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Today's News

  • Correction - July 17

    The Optic erroneously reported the date of the Missoula Children’s Theatre auditions in its Wednesday edition. An open audition for the kids of Las Vegas will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 3 at Ilfeld Auditorium. The musical theatre production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” will be performed at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • ‘Blowing my mind’ - Scientists find Peaks on Pluto, canyons on Charon

    By Marcia Dunn
    AP Aerospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Mankind’s first close-up look at Pluto did not disappoint Wednesday: The pictures showed ice mountains on Pluto about as high as the Rockies and chasms on its big moon Charon that appear six times deeper than the Grand Canyon.

  • Just a Thought - What is your ‘coachability’ score?

    By Rick Kraft

    Are you coachable? Do you take instruction well? Do you listen to advice from others?

    Are you the smartest person who ever lived? Maybe a better question is, “Are you the smartest person you know?” If so, why would you need to listen to anyone else? If not, why wouldn’t you listen to others?

  • Lawmakers get Spaceport update

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The head of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority told a powerful legislative committee on Wednesday she’s hopeful Virgin Galactic will begin commercial flights next summer, a key to ensuring the financial viability of Spaceport America.

    Questions about when anchor tenant Virgin Galactic will launch have been swirling for years. The company originally had its sights set on 2010 but has suffered numerous setbacks, including a deadly accident last year that destroyed its rocket ship.

  • PNM: Rejecting plan will force closure

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The state’s largest electric utility says the rejection of its proposal by New Mexico regulators will lead to the complete closure of a coal-fired power plant that provides power to 2 million customers in the Southwest.

    Officials with the Public Service Co. of New Mexico on Tuesday reiterated the consequences if the state Public Regulation Commission does not approve a plan that calls for shutting down half of the plant to meet a federal mandate for reducing haze-causing pollution.

  • Mother pleads guilty in daughter’s death

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The mother of a 2-year-old girl whose death became emblematic of the lack of justice on tribal lands has pleaded guilty to a homicide charge in Navajo Nation court.

    Norena Joe was sentenced this week to a year in jail, which was suspended, and two years of probation. The acknowledgement that she was criminally negligent came seven years after the death of her daughter, Kiara Harvey.

  • In Brief - News - July 17, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Appeal hearing set for Rodella
    SANTA FE — A federal appeals court in Denver is set to hear arguments in the case of former Rio Arriba County sheriff Tommy Rodella, who received a 10-year prison sentence for violating a motorist’s civil rights while brandishing a handgun.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the appeal hearing has been scheduled for September 29.

  • Anti-bullying show
  • Noticias - July 17, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

  • Que Pasa - July 17, 2015

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO
    • Robertson High School classes of 1995 and 1996 will have a combined  class reunion on July 18 and 19. Featured events include a barbecue at RHS Amphitheater and a dinner and dance at the Serf. Call Nicole Vigil at 505-459-6541.
    • Block Party/Mural Beautification Event will take place on Saturday, July 18 at 713 Railroad Ave. For more information, call Amistad y Resolana at 425-2687.