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Today's News

  • Las Vegas woman celebrates 103rd birthday

    Rosita M. Gallegos is one of Las Vegas’ oldest residents.  

    She celebrated her 103rd birthday on June 26 with more than 50 family members and friends present.

    A party was held in her honor at Vida Encantada Rehab where she has resided for the past two years. Her actual birthday was June 29.  

    Many family members traveled from far away to be with the matriarch on her special day. Her room was filled with fresh roses  in honor of her nickname, Rose.

  • Fiesta queen told not to show up

    The 2009 Fiesta queen, Carmela Montoya, had been planning to take part in this year’s Fiestas de Las Vegas, as is the tradition.

    But two days before the festivities, which began July 2, Montoya was told not to bother. Last week, the Fiesta Council cut her promised scholarship in half, saying she didn’t keep her end of the bargain as queen.

    It’s just the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the Fiesta Council, whose president, Mathew Martinez, recently ousted six of the group’s 18 members.

  • Panel: Recycling improvements pushed

    The recycling area at the city’s transfer station is messy and isn’t customer friendly, a task force says.

    Recently, a six-member task force presented its findings and recommendations for the city’s recycling program.

    The panel stated in its report that the program has been unable to ensure that recyclable materials aren’t mixed with other things. It said that the collection site is isolated from the main office and isn’t monitored to ensure correct disposal.

  • Letter: Distribute info more broadly

    In reference to the July 2-4 front page story, “City enacts tougher penalties,” I think it’s a good idea. However, even though the Optic prints the watering schedule, the city needs to send a schedule with their billing also. Not everyone gets or reads the paper.

    Law can be better enforced if the city makes sure no one has the excuse of “I didn’t know.”

  • Editorial: Amen to accountability

    Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge wants to put new accountability measures in place with the Fiesta Council. If the council is spending taxpayer dollars, we should know how the folks in charge are spending our money.

    The other day, Yvette Arellanes, the council’s treasurer, showed an Optic reporter a document of recent deposits and withdrawals as an example of how her group tracks its finances. We’re glad that the Fiesta Council has that documentation.

  • As It Is: Taking responsibility

    I thought the cat and her four kittens that hung around my house weren’t my pets. They started coming by a month ago, so I began putting out food for them. I didn’t let them inside my house.

    But it turns out they were mine — in the eyes of the law. Code enforcement officer Rodney Perea told me that if people feed animals for three days or more, they are considered the owners.

    I didn’t think I was a part of the animal overpopulation problem. I just saw some hungry cats and felt compelled to feed them.

  • Fries: Highlands long aware of problem

    Highlands University maintains that it has been aware of city natural gas overcharges for the last two years.

    The university disputed the argument from the city that no one at Highlands caught the jump in bills, so it was paid until around the beginning of the year.

    “The university was quite aware of the overcharge for the past two years and has been working with the city during that time to address the problem,” Highlands President Jim Fries said in an e-mail last week to the school’s employees.

  • All-Star champs galore!

    Six contested divisions.

    Six finalists from the Meadow City.

    With five Las Vegas Little League teams and one from La Plaza reaching the championship games of this past week’s District 4 championships in Raton, this has been one of the better postseasons yet for the city’s young baseball and softball players.

    LVLL 9-10 and 10-11 softball teams brought home the first titles on Tuesday (see Friday’s Optic), and the league’s 11-12 squad was a runner-up.

  • Letter: City realities, solutions, plans

    Our annual rainfall varies from 13 to 16 inches per year. We are a high desert. Our city only has stored enough water to last for about a month. Droughts have happened here and will happen again. Peterson Dam needs repair. Silt has reduced the storage capacity of both Bradner and Peterson reservoirs. Water conservation must occur for our city to survive.

    We must treat our water as the precious resource that it is. Citizens that use more water should pay higher rates than those who conserve.

  • Adult softball

    The following are upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league.

    Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex.

    Men’s division

    Upcoming games:

    MONday, JuLY 19

    Dream Team vs. Hackers, 6:15 p.m.; Blaze vs. Tecolote, 7:30 p.m.; Buzzards vs. Louisville Chuggers, 8:45 p.m.

    WEDNESday, JuLY 21

    DB’s Milkmen vs. Vegas Boyz, 6:15 p.m.; Hackers vs. Blaze, 7:30 p.m.; Louisville Chuggers vs. The Best, 8:45 p.m.

    Standings: