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Today's News

  • Drought challenging refuge

    Submitted to the Optic

    The rains of the last two weeks have been a welcome sight for the drought stricken Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. But even with slightly more than two inches of precipitation recently the refuge is still suffering as the drought marches across the state.

    The refuge has been taking precautions for the past several years as the worst drought in 50 years continues.

  • A wedge issue?

    It’s been mentioned though not emphasized, but a recent West Las Vegas School Board meeting suggests that it’s already creating some friction between the Meadow City’s two school districts. We’re talking about the east side’s new four-day school week, and how it’s going to go over on the west side.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 22, 2012
  • Work of Art - A psshh-ing expedition

    “Let’s go over that again, Phillip, and this time, try to get rid of the excessive tire pressure.”

    That was part of a bit of coaching I once did as a teacher of beginning speech in high school and college. My 33 years of teaching that subject yielded some interesting trivia.

    First, I learned that students in this area have peculiar speech mannerisms. How many times have you heard it said that people in Las Vegas specifically, and northern New Mexico generally, have their own style of talking?

    Let me explain:

  • Unstoppable - Blind swimmer seeks more than gold medals in London’s Paralympic Games

    She may make it to the medal stand in any of the five swimming events she’ll be competing in over the next few weeks at the London Paralympic Games. Then again, she may not.

    But success isn’t measured merely in gold medals for Letticia Martinez.
    Success — as she understands it — is also about making others’ lives better, and if her journey can inspire someone to rise above their own adversity, she will have reason to smile and raise her arm in victory.

  • FYI - Sports - August 22, 2012

    Bean Day softball tournament will be held Sept. 1-2 in Wagon Mound. First through fourth place trophies will be awarded, as will honors for one home run, 10 all-tourney shirts and one MVP sweatshirt. Entry fee is $175. Contact Felipe Garcia at 505-718-9322 or 575-666-3030 for more details and registration information.

  • Council hikes sewer rates

    The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously last week to increase sewer rates, but it postponed action on just how large of a water rate increase to implement.

    The proposed steep increases in water rates is the item that has drawn the most attention since the city unveiled the proposed rate hikes, but the council opted to hold off on voting on the recommended increases until alternatives can be developed and presented for consideration.

  • Head Start changes irk West board

    Las Vegas City Schools’ decision to switch to a four-day week is affecting not only their district but also the West Las Vegas School District.

    Already the West district has had to change the operations of its Head Start classes held at Los Niños Elementary on the east side, a move that the West board isn’t happy about.

  • Watrous Day
  • NM revises Medicaid overhaul plan

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration asked the federal government on Friday to approve a revised plan to overhaul a program providing health care for a fourth of New Mexico’s population.