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Today's News

  • Speed bumps popular in Vegas

    Las Vegas has many more speed bumps than most communities — and residents regularly ask for more.

    Some towns have none.

    At this week’s City Council meeting, resident Carl Vigil presented a petition to city officials and asked for speed bumps in his west-side neighborhood of Creston Circle. He said speeding is a particular problem near the park in that neighborhood.

    “We’re afraid a kid may be run over,” he said.

    Under a city ordinance, speed bumps and humps are allowed only near schools.

  • Letter: A sympathy note to the students

    It is good and customary to send notes and gifts to families that have lost a loved one. There are many students at Robertson (as well as graduates) who were mentored and supported and transformed by their teacher and FFA sponsor, Gary Leger. Their loss was also profound. This note is to send my deepest sympathy and prayer for comfort to those students.

  • Water restrictions misguided

    This letter is to protest the recent action by the City of Las Vegas in imposing the new water restrictions which all but prohibit watering of lawns in Las Vegas.

    It seems that the new water restrictions are driven by the efforts of Councilman Andrew Feldman, the “self-appointed” water expert in city government. His comment that “we have to realize that we live in a desert” is not only wrong, but it demonstrates how out of touch he is.

  • Council OKs big hikes to trash rates

    In a divided vote, the Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday approved big increases in garbage rates.

    Under the new rates, residents will see their monthly bills immediately go up from $14.05 to $15.60 a month to cover this fiscal year’s solid waste deficit.

    On Feb. 1, residential bills will jump from $15.60 to $20.10. The two increases amount to about 43 percent.

    Commercial users will see even steeper rises in their bills.

    Overall, the city expects to see a 59 percent rise in revenue for the solid waste department.

  • Letter: Don't blame the 'six' for mistakes

    This is an unsolicited letter regarding the recent debacle concerning the Las Vegas Fiesta Council. There are those who would say I should stay quiet: that I’m too close to the situation and have a personal agenda. I would say just the opposite! Because of my closeness to the situation, I have relevant insight into many of the issues.  

  • Above and Beyond: Dean Judy pushed big projects at HU

    Judy Cordova-Romero had big dreams when she first came to Highlands University, and many of her dreams to make campus life better for students came true during her tenure.

    As Highlands University vice president for student affairs, Cordova-Romero was an advocate for the new residence hall that students enjoy today. She pushed for a new student center that had its groundbreaking ceremony Monday. And her dreams of refurbishing the Felix Martinez building into a one-stop shop for students’ needs came true during a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week.

  • Keeping It Simple: Just in case

    Several Optic readers have asked me when I am going to write another column for the paper.  My columns are usually about humorous or amusing events that may be common to the Optic readers.

    I appreciate the reader’s comments and support and also thank the Optic editor for making it possible. The following is based on my own observation of people who save things, which I am labeling the “Just In Case Savers.”

  • Businessman gets land for lower price

    Local businessman Ray Herrera had agreed to pay the city $22,800 for a lot in the industrial park earlier this year.

    But after a new appraisal, he will only have to pay $17,000. The council has approved the lot’s sale to Herrera.

    During a City Council meeting in February, then-Councilman Cruz Roybal objected that Herrera had to pay $22,800 for the land. Roybal said he had driven by the land in the Dee Bibb Industrial Park and determined that Herrera, who owns Ray’s Auto Sales, would have to do much work to make it useful.

  • Letter: Optic was the best in a long journey

    I wanted to write and tell you how much we enjoyed the Las Vegas Optic. I like to buy a local newspaper while traveling and look at the news and events of towns and cities we pass through.  My sister and I traveled 2,000 miles in four days; your newspaper was the most informative and most interestingly written of all the papers we perused on our trip.  

    Marsha Cassada

    Hobart, Okla.

  • ONLINE STORY: Delay in Gallegos sentencing

    SANTA FE — Final resolution in the Michael Gallegos case will have to wait a while longer.

    Gallegos, 19, had been scheduled for sentencing Friday morning in a Santa Fe district courtroom for his role in the August 2008 Robertson football hazing scandal. But a reported bout with kidney stones prevented Gallegos’ lead attorney, Billy Blackburn, from attending the hearing, and a postponement was ordered by Judge Mark Macaron.

    Both sides acknowledged that the delay was necessary, albeit an inconvenience to participants.