Today's News

  • Navajo casinos exempt under commercial tobacco ban

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.  — Navajo Nation lawmakers have voted to prohibit smoking in public places on the vast reservation with an exemption for tribal casinos.

    The lawmakers heavily debated the measure before voting 14-5 in favor of it Wednesday. Under the bill, the Tribal Council can reconsider the casino exemption once gaming officials pay off their financing debts.

  • Looking Back - July 22, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, July 12 — Miss Margaret Roth and Mr. Walter D. Rogers were married this morning at 11 o’clock by Rev. Adrian Rabeyrolle, pastor of the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The ceremony was performed in the pastoral residence on Main Avenue... The bride was tastefully gowned in a tan traveling suit and carried a large bouquet of white roses. After the ceremony, the party went to the Castañeda Hotel where a wedding breakfast was served. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers left this afternoon for Kansas...

  • Looking Ahead - News July 22, 2011

    “Catch the Kid” kickoff is Saturday

    Activities at Lincoln Park begin at 11 a.m. There will be a large tepee and chuckwagon, horseshoe, sheep-shearing and gunfighting demonstrations, along with a DJ. Bands will be playing at the old Safeway parking lot from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. And a 7 p.m. concert will be held at Plaza Park featuring the Po ‘Girls, a Canadian band.

  • Weather - July 22, 2011

    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming calm.

  • FYI - News

    Highlands University is holding an electronics recycling day on Saturday. Community members can drop off unwanted electronics in the Wilson Complex parking lot at Ninth Street and Raynolds Avenue. Items that can be recycled for free include computers, computer monitors, fax machines, scanners, cell phones, batteris and microwaves. TVs can be recycled for  $10 per set.

  • Que Pasa - July 22, 2011

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  • Schedule of events for Wild West Fest

    Submitted to the Optic

    Schedule of events Wild West Fest/“Catch the Kid” Event on Saturday, July 23.

    “Catch the Kid” Kiosk
    The kiosk for the competition will be placed in the Plaza Hotel
    Hay Rides/4 Wagons
    Limo Golf Cart

  • Apodaca tribute concert Sun.

    Submitted to the Optic

    Area resident Antonia Apodaca will be honored during a tribute concert on Sunday, July 23, at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Apodaca lost her home along with decades of musical history and instruments in a  fire earlier this year. The concert is a benefit for her.
    She was born to a family of musicians in Rociada, N.M. A talented guitarist and songwriter, she has an extensive repertoire of traditional Hispanic tunes and songs from northern New Mexico that she learned from her parents and uncles.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN - MEDIOCRE MONSOONS. Despite this week’s rain, the monsoon season has been a disappointment. We need much more moisture to offset dismally dry conditions.
    Meanwhile, other parts of the country are suffering from extreme temperatures, with heat indexes rising as high as 130 degrees in parts of the Midwest. While we’d like to believe that this is just one of those super-hot summers, we fear it’s the new normal. Earth may indeed have passed the “tipping point” toward global warming.

  • ‘An American town ... by Americans only’

    On Nov. 20, 1879, just four months after the railroad arrived, the Daily Optic declared that “East Las Vegas is an American town and will be governed by Americans only.”

    The incendiary words were those of Russell A. Kistler, the founding publisher and editor of the Las Vegas Daily Optic, which published its first issue on July 30, 1879. (Kistler followed the railroad to Las Vegas from Otero, a short-lived rail town which existed about five miles south of Raton, where he first started his newspaper as the Otero Optic.)