks — but only if President Barack Obama first agrees to fresh negotiations on spending cuts. Under the Republican plan, the partial government shutdown would continue.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 11, 2013

    Highlands variety show befit is Saturday

    Politics as Usual Benefit Variety Show is at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $10.
     

  • Weather - Oct. 11, 2013

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 10-15 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 35. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 39.

    Sunday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42.

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 67.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:04 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Columbus Day closings

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed on Monday in observance of Columbus Day.

  • Noticias - Oct. 11, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps i with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 11, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • West Las Vegas High School Homecoming festivities, Green-and-gold day on Friday, Oct. 11 with parade line-up at noon and the parade at 1 p.m.
    • Make Me a Celebrity city concert registration takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 at Playerz Video Games at 1606 Seventh St. Open to middle, high and college students in Las Vegas. For more information, call 505-603-9225.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 11, 2013

    The Associated Press

    AG: Abortion ban unenforceable

  • Gov hops on state ‘copters

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who criticized her Democratic predecessor’s use of government aircraft and called a state jet the “ultimate symbol of waste and excess,” hopped on a state-owned helicopter to avoid missing an airline flight to attend political fundraisers in Texas.
    The governor’s spokesman, Enrique Knell, said Martinez used the state police helicopter on Nov. 15, 2011, because it allowed her to attend a meeting of the state Board of Finance that ran late into the afternoon.

  • NM labs prepare for shutdown

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories are preparing to shut down by Oct. 21 and furlough of most of their 18,000 workers if Congress does not reach a deal to end the federal government’s partial shutdown, the Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday.
    The preparations result from a directive of the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Journal reported . The administration is part of the U.S. Department of Energy, and it oversees work at both national labs in New Mexico.