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Today's News

  • As It Is: Who is the Tejana?

    One of my New Mexico Avenue neighbors has posted a big sign that reads, “No Tejana Susana.”

    That’s a good rhyme. But does it really matter that Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez was born and raised in El Paso?

    Sure, we have a rivalry with Texas. While El Paso is officially part of the Lone Star State, it doesn’t seem to belong to that goliath of a state. You don’t hear the Texas drawl in El Paso like you do in other parts of that state.

  • Letter: Let's revisit issue of consolidation

    At the risk of offending about half the people in Las Vegas, it may be a good time to resurrect the debate on the consolidation of Las Vegas’ two school districts. The most important reason is to finally determine the cost savings if the two districts’ administrative functions are combined as one.

  • Letter: Let's not risk our religious freedom

    Please think carefully about whatever precedents we might set in hasty problem solving.

    Were we able to forbid a house of worship within two blocks or more of a national shrine, we would need to ban all new houses of worship within the same distance of any battleground or scene of destruction. Such a law might prove unpopular as well as unconstitutional.  

  • Weekend Roundup: A Cowboy classic

    Down but never quite out, the Highlands Cowboys found a way to win Saturday in front of a homecoming crowd.

    DiAmaal Holmes caught a game-tying touchdown to cap an improbable NMHU rally in the waning seconds.

    Then Ernesto Guerra’s extra point with no time left — and from 15 yards back because of a penalty — gave the Cowboys a 32-31 victory, their first of the season, over Western State (0-5, 0-3).

    It was a Hollywood finish to a dramatic week in Cowboyland.

  • City police station to get new facade; project a MainStreet priority

    Motorists traveling around Plaza Park have noticed construction beginning at the Las Vegas Police Department.

    Last week, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz gathered city officials for a groundbreaking ceremony.

    The facade of the building facing the park has been in dire need of a facelift for years, officials said. The building has a long and storied history as the Buffalo Bar, Tito’s Gallery, a physical therapy office and Hacienda Home Center. 

  • Letter: Hermanos group provided supplies

    The Optic carried a story about the state PED’s distribution of backpacks for 41 schools out of the 89 school districts in New Mexico. The backpacks were filled with school supplies. During the press conference, state Secretary of Education-designee Susanna Murphy told the media that these backpacks would help 8,300 to 10,000 students around the state that are in crisis.

    Here in Las Vegas, three gentlemen took it upon themselves to alleviate this problem that Dr. Murphy spoke of.

  • Official: Taxes would have risen anyway

    A top state official says that taxpayers in the Las Vegas City Schools district would have seen a big property tax increase this year in any case, even without an apparent problem in the district’s books.

    A property taxpayer who had a $1,500 tax bill in 2009 will see an increase to nearly $2,000 this year. It’s an increase from $4 for every $1,000 in taxable value to $10.

  • Artists report pepper-spray incident

    Three young men this week reportedly went into an art gallery on the Plaza and deployed pepper spray in the store, police said.

    One of the artists, Diana Whitten, said the attack happened shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday at El Zocalo gallery. She said she and another artist had been in the gallery for about five minutes when the men entered.

    “We evacuated. We couldn’t breathe or see. We called the police, and the officer came 15 minutes later,” Whitten said. “By the time he got here, the pepper spray kind of cleared out a bit.”

  • Police: Repeat DWI offenders charged

    State police arrested two more repeat DWI offenders — part of the agency’s apparent effort to take on drunken driving inside city limits.

    Bernardino Gallegos, 24, 408 Moreno St., was charged with his fifth DWI offense, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Gina Montoya, 48, 2300 N. Gonzales St., faces charges of her fourth DWI offense and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

  • Air Force extends comment period

    CANNON AIR FORCE BASE -- The U.S. Air Force is giving people more time to comment on a proposal that would establish areas in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado for low-altitude training flights.

    The Air Force initially asked that comments be received by Oct. 4. That has been pushed back to Nov. 15 due to tremendous public response, including a letter from members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation.

    The training out of Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico would involve C-130 and CV-22 aircraft flying as low as 200 feet above the ground.