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Today's News

  • Alamo Street project resumes

    A contractor has resumed the Alamo Street project, which is slated to be finished by month’s end.

    That’s likely to be a relief to residents on Alamo, who have complained about the muddy street during the worst of winter. It took residents four-wheel drives at times to get to their houses.

    The contractor, Sangre de Cristo Gravel, said it tried its best to keep the road as navigable as possible.

    In mid-December, the city suspended the paving project on Alamo from McRae to South Pacific streets because of the onset of winter.

  • Famous scientist visits Las Vegas

    Ushered into the United World College auditorium by youngsters wielding a huge cloth “Peace Dove,” London-born Jane Goodall, world-renowned ethologist  and primatologist, was greeted with a standing ovation by the overflow crowd.

    Goodall immediately charmed the group with her own greeting — the rising cadence of  “OO-OO-OO-OO-OO” — recognizable as the sound of chimpanzee salutation.

  • Editorial: Slippery explanations

    Our elected officials are required to live in the districts they represent. So it’s fair game to ask candidates for office about their residency.

    Voters can now reasonably wonder if District 1 San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia lives here or in Sandoval County, which is two hours down the road.

    When a reporter called Garcia last week about these issues, she didn’t return the message. Instead, she had her husband and predecessor on the board, LeRoy Garcia, answer our reporter’s inquiries.

  • West gets it done

    How the West has won.

    West Las Vegas topped Robertson in baseball and softball games on Tuesday, taking the former by a 7-5 count and the latter in a 9-4 verdict.

    The Dons’ win gives them a three-game series sweep of their crosstown rivals and puts them in striking distance of second place in District 2-3A.

    Manny Blea chalked up three hits in four at-bats for West, but he got plenty of help through the lineup, as eight Dons had at least one hit each.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP to ... CREATIVE INGENUITY. A simple little “mil gracias” letter alerted us to a creative approach to education. Two local merchants — Hacienda and Gamble’s, provided Legion Park Elementary School students with a couple of hundred brown-paper bags and the kids used them to draw and color pictures of what they love most about our planet, as part of their Earth Day lesson. The decorated bags were then taken back to the stores for distribution to their customers.

  • Highlands athletes recognized for academic achievement

    A number of New Mexico Highlands University student athletes in the school’s winter and spring sports are among the league honorees for academic performance this year.

  • West board member: I was 'blindsided'

    A West Las Vegas school board member said Thursday she was “blindsided” by the district's music director, Arenell David Arellanes, who took swipes against politicians in announcing that he was leaving for a new job.

    Arellanes, who was recently recognized as the National Music Educator of the Year by the National Association of High Schools, has signed a contract with Albuquerque’s Sandia Prep for next school year.

  • Above and Beyond: 2010 yearbook is tops, firm says

    By Don Pace

    Las Vegas Optic 

    In 1973, Barbara Streisand sang, “Scattered pictures, of the smiles we left behind, smiles we gave to one another. Misty water -- colored memories of the way we were.”

    One way high school graduates in America have of remembering their friends is looking through their yearbook. And with every yearbook comes a staff that has worked for a year collecting and preserving those memories.

  • Letter: Evening meal seeks new location

    As of April 20, the free Tuesday evening meal at the United Community Soup Kitchen will be stopped. The Soup Kitchen director made the decision to end this service to the community. For 20 months, a group of community volunteers have supervised and assisted in running this service, which provides a free meal to the 30 to 40-plus children and adults who show up each week for the meal served from 4 to 4:45 p.m. We believe it is our moral responsibility to continue to meet this need of our community.

  • Mayor: Rate hikes possible

    Looking to keep taxes and fees the same? That’s probably not realistic, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz says.

    At Wed-nesday’s City Council meeting, Ortiz said the city’s utilities departments had many needs, so he warned residents that the city may have to ask them to pay more.

    “Rates if anything are going to go up, not down. We need to pay for improvements,” the mayor said.

    He said the state and federal governments are in dire financial situations, so the city may have to absorb many costs itself, rather than relying on outside grants.