Today's News

  • Festival of Trees fundraiser is Sunday

    Local businesses and organizations decorated 18 trees for this year’s Festival of Trees to raise money to purchase toys for needy children.
    The public is invited to attend the auction, slated for 3 p.m. this Sunday at the Plaza Hotel’s Ilfeld building.

    Proceeds from the auction will be given to the Rough Rider Biker Rally Committee, which will purchase the children’s gifts. The gift recipients are chosen by the Samaritan House and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 2, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, Dec. 2 — While driving home late yesterday afternoon from the Hot Springs canyon where they had been skating a party of young people consisting of A.R. Marwick, secretary of the Y.M.C.A.; Leslie Swallow, Misses Addie Merrill, Anna Merrill, Frances Myers and Ethel Musser, were thrown from a wagon when the team attached to the vehicle became frightened and ran away. The accident occurred in the entrance to the park in front of the Montezuma hotel. 

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 2, 2011

    Nat Gold Players perform Saturday

    A Little Light Music featuring the Nat Gold Players at 3 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 3, at the First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave.

  • Weather - Dec. 2, 2011

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. East wind around 10 mph, becoming south.  Snow showers likely at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

    A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. North wind around 10 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.


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  • Que Pasa - Dec. 2, 2011

    • CCHP 10th Annual Holiday Home Tour, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. This is a festive way to celebrate the Holiday Season as you stroll through historic homes at your own pace. Tickets are $10 and available at Plaza Hotel, the Arts Council or Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation,116 Bridge Street, Las Vegas, 425-8803.

    • New Mexico State Police will be conducting a DWI checkpoint in San Miguel County from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2.

  • 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.