Today's News

  • FYI - News - Oct. 26, 2011

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Bomb being dismantled

    By Betsy Blaney
    The Associated Press

    AMARILLO, Texas — The last of the nation’s most powerful nuclear bombs — a weapon hundreds of times stronger than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima — is being disassembled nearly half a century after it was put into service at the height of the Cold War.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 26, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    UNM orders protesters out
    ALBUQUERQUE — Protesters from Albuquerque’s version of the national Wall Street rallies say they plan to rally outside of the University of New Mexico president’s office after the school opted not to renew protesters’ campus permit.

    “(Un)occupy Albuquerque” members vowed to hold a number of events on campus Tuesday and will decide at a general assembly whether they will leave a makeshift campsite following four straight weeks of protesting.

  • Baby rescued after Turkish quake

    By Selcan Hacaoglu
    Associated Press

    ERCIS, Turkey — A 2-week-old baby girl, her mother and grandmother were pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment building in a dramatic rescue Tuesday, 48 hours after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled some 2,000 buildings in eastern Turkey.

    Television footage showed a rescuer, Kadir Direk, in an orange jumpsuit squeezing into the hulk of crushed concrete and metal to free the baby.

  • Blown down
  • Que Pasa - Oct. 26, 2011

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “What a Scare, Jesse Bear” by Nancy White Carlstrom and the theme is “Happy Halloween.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Noticias - Oct. 26, 2011

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

    • The Las Vegas / San Miguel County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting entries for the Electric Light Parade, the theme is “Christmas in Candyland.”  Organizations that would like their events to be included in the Chamber Holiday Poster and Newsletter are asked to submit their program as soon as possible.  Parade float applications, event submission forms and volunteer sign up roster are at the Chamber of Commerce 1224 Railroad Ave. 425-8631.

  • Another great benefit

    It’s common knowledge, at least in our line of work, that no event becomes an “annual” affair until its second year. So that in itself is cause to celebrate this year’s second annual Mayor’s Charity Ball.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 26, 2011
  • Work of Art: Halloween: Hit or myth

    This week is the best time of the year. Other seasons are great, but nothing beats the first weeks of fall.

    Halloween features long nights and short days, and the probability that imaginations become bizarre. Most people like to be scared, and Halloween’s a perfect occasion for that.

    Here’s why this season is great:

    Things change. We leave the house early, often needing to scrape our windshields. We don a coat because of the icy car seats, but by the time we arrive at work, it’s time to turn on the AC.