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Today's News

  • PD: Crime on the decline in city's public housing

    Crime has been on the decline in public housing over the last couple of years, thanks to a more aggressive law enforcement presence, a police official said this week.

    Las Vegas police Capt. Eugene Garcia told the Las Vegas City Council, which acts as the housing authority’s governing board, that the Police Department and the authority launched a new effort in 2008 to combat crime.

    “I am really proud of the statistics and what we actually did,” Garcia said.

  • Letter: Thoughts for the new school year

    A new school year has started and I know I’m preaching to the choir but it never hurts to reinforce important facts. Teaching is a hard but rewarding job. Next to the parents, a teacher is the most important person in a child’s life. Educators spend a lot of time and energy and money to prepare for their professions. Presidents, governors, and all other important people in the world accomplished something because they had good teachers who recognized their talents and potential early in life. A teacher’s patience and dedication never go unrewarded.

  • Letter: More educating on recycling, please

    I was delighted to read in Friday's Optic that the city of Las Vegas is considering a new recycling hub. Until I read the article I wasn’t aware that Las Vegas was engaged in recycling at all. I am pleased to hear that they plan to improve their recycling program.

  • Ortiz foretells huge tax hike

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz told county commissioners Tuesday that there will be a nearly 30 percent increase in property taxes for east-side homeowners beginning Nov. 1.

    “One issue that you will be hearing about is residents in the Las Vegas City Schools district will be seeing close to a 30 percent increase,” Ortiz said.

    Ortiz said he spoke with East school district financial adviser Al Clemmons of George K. Baum & Co., who explained that an error was made last year related to subsidized spending with general obligation dollars.

  • Another round of 'Boxeo'

    Several of Las Vegas' professional boxers will be showcased when local promoter Carlos Crespin brings his second major pro card to town in November.

    “Boxeo en Las Vegas II” is set for Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Gillie Lopez Gymnasium. Tickets -- $25 bleachers, $50 floor seats -- will go on sale in a couple of weeks, Crespin told the Optic on Wednesday.

  • Senior Profile: Fathers to a community

    The legendary East-West Las Vegas division debate virtually fades in the light of at least one nexus which unites members of the Roman Catholic community on both sides of the Gallinas — and beyond.

    Father George Salazar and Father C. John Brasher, pastors of Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Sorrows parishes, respectively, agree on a key concept, “One town, one family.” And so it is.

  • Letter: Editorial cartoon misrepresentative

    Do you really believe what is portrayed in this cartoon (which ran Sept. 1)? From all that I saw on TV, and read in the various news releases, the crowd that attended the (Glenn) Beck gathering were far from ignorant and they were not uninformed.

    I have a recording of (Martin Luther) King’s speech that I have heard dozens of times and I have always thought he was speaking to all of us. Beck was not “stealing the legacy.” There is much more hate and ill will expressed in this cartoon than appeared at the meeting.

  • Publisher's Note: Bad business

    It's no secret that the nation has been riding out a deep recession for a couple of years now. At the Las Vegas Optic, where I’ve been editor and publisher for nearly six years, we have faced these hard times by making tough decisions.

     Last year, for example, we made the move from carrier delivery of our newspaper to mailed delivery. It saved us money. Getting our product to our customers is a costly endeavor, and we were thrilled to find a more affordable option with the U.S. Postal Service.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    On Aug. 21, John’s Cowboy Kitchen in Mora held its second annual car show and hotrod run.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of Valley Elementary and Middle School, I would like to thank Albertson’s Grocery Store on St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe for allowing my school to be part of their special event, which was held Aug. 7.

    Thanks to Mr. Eddie Morales and Mr. George Cavolos of Premier Distributing Company for all their contributions. I want to thank all of the people who supported our fundraising efforts.

    Becky Gallegos

    Principal

    Valley Elementary and Middle School