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  • In Brief - Local News - April 16, 2012

    City administration touts ‘clean audit’

    The city of Las Vegas announced last week that the audit covering the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2011, has been completed, and that the city received a “clean opinion.”

    The audit has yet to be made public by the state auditor’s office. But according to a statement issued by the city last week, the audit contains nine audit findings, though none of them were deemed by auditors to be material weaknesses, the most serious type of finding.

  • Looking Back - April 16, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, April 15 — In memory of her late husband, Mrs. Henry Goke has presented to the New Mexico Normal University a handsome office safe. This was delivered to the office of the Normal this morning. Mrs. Goke intends to have the safe inscribed at once. Mrs. Goke, whose Las Vegas residence is adjoining the Normal grounds, always took a keen interest in the school.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 16, 2012

    Don’t forget to vote

    If you’re a registered city voter and you haven’t already cast a ballot in the city’s runoff election, Tuesday is your last chance. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Facing off in the mayoral race are Tonita Gurule-Giron and Alfonso Ortiz. Ward 3 voters will also decide between Joseph “Joey” Herrera and Joseph McCaffrey.

  • Weather - April 16, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35. West wind 5 -15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Sunny, with a high near 74. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 44.

    Sunny, with a high near 75. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42.

  • Domínguez retires from Los Alamos laboratory

    Submitted to the Optic

    Martín V. Domínguez who has been the Labor Relations Program Manager/Group Leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory since Dec. 1, 2008, retired late last month.

    He has been responsible for negotiating and administering 14 collective bargaining agreements with more than a dozen building and construction trade unions; facilitating labor arbitrations, grievance mediations, and responding to Federal and State agencies on employment and labor relations claims.

  • Que Pasa - April 16, 2012

    • The Wealth of Water: Short Term Gains vs. Long Term Opportunity, presented by Miguel Santistevan, a native of Taos, 4 p.m. children presentation, 5 p.m. adult and children presentation, 6:30 p.m. free tamales and refreshments with the documentary showing of “Gasland” on Monday, April 16 at Tapetes de Lana in Mora. Sponsored by Mora Democracy School Committee. For more information, contact the MDSC at 575-387-5485.


  • Noticias - April 16, 2012

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

    • The Las Vegas Optic is updating its noticias.  Organizations are asked to resubmit their submissions to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com. For questions, call 425-6796 ext. 239.

    • The Las Vegas Police Department is requesting assistance from business owners to update the department’s emergency contacts. They are requesting all local businesses to fill out an afterhours contact form to better serve the community. Forms are available at the station and on the city’s website.

  • Voting in the runoffs

    We anticipate, on the eve of Las Vegas’ first runoff election, that the turnout will be low. Most runoffs in other locales turn out fewer voters than the election that preceded them, and that’s likely to be the case here in Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 16, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A letters ‘explainer’

    This is what people in the news business call an “explainer” piece, where I offer up insights about how letters to the editor get published here at the Optic. Whether you’re a letter writer or simply a letter reader, hopefully you’ll find this informative.

    I have the privilege of handling the letters sent in for publication. In a typical week, I get a steady flow of letters, mostly by e-mail, a few typed up and dropped off or mailed in, and one or two a week sent in someone’s handwriting.