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Today's News

  • City moratorium delayed

    Oil and gas drilling once again took center stage at this past Wednesday’s City Council meeting, this time after the city attorney proposed another moratorium on it within city limits.

    City Attorney Dave Romero said the city’s previous moratorium on permits for oil, gas and geothermal drilling, exploration and extraction has expired.

    He said the ordinance proposed would continue the moratorium until the city is able to finalize rules for the activity.

  • Prayers for Rain
  • Vacant building law to get rewrite

    City staff and the community planner helping them retool the city’s vacant building ordinance conceded Thursday that they’ll need to go back to the drawing board to come up with a more workable law.

    “The ordinance will look very different than what you see tonight, which is based on the current ordinance,” said community planner Charlie Deans, with the firm Community by Design. “It’s a major rewrite.”

  • Woman warns of possible scam

    An area woman is warning Las Vegas resident to beware of a possible scam she almost fell victim to.

    Maria Gonzales said she received a call on her cell phone last week from someone informing her she won $400,000 and a 2012 Tahoe. The catch: they wanted her to wire $898 to a person she didn’t know so that she could collect the money.

    Gonzales, who contacted the Optic Thursday afternoon, said she told the man on the phone that she was poor and didn’t have the money. He suggested she borrow it.

  • No one-size-fits-all approach to wooing Hispanic voters

     By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — In New Mexico, Tomasita Maestas says she will pick the presidential candidate who has the best plan to fix education and the economy.

    In Arizona, Mexican immigrant Carlos Gomez backs Republican Mitt Romney because he’s more conservative on social issues than his Democratic opponent.

  • Looking Back - News - July 2, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, July 5 — Interference by police saves Jim Flynn humiliation of knockout by Jack Johnson. Capt. Fanoff stopped the heavyweight battle on account of many fouls the champion landed on opponent at will. It shows the champion is still the master of the fighting game.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 2, 2012

    Calling all veterans

    The city of Las Vegas has chosen veterans as the 2012 4th of July Parade grand marshals. The parade starts at 10 a.m. this Wednesday at Second Street and Mills Avenue and ends at Plaza Park. A special veterans program will follow at the park. For more information, call 505-718-9856 or email nnmveterans@gmail.com

  • Weather - July 2, 2012

    Monday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. South wind 5-15 mph.  

    Tuesday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 5-10 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56.  

  • Wedding Bells
  • Que Pasa - July 2, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • 2012 Relay for Life of San Miguel County, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 to noon on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the West Las Vegas High School Football and track field. Survivors dinner from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.on Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Night Owl. To reserve a seat at the dinner, call Helen Garcia at 454-8081 by Monday, July 2. Teams interested in registering for the relay, contact Angelica Gallegos at 429-1660 by Monday, July 2.

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