Today's News

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 12, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Plattsburgh Press-Republican, of Albany, NY, on new college campus policies on consenting to sexual encounters (Dec. 6):
    Maybe this will help. At least it’s a step in the right direction.
    For decades, college students had a wink and a nod governing their sexual conduct on and off campus. If the woman didn’t scream too loudly, convention said, it must have meant she approved of the groping male’s efforts.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Dec. 12, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Man arrested, kids recovered

    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal authorities in New Mexico say they’ve arrested an Albuquerque man and safely recovered safely two children who were kidnapped in Oklahoma City in July.
    The U.S. Marshals Service says the arrest and the recoveries occurred Wednesday in Albuquerque.
    Deputy Marshal James Badway says Vincent Armijo was arrested on a kidnapping warrant issued in Oklahoma and awaits extradition to that state.

  • Storm knocks out power

    By Martha Mendoza and Sudhin Thanawala
    The Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO — A powerful storm churned through Northern California Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed rain.

    Waves slammed onto waterfronts, ferries were bound to their docks, many schools cancelled classes and the gusting winds had motorists tightly gripping their steering wheels on the Golden Gate Bridge, where managers created a buffer zone to prevent head-on collisions by swerving cars.

  • Obama swings huge spending bill

    By Andrew Taylor
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama swung behind a $1.1 trillion governmentwide spending bill Thursday, giving it critical momentum as it headed toward likely passage later in the afternoon.

    The legislation narrowly cleared a procedural hurdle by a 214-212 vote, despite opposition from tea party Republicans over Obama’s immigration moves and Democrats angry over last-minute changes to bank regulations and looser rules on campaign spending.

  • ‘Clown Mass’ Sunday at St. Paul’s Peace Church

    Submitted to the Optic

    Uncle Billy’s Pocket  Circus comes to Las Vegas for a special appearance at 10 a.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Peace Church. The service will consist of a performance of Uncle Billy’s Pocket Circus, a one-man show consisting of fire eating, juggling, magic, and mine the church’s pastor, Tom Woodward, has performed in nearly every state as well  as in South America and Europe followed by a clown or fool’s vision of the service of the Holy Communion.

  • Noticias - Dec. 12, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps 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 every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 12, 2014


  • Harvard invites HU graduate to catalyze maker education

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Harvard Graduate School of Education invited Highlands University media arts graduate Mariano Ulibarri to help catalyze a national network of maker educators.

    Ulibarri’s Parachute Factory makerspace in Las Vegas and his work with libraries throughout the state caught the attention of Harvard’s Agency by Design, which is part of the Project Zero research center.

  • Dear Teacher - Dec. 12

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: Do you know any simple games that reinforce math skills that are not played on the computer? I would like to wean my children away from being online so much of the time. — For Old-Fashioned Fun

  • Mora Valley bursting with holiday cheer