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Today's News

  • Westminster Winner

    Former Las Vegas resident Amber Sena is getting national exposure after winning the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Art Competition.

    Now a resident of Brooklyn, Sena created the winning art that was featured at the 135-year-old competition held last month. The charcoal and pastel piece is titled “Canon of Canine.”

    “I’m just a small-town girl from Vegas who happened to have something exciting happen recently,” said Sena, a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University and Robertson High School.

  • City charter remains in question

    One year after a majority of voters signed off on a new charter for the city of Las Vegas, its validity remains up in the air.

    And with the new charter scheduled to take effect in a year, the mayor and city attorney are hoping to get the issue resolved once and for all.

    The City Council is slated to take up the issue publicly at its meeting this Wednesday.

    The city has hired local attorney Luis Juarez to prepare a petition asking a judge to issue a ruling on the charter, which essentially serves as the city’s constitution.

  • Breaking new ground

    Amid pledges to make sure that area residents get their money’s worth, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and other city officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a $420,000 solid waste project that includes a major overhaul of the transfer station on Airport Road and the purchase of new dump trucks.

    “We are going to do things that should have been done many, many years ago,” Ortiz said.

    The mayor said citizens are financing a worthwhile, and essential project that will help the city do a better job of controlling litter.

  • Noticias - March 14, 2011

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

  • Que Pasa - March 14, 2011

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • “The Wizard of Oz” — children’s broadway musical by American Family Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on March 15 at NMHU’s Ilfeld Auditorium. General admission: $8, children (10 years and under) and NMHU students w/valid I.D.’s: $5. Tickets may be purchased, Monday through Friday at KEDP radio station, studio 103 on the NMHU campus for more information, contact Donna Martinez at martinezda@nmhu.edu or 454-3238.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • Learning lessons

    We appreciated what Gary Gold had to say after accepting the position of president of the West Las Vegas Schools board. He and fellow board member Christine Ludi seemed to be excited over the prospect of having a united front when it comes to tackling the district’s problems — and for good reason, given the politics that swirled around the board in recent years.

  • Publisher's Note: Restoring monetary value

    Once upon a time, if you wanted to read the news in the Las Vegas Optic, you had to actually buy the paper.

    Then the Internet came along and the Optic went online. Then, suddenly, the hard work of our newsroom could be read for free.

    It’s a credit to the quality of our product and services (and an indication that many of our readers still prefer to read hardcopy editions) that we’ve managed to hold on tight to our subscription base.

  • Cards 3rd in Socorro tournament

    With wins over Española and Hatch Valley to follow an opening loss to Lordsburg, the Robertson baseball team collected a third-place finish over the weekend in the Socorro Wood Bat Invitational.

    Lordsburg, aided by a two-hour time limit, won 11-5 on Thursday.

    Robertson’s Dominic Yara belted a three-RBI double in the second inning.

    Miclo Allen was tagged with the loss.

    The Cardinals bounced back to bump Española 11-3 on Friday.

  • Unstoppa-bulls!
  • Cowboys sweep Lopers on Saturday

    J.P. Hollywood scored on a Clay Mohr single down the left field line, breaking a scoreless stalemate with a walk-off winner in the first of two wins Saturday by New Mexico Highlands against Nebraska-Kearney.

    Highlands also won the nightcap, 4-2, to take a 2-1 lead in the weekend Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball series at Brandt Park.

    The Lopers (9-5, 5-2 RMAC) had prevailed 14-4 on Friday, spoiling a three-run homer by Highlands’ Michael Garcia.
    Kyle Sayers, who pitched seven innings and limited the Lopers to five hits and three