Today's News

  • FYI - News

    About 17 of the city’s fire hydrants will be flow tested today, Sept. 23, as part of an Insurance Services Office inspection of fire protection in the community. The outcome of the inspection affects property insurance rates in the area, and city Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the hydrant testing needs to get done despite the Stage IV water restrictions that have been in effect since April.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 21, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Dems push PRC  redistricting plans

    SANTA FE — Democrats pushed ahead Monday with plans to revise districts of New Mexico’s regulatory agency, despite the objections of Republicans who say the proposed changes will make it difficult for GOP candidates to compete in some parts of the state.

    The House and Senate approved separate but similar redistricting plans for the Public Regulation Commission, which regulates utilities, telecommunications and insurance.

  • Legislative panel OKs plan

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Senate committee approved a Democratic-backed plan for revamping state Senate districts that will pit two Republican incumbents against each other in the southeastern corner of the state.

    The Rules Committee endorsed the plan on a party-line vote Monday night, with Democrats backing it and Republicans opposed.

    The measure goes to another committee for consideration, but Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, D-Belen, said he hoped the full Senate will be able to debate the proposal Tuesday.

  • Redistricting plan gets senate OK

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republicans objected Monday that Democrats could keep a solid grip on two of New Mexico’s three congressional districts in the future under a redistricting plan approved by the Senate.

    The proposal cleared the Senate on a 27-14 party-line vote and was sent to the Democratic-controlled House for consideration. It’s uncertain when the House will take up the plan.

  • Lawmakers want changes in hearings

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican lawmakers are asking New Mexico regulators to hold more hearings outside of Santa Fe when they begin considering the fate of the state's greenhouse gas emissions rules.

    The House Republican Caucus said in its request that having the hearings in various locations around the state would give more people a chance to weigh in.

  • Story Time
  • Que Pasa - Sept. 21, 2011

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Do Cows Turn Colors in the Fall” by Viki Woodworth and the theme is “Awesome Autumn!” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 21, 2011
  • Noticias - Sept. 21, 2011

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

  • Immediate attention

    City officials have every right to be upset over renovation efforts at a public housing project in West Las Vegas — it appears that the contractor, Nambe Construction of Santa Fe, has made a mess of things. And if the company doesn’t act fast to correct the situation, the city will be justified in terminating the contract and looking for someone else to finish the job.