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Today's News

  • Gonzales will continue as chair of state Dem party

    The Associated Press

    Javier Gonzales of Santa Fe has been re-elected chairman of New Mexico’s Democratic Party.
    Gonzales has served as chairman since 2009.

    The party’s state central committee selected Gonzales Saturday to continue for a two-year term. He defeated two challengers, Albuquerque lawyer Sam Bregman and Letitia Montoya of Santa Fe.

  • Rio Gallinas faces audit

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico education officials say 28 charter schools statewide will face an initial review of their enrollment numbers in the coming weeks.

    Rio Gallinas at West Las Vegas is among the charter schools facing a review, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

    State Secretary of Education-designate Hanna Skandera says special education and teacher training numbers grew sharply since last year.

    She wants to root out districts that she says are “gaming” the system by over-reporting those numbers.

  • Residents get the shaft

    Let’s see if we can get ahead of the outrage over the latest news that the city of Las Vegas overcharged its residents more than a third of a million dollars in garbage fees. Yes, the outrage is justified, since the city’s customers got the shaft for the city’s mistake, and it’s really too late to correct it (unless we want to see the city pass the mistake on to current customers in order to pay previous customers). But beyond the outrage, there’s a need for some accountability here.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 2, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Who cares about apathy?

    The “Las Vegas United” piece I wrote a couple of weeks ago resulted in some positive feedback from readers. It seems a lot of people agree that this town needs to set aside its differences for the common good, and for that I’m thankful.

    However, it seems there’s another prevailing sentiment that didn’t occur to me until a couple of people pointed it out to me. This town, they told me, has too many people who just don’t care.

  • SynergyFest
  • Que Pasa - May 2, 2011

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • Celebration of the partnership between UWC-USA and the First United Presbyterian Church in creating a community center in the nearly completed Old Town Mission Church. Find out more about what is being planned and how you might get involved. Celebration and signing ceremony between The First United Presbyterian Church and UWC-USA, 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 at the church on Chavez and Socorro streets. RSVP to sharon.seto@uwc-usa.org or 454-4206.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • Noticias - May 2, 2011

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

  • Pope beatifies John Paul II

    By Nicole Winfield
    and Vanessa Gera
    Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — Some 1.5 million pilgrims flooded Rome Sunday to watch Pope John Paul II move a step closer to sainthood in one of the largest Vatican Masses in history, an outpouring of adoration for a beloved and historic figure after years marred by church scandal.

  • RHS tennis dominates district

    Just about the only thing standing in the way of district tennis championships for Robertson High this past weekend? Robertson itself.

    Robertson nearly monopolized the individual district finals on Friday in Taos, placing both finalists in boys’ singles, girls’ singles and girls’ doubles.

    Then on Saturday, the Cardinals and Lady Cardinals swept to team championships, looking to garner high seeds in this week’s state tournament, which begins Thursday in Albuquerque.

    Seniors held court in the singles matches.