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Today's News

  • Noticias-Dec. 22, 2010

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

    • The Grand Avenue project will be suspended starting on Friday, Dec. 17 and construction operations will resume in March 2011 contingent on winter weather according to NMDOT District Four and Fisher Sand and Gravel. For more information, call Anthony Martinez, Project Manager at 454-3690 or Kenny Lujan, District Four Public Information Officer at 617-5900.

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 22, 2010

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Carnegie Library. The theme will be “Christmas in Las Vegas.” The book will be “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Eileen Daly. The craft will be a Christmas photo frame.

    FRIDAY VIERNES
    • Santa Claus visits the Tecolote Fire Department starting at 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 24.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR    

  • East official criticizes board

    Las Vegas City Schools Associate Superintendent LeeEtte Quintana says she got a rotten deal from the school board as she was left out of any discussions concerning the replacement of Superintendent Rick Romero.

    “I have not been treated with the dignity and respect that I deserve,” she said in an interview. 

    “I feel that I was disrespected by the board. I have dedicated much of my career and education to Las Vegas City Schools, not for anything more than to do good,” Quintana said.

  • Sauce for the Goose
  • City reverses decision on development

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved a west-side subdivision, reversing a decision from a year ago.

    The council did so on the advice of its attorney, who reported that District Court had sided with the developer, who had filed a lawsuit over last year’s rejection.

    In a public hearing in November 2009, some residents said they opposed the proposed four-lot subdivision of modular homes in the 2300 block of New Mexico Avenue because it would consist of low-income homes that would attract a “criminal element.”

  • Retired teacher runs for East board

    A retired educator plans to run for the Las Vegas City Schools board. Filing day for candidates is Tuesday.

    Gloria M. Lovato Pacheco, 52, a native of Watrous and a resident of Las Vegas for 36 years, is a retired Robertson High School special needs teacher and transition specialist.

    “I think the primary task and focus of a board member is to assist the greater community in taking ownership of its school system,” she said in a statement.

  • West superintendent: Don’t close any elementary schools

    West Las Vegas residents have made one thing clear: Don’t close any schools.

    That’s what West Las Vegas Superintendent Ruben Cordova recently reported to the school board.

    He said public hearings have been held as part of the district’s effort to draft a new master plan.

  • All-district teams named for fall

    Fourteen high school football players and seven prep volleyball players from Las Vegas led the list of honorees on the All-District 2-3A teams for fall 2010.

    The list was released to the Optic this past week by West Las Vegas High athletic director Jose “Majic” Medina.

  • Good ideas for Fiestas

    Now that the city is running the show, it is coming up with some good ideas on how to make Fiestas de Las Vegas an even better event.

    Its best one is to develop ways to bring more children to the annual July event. As it stands, the main attraction at Fiestas is the entertainment in the Plaza gazebo. And that should remain the case.

    But as for kids’ activities, there are very few, other than a jumping castle and a few games. City officials are thinking of bringing other things to attract children such as a climbing wall and a mini-carnival.

  • As It Is: Montaño took tough questions

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño left recently as president of the Las Vegas City Schools board. He was never one to shy away from controversy or avoid people’s calls.

    We should know. The school district has had its share of controversies over the years, yet Montaño has always been accessible to our newspaper. He has spoken with us when it would have been a lot easier for him to get into his bunker.

    Patrick Romero is the other member of the board who has been equally accessible. Phillip Vigil has been available to a lesser extent.