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Today's News

  • HUD official 'torpedoed' Vegas

    ALBUQUERQUE — A top federal housing official has “torpedoed” Las Vegas’ housing authority over the last few years because he believes local politicians are inherently corrupt, one of his former subordinates says.

    Mathew O’Grady, a federal housing revitalization specialist who resigned last week after more than two years, said his boss, Floyd Duran, unfairly placed the local housing authority on troubled status out of spite against a former housing director, Lawrence Quintana.

  • Residents can't bring signs to Michelle Obama rally

    Michelle Obama, the wife of the Democratic presidential candidate, will be speaking today at a rally in Las Vegas’ Plaza, and bringing in signs will not be permitted. Pro-Obama signs, however, will be passed out in the Plaza area — after people pass through security.

    A press release from the Obama-Biden campaign announcing Michelle Obama’s visit to Las Vegas’ plaza, slated for this afternoon, stated at the bottom, “No signs or banners permitted.”

  • Sparring on the East board

    Recently, we printed a story in which East school board member Patrick Romero questioned whether his colleague, Ramon “Swoops” Montao, is a resident of the school district. Montao contended he was.

    Not long after, the board met in a work session, and the two sparred over the issue. Unfortunately, the Optic was short people that day, and we couldn’t cover the meeting.

    But their arguments are already pretty well known.

  • Las Vegas historic building to be rehabilitated

    At a time when lending dollars are scarce, the state Historic Preservation Division and the Bank of Las Vegas have closed a loan that will help rehabilitate a historic building and open a new business, officials say.

  • Michelle Obama to visit Las Vegas

    Michelle Obama, wife of the Democratic presidential candidate, is expected to speak in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

    The Obama campaign announced over the weekend that Obama would be leading the “Early Vote for Change” rally, which is set to begin at 11 a.m. at Plaza Park. The public entrance will be at the southwest corner of the Plaza. The event will be free and open to the public. Also, people can RSVP at nm.barackobama.com.

  • City’s CNG station again closed

    The compressed natural gas station near City Hall is closing immediately because of a dispensing unit malfunction.

    “With the high prices of gasoline, CNG provides a great and green energy. Unfortunately, the major malfunction forced us to close the natural gas station,” said Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez. “I am working with our utilities director, George DuFour, to figure out a plan of action.”

    The CNG station was installed in 1994; however, the parts for the station were made in 1992. The estimated cost to repair the station is $30,000.

  • Our take on the amendments

    Here are the Las Vegas Optic’s positions on the five state constitutional amendments that are coming before New Mexico voters in the general election:

  • HU, hospital expect belt-tightening

    Officials from the state hospital and Highlands University are expecting state budget cuts to take a toll on their institutions, but they haven’t been handed any specific mandates yet.

    Last week, Gov. Bill Richardson ordered cutbacks in state spending to help offset a projected budget shortfall of more than $200 million. He attributes this problem to the nation’s financial crisis.

    Such reductions could have a big impact on Las Vegas, whose economy is dominated by the state government.

  • Giving young writers 'the green light'

    Kate Alderete, children’s librarian for the Carnegie Public Library in Las Vegas is passionate about writing and youth.

    That’s why she created the “Green Light to Write Project,” a program of the Carnegie Library which gives students hands-on experience and professional training in writing in a variety of genres.

    “I grew up here, and I write,” Alderete said. “I’ve been writing all my life. I wanted to do something kind of academic, but in a different setting, for kids interested in creative writing.”

  • Woman is driving force at kitchen

    Some years ago, Carol Durham and her husband, Grover Durham, wanted to find a small community where they could spend time volunteering.

    Enter Las Vegas.

    Carol Durham taught mathematics at Florida Southern College, a small private school in Lakeland. When she retired, she and her husband looked for a small community where they could make a difference. So seven years ago, the Durhams packed up their belongings and moved to their new home in Las Vegas.

    Durham has always been active and says part of the joy of living is staying busy helping others.