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Today's News

  • Don’t base it on politics

    We don’t care whether the administrator of the state hospital is a Democrat or Republican. Frankly, we don’t want that official to cozy up to any governor or elected official.

    Rather, the administrator should focus on the job at hand.

    Troy Jones, the hospital’s chief for the last two and a half years, hasn’t been a political guy, thankfully. Not long before he took the reins, the administrator’s position was made exempt — in other words, an appointee of the governor.

  • Right to reverse

    The Las Vegas City Council was right to reverse its decision on a proposed subdivision in the 2300 block of New Mexico Avenue.

    During a public hearing last year, some neighbors testified that they thought the subdivision would consist of low-income homes attracting a criminal element. Afterward, the council voted 3-2 to reject the proposal by local developer Phil Warfield. One member voting against the development said he feared an increase in traffic; the other two didn’t give reasons for their vote.

  • Work of Art: I’m not saying it was windy

    By Art Trujillo

    Many people talked as if they’d never seen or felt anything like it. “This is the worst wind we’ve had,” was oft-repeated.

    Remember, this is Las Vegas, where nobody remains unhappy about the weather, because it changes so often.

    Where else can we have five consecutive days of dry, freezing cold, followed by two summer-like days, followed by winds up to 74 mph, and then a foot of snow? Winds between 74 and 95 mph constitute a Category 1 hurricane.

  • Noticias-Dec. 22, 2010

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

    • The Grand Avenue project will be suspended starting on Friday, Dec. 17 and construction operations will resume in March 2011 contingent on winter weather according to NMDOT District Four and Fisher Sand and Gravel. For more information, call Anthony Martinez, Project Manager at 454-3690 or Kenny Lujan, District Four Public Information Officer at 617-5900.

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 22, 2010

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Carnegie Library. The theme will be “Christmas in Las Vegas.” The book will be “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Eileen Daly. The craft will be a Christmas photo frame.

    FRIDAY VIERNES
    • Santa Claus visits the Tecolote Fire Department starting at 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 24.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    EL PORVENIR    

  • East official criticizes board

    Las Vegas City Schools Associate Superintendent LeeEtte Quintana says she got a rotten deal from the school board as she was left out of any discussions concerning the replacement of Superintendent Rick Romero.

    “I have not been treated with the dignity and respect that I deserve,” she said in an interview. 

    “I feel that I was disrespected by the board. I have dedicated much of my career and education to Las Vegas City Schools, not for anything more than to do good,” Quintana said.

  • Sauce for the Goose
  • City reverses decision on development

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved a west-side subdivision, reversing a decision from a year ago.

    The council did so on the advice of its attorney, who reported that District Court had sided with the developer, who had filed a lawsuit over last year’s rejection.

    In a public hearing in November 2009, some residents said they opposed the proposed four-lot subdivision of modular homes in the 2300 block of New Mexico Avenue because it would consist of low-income homes that would attract a “criminal element.”

  • Retired teacher runs for East board

    A retired educator plans to run for the Las Vegas City Schools board. Filing day for candidates is Tuesday.

    Gloria M. Lovato Pacheco, 52, a native of Watrous and a resident of Las Vegas for 36 years, is a retired Robertson High School special needs teacher and transition specialist.

    “I think the primary task and focus of a board member is to assist the greater community in taking ownership of its school system,” she said in a statement.

  • West superintendent: Don’t close any elementary schools

    West Las Vegas residents have made one thing clear: Don’t close any schools.

    That’s what West Las Vegas Superintendent Ruben Cordova recently reported to the school board.

    He said public hearings have been held as part of the district’s effort to draft a new master plan.