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Today's News

  • Panel rejects bills to toughen DWI laws

    The Associated Press

    A legislative committee has rejected legislation backed by Gov. Susana Martinez to toughen New Mexico’s penalties on repeat drunken drivers.

    One of the bills supported by the Republican governor but rejected by the Democratic-led House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee would have increased prison time for fourth and subsequent DWI convictions.

    The second bill would have effectively required DWI convictions to figure in the determination on whether a defendant is an habitual offender.

  • 4 percent raise sought for teachers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A coalition of education groups is lobbying the Legislature to provide 4 percent pay raises for teachers and other public school employees next year, a proposal that puts them at odds with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • West board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With school board elections less than two weeks away it’s time to start brushing up on where candidates stand on the issues. Below are responses to questionnaires sent to West Las Vegas School Board Candidates Christine M. Ludi and David G. Romero, who are both running unopposed.

    POSITION 4

    Christine M. Ludi

    Age: 56,
    Address, phone number(s) e-mail addresses: 804 South Pacific; home: 425-6643; cell: 429-1511;   cmludi@live.com.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 28, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Jan. 28 — A long-time resident and well-known newspaper editor of Las Vegas, Walter T. Vivian, died in a local hospital this morning following an extended illness. He came to Las Vegas in 1929 and was employed by the Las Vegas Daily Optic as editor. A short time later, he moved to Roswell, where he was editor of the Roswell Daily Record. He and his wife, Delma, returned to Las Vegas and both entered the employment of the Daily Optic again. He later edited the Gallup Independent.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 28, 2013

    East School Board forum Jan. 30

    A candidate forum has been scheduled for Las Vegas City Schools Board candidates for the Feb. 5 election. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the city schools board room, 901 Douglas Ave. Contact Charlene Jiron, in the superintendent’s office at 454-5702, for more information.

  • Weather - Jan. 28, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.

    Tuesday
    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

  • Violence-prevention program promotes stalking awareness

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Campus Violence Prevention Program is marking national Stalking Awareness Month in January by reaching out to students.

    The national theme is “Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop It.” The violence prevention program has used its Facebook page, No Violence HU, for numerous posts to raise awareness and share resources for stalking. Posters are also on display around campus.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 28, 2013

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Substitute Groundhog“ by Pat Miller. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES
    • The West Las Vegas High School Class of 2003 will have a 10-year reunion planing meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Rye Lounge. For more information call Francisco Sanchez at 429-4437 or Elizabeth Garcia at 718-9117.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Noticias - Jan. 28, 2013

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

  • Shame on the EPA

    Did you catch the Associated Press story out of Weatherford, Texas, on Page 2 of our Jan. 21 edition? It’s a frightening story for anyone who lives near a hydraulic fracturing operation, partly because of the potential contamination to their water supply, but also because it suggests that you can’t trust the government to stand firm and do its job even when the health and safety of your family is at stake.