Today's News

  • Another item for the call

    So Bill Richardson is back home, ready to sink his energy into state business once again. It’s coming at the right time, on the eve of this year’s 30-day legislative session.As he stood at the podium in the Roundhouse on Thursday, the governor vowed to jump post haste back in to the state’s business. In the session starting this week, he said he wants to pass a sweeping health insurance plan for the state — something we applaud enthusiastically.

  • Man accused of ramming cars

    A Las Vegas man is accused of ramming cars and nearly hitting four people in the process, police say.

    Marvin Martinez, 21, 119 Railroad Ave., was charged with four counts of aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated and criminal damage.

    According to a police report, Martinez rammed several cars in the 5100 block of Hightower north of town shortly after midnight last Tuesday. When state police officers showed up, they witnessed Martinez hitting a white minivan, the report states.

  • West OKs contract for sports facility

    The West Las Vegas School board last week approved a master plan and contract for the first phase of the multi-purpose sports facility.

    The board indicated the necessity to have the project move forward before asking for more money for the next phase.

    The board also discussed its legislative agenda concerning the athletic complex, calling it the district’s No. 1 priority. The Legislature starts meeting this week.

  • 24 hours in the Write Lane

    This weekend, the Kluge Auditorium at the United World College will swell with frustration, laughter, and time-driven panic as 60 students and members of the Las Vegas community stare at blank sheets of paper, willing words to coalesce from the high altitude, from a few props and sheer hope. Theatre Arts Instructor Tim Crofton maniacally grins as he explains the 24-Hour Playwriting Project.

  • Land Office: E-mail broke state policy

    An employee in the State Land Office used the state e-mail system to spread the message suggesting that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is involved in a radical Islamic conspiracy to take over America.

    He sent the e-mail to nearly four dozen people, many of whom are employees in state government, including Public Regulation Commission Chairman Ben Ray Lujan, who is a Democratic candidate for Congress.

    The e-mail was also sent to a Las Vegas city councilman, a local merchant and reporters for the Optic and the Albuquerque Journal, among others in Las Vegas.

  • LV Optic says story filled with untruths

    A front-page story in today’s Tri-County News-Times about the Las Vegas Optic is filled with inaccuracies and misinformation, Optic publisher Tom McDonald said this morning.

    The article reports that the Las Vegas Optic is up for sale and that News-Times owner Chris Lopez has made an offer to buy the daily newspaper. He suggested that the News-Times is causing the Optic’s sale.

  • The Bluebird Whisperer

    A bird gripped the delicate stem of a chokecherry bush, his back the color of unbroken sky, his chest the rust echo of New Mexican twilight. He flitted to a small wooden box fixed upon an old propane pipe. Claudia Daigle, a Western Bluebird expert based in Eldorado, smiled as she described her love for her small backyard creatures.

  • Campos fields Luna's questions

    Luna Community College presidential finalist Pete Campos says he has suffered “sleepless nights” recently in dealing with the public scrutiny and speculation surrounding his bid to become the school’s leader on top of his regular responsibilities.

    “Over the last three weeks, I’ve gone through different levels of scrutiny,” he said. “There have been sleepless nights.”

  • Many oppose planned development

    Residents from the village of Las Tusas and Sapello packed this week’s County Commission meeting to voice their opposition to a proposed subdivision they say would have a devastating impact on the area.

    After hearing the complaints, the commission decided to delay the matter.

    Karen Royal, the daughter of the couple submitting the application to subdivide, called the opposition liars and gossipers.

  • McCutcheon performs at local benefit

    A bearded man lightly plucks a deceptively simple arpeggio on his guitar. His voice carries a coat of cannon oil, carries the echo of guns set aside for one December night. The melody is vintage John McCutcheon — tight, rhythmic, with gentle curves around minor corners. The lyrics are poignant, peaceful, the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 on the Western and Eastern fronts of World War I.