Today's News

  • Noticias - Dec. 1, 2011

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

    • Las Vegas Cub Scouts Pack 60 has begun its annual popcorn sales. Cub Scouts is a nonprofit organization that uses the proceeds as a fundraiser. Cub Scouting promotes a boy’s character, citizenship and fitness in a positive and educational manner. To purchase popcorn or for more information, call Ida Sue at 617-0849.

  • Praising troops’ sacrifice

    By Rebecca Santana
    The Associated Press

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq  — Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday thanked U.S. and Iraqi troops for sacrifices that he said allowed for the end of the nearly nine-year-long war, even as attacks around the country killed 20 people, underscoring the security challenges Iraq still faces.

  • In Brief - National News - Dec. 2, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    3 arrested in pirating case
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — State police have arrested a Providence video store owner and two employees on charges they were selling pirated movies worth $370,000 in what is believed to be the largest seizure of its kind in New England since 1996.

    Lt. Michael Winquist said Thursday 37,000 videos in Broad Street Video's inventory were pirated. He says store owner Kevin Duffney and employees John Graham and Sinelly Diaz were arrested on Tuesday.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! ACCREDITATION. For the first time in the city’s history, the Las Vegas Police Department has earned an accredition from the state Law Enforcement Accredition Program. That means the city’s insurance premiums are likely to go down, but more importantly, it’s confirmation that we have a quality PD protecting and serving the citizenry.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 2, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - ‘We have lost our voice’

    Whether Dennis Chavez would win his first bid for the U.S. Senate in 1934, would be determined in Las Vegas. Election results indicated he had lost to incumbent Republican Bronson Cutting by a mere 1,261 votes statewide, and Chavez contested the election only in San Miguel County.    

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Nov. 2, 2011

  • Competing for the crown

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas/Miss San Miguel County Pageant will hit the stage once again at 3 p.m. this Saturday at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.

    The pageant is a preliminary of the Miss America Pageant. The theme for the pageant is Jingle Bell Rock.  The phases of competition are interview, talent, swimsuit, evening wear and on-stage question.

    Four  young women will be competing for scholarships and a chance to represent our area at the Miss New Mexico Pageant next June.

  • Hispanic group allowed in NM redistricting

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Hispanic civil rights group will be allowed to participate in a trial next week to decide the boundaries of New Mexico’s three congressional districts, a state district court judge ruled Wednesday.

    The New Mexico League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, planned to offer a proposal for a Hispanic majority congressional district in southern and west-central New Mexico, but District Court Judge James Hall said the group must meet tight deadlines for a trial starting Monday.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 2, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Gov. trims cell phone use
    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration expects to save about $320,000 this year by reducing the use of cell phones in state agencies.

    The governor’s office said Wednesday the number of smartphones, such as a BlackBerry, and other wireless devices has been trimmed by 500 through the first nine months of the year. Part of the savings is from pooling wireless plans for multiple users.