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Today's News

  • City fire hydrants to be tested Friday

    About 17 of the city’s fire hydrants will be flow tested this Friday 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.

    “We have to prove that we can protect your homes if something happens,” he said.

  • GOP objects to redistricting plan for PRC

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  —  Republicans are lining up against a Democratic-backed proposal for redistricting New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency.

    Republicans complained Saturday that proposed district boundary changes for the Public Regulation Commission will make it harder for GOP candidates to compete in some parts of the state.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 19, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, Sept. 19 — Yesterday the ground at the corner of Ninth Street and Douglas Avenue was broken for the foundation of the Elks’ new $30,000 club house and in six months from today the Las Vegas lodge will have one of the largest and finest homes in the Southwest...  The exterior of the building, which is of the English Tudor, or modified Gothic type, is to be of brown flashbrick extensively trimmed with native stone... The roof is to be half pitch and covered with red clay tile.

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 19, 2011

    LVCS board meeting is Tuesday

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board regular meeting begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the board room in the administration building at 901 Douglas Ave. Items for action include selection of a replacement for Ricky Serna, who has resigned his board position.

  • Weather - Sept. 19, 2011

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming west 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 50. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Tuesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind around 5 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas remains in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Annual concert for the birds on Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The air will ring with the sound of mariachi music in a serenade for the birds at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday. Originating in the state of Jalisco in Mexico, mariachis accompany celebrations of every kind and speak often of heroism and love.

    The Friends of Las Vegas National Refuge celebrate another year of public service with a love song to the birds and your national wildlife refuge.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 19, 2011

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • Nominations being sought for Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation Annual awards. Nominations for awards must be submitted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday or Tuesday to the CCHP building at 116 Bridge Street in Las Vegas. All nominations must be received by Tuesday, Sept. 20. Award winners will be announced the first week of October and recognized at the annual dinner on Oct. 22. For more information, call CCHP from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 425-8803.

  • West’s policy usurps rights

    The West Las Vegas School Board is flat-out wrong to have passed a policy prohibiting audio or video recordings of its Individual Educational Program (IEP) meetings between educators and parents. It’s unfair to the parents and the students involved; it places the legal interests of the district over the rights of the parents and their children; and it drives a wedge between the educators and the parents who seek what’s best for their kids.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 19, 2011