Today's News

  • Weather - Dec. 21, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. Southwest wind around 10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 58. West wind around 10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Sunny, with a high near 51. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.


  • Vote planned on fiscal cliff

    By Andrew Taylor
    Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON  — The Republican-controlled House pushed ahead Thursday with a bill that would raise taxes on people earning over $1 million a year as hopes faded for a pre-Christmas deal between President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said lawmakers would return to the Capitol on the Thursday after the holiday as a grand bargain to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts proved elusive.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 21, 2012

    The Associated Press

    Skandera seeks $140M increase
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Secretary of Education-designate Hanna Skandera is urging lawmakers to support a funding increase of about $140 million for public schools in fiscal year 2014.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Public Education Department’s request includes $20 million to purchase about 250 new school buses.
    Skandera proposes investing $13.5 million in new money in early-childhood reading initiatives, such as hiring regional reading coaches.

  • Gov: Mentally ill shouldn’t have guns

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said the state should consider taking steps to prevent mentally ill people from getting guns.
    The governor tells The Albuquerque Journal in a statement that she will pursue a proposal during the legislative session next year that would require the state to provide information on people who have been found by a court to be mentally ill or have been committed to an institution.

  • School Board of the Year
  • Que Pasa - Dec. 21, 2012

    • Third Annual Light Parade and House Lighting Contest, Renewing the Spirit of Anton Chico: Friday, Dec. 21 - House Lighting Contest judging starts at dusk; Saturday, Dec. 22 - Oremos 3 p.m. at the school, light parade line-up 5 p.m., and Santa Claus following the parade at the school. For more information, call 505-507-4515.

  • Noticias - Dec. 21, 2012

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

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 21, 2012

    THUMBS UP! OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE. The Castañeda Hotel in the historic Railroad District of East Las Vegas, may finally have a buyer. An  offer was made by Sloane McFarland of Arizona and accepted by owner Marie Eldh, although it won’t be a done deal until details such as financing are completed. Hopefully, there will be no roadblocks along the way to closing.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 21, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Optic kindled outlaw lore

    During the Optic’s first years, Las Vegas was the epicenter of vice and violence in the wild west, as many notorious outlaws took up residence in the new rail town.
    So it was that during the Optic’s formative years, Russ Kistler’s colorful coverage of the mayhem and mischief on the streets of Las Vegas, helped make the young editor one of the leading newspapermen of that era — and the Optic a precursor in creating the lore and legend of the western outlaw.