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Today's News

  • HU hoops
  • Your choices

    It’s clear that there’s considerable interest in this year’s school board elections — the turnout at last week’s forums demonstrated that. And for those who are still pondering whom to vote for, the Optic is producing an election guide, to be inserted in Friday’s paper, that’s packed with viewpoints and opinions from all 17 candidates running in the Las Vegas elections. Read their responses to our questions and you’ll have an even better idea where each candidate stands.

  • Work of Art: A picnic? You mean today?

    By Art Trujillo

    After having struck out on my own — trying to survive by publishing my own weekly newspaper in suburban Chicago, I returned to the Meadow City, in 1964.

    My smartest decision: re-enroll at Highlands University, the institution I had left five years earlier, following grades less than many-splendored. Pell Grants and lottery scholarships hadn’t been invented yet, so most students took a part-time job.

  • East-side forum draws crowd

    Fiscal concerns top the list of issues facing the Las Vegas City Schools, say several candidates for that district’s school board.

    Nine hopefuls — three for each of three positions — participated in a public forum Thursday at Memorial Middle School’s auditorium. The forum, conducted by Community Committee for Better Schools and the Las Vegas Optic, drew more than 125 spectators on a chilly evening.

    School board elections on both sides of town will be held Tuesday, Feb. 1.

  • Students to meet candidates

    A group of students at Robertson High School decided that they need to meet the candidates for this year’s three open school board positions, so they took matters into their own hands.

    The result is another candidate forum — this one at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Robertson’s media room in the library.

    Seniors Aaron Padilla, Wesley Cole and Lexus Jaramillo, of the school’s Key Club, have been the movers and shakers behind the effort to organize the forum.

  • Gubernatorial reading
  • Powell freezes land exchanges

    From AP and staff reports

    State Land Commissioner Ray Powell has ordered an immediate moratorium on land exchanges.

    In making the announcement last week, Powell said three proposed land exchanges in the White Peak area of Mora and Colfax counties will not go forward.

    The action is part of an overall review of policies at the State Land Office.

  • LV man charged with raping girl

    A Las Vegas man was arrested Friday for allegedly raping a little girl repeatedly, beginning when she was 9 years old.

  • Forum impressions

    Moderator Alex Aragon and the Community Committee for Better Schools, which did the bulk of the work to make last week’s candidate forums successful, should be pleased with one thing over all else — the turnout. More than 200 people attended the West and East  forums, which is a good showing by any account. And while there were simply too many questions and not enough time to get to them all, the crowds themselves were a dramatic statement to the candidates. People in both districts are paying attention.

  • Publisher’s Note: The school board elections

    Last week was all about the school board elections. And this week is the big buildup to the grand finale.

    Already people are casting their ballot — early voting got under way a couple weeks ago. But Feb. 1 is election day, and 17 committed  candidates on the west and east sides of town will be whittled down to six elected officials.