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Today's News

  • Hackermania runs wild!

    Boasting a lineup that many a college or semipro coach would envy, the Benavidez Construction Hackers men’s softball team on Tuesday completed a nearly perfect season with a Las Vegas city league championship.

    But DB’s Milkmen, the league runner-up, ensured the finish wouldn’t be a simple coronation ceremony.

    Riding an inspired postseason surge, the Milkmen handed the Hackers only their second loss of the season — and first in the double-elimination tournament — in Tuesday’s first title game, an 18-15 thriller.

  • Inquiry may target housing agency

    The Las Vegas housing authority may become the target of both criminal and civil investigations, the city attorney said Wednesday.

    After a 45-minute closed meeting, attorney Dave Romero reported that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was concerned about previous activity in the local housing authority as well as others around the state.

  • Letter: Artist comes up against roadblocks

    I was a 13 year old, running through the cornfields on an isolated ranch in northeastern New Mexico when I began studying oil painting. In this unlikely setting, I began to be the artist that I am today.  I’m referring to commitment, study, belief, production, teaching, promotion and even having to write a letter such as this. On three different occasions this summer I attempted to participate in our community as an artist and encountered serious inadequacies.

  • Ex-undersheriff found guilty

    A jury in Magistrate Court has found former Undersheriff Joe Robert Urban guilty of drunken driving.

    It also found him guilty of negligent use of a deadly weapon and not staying in his lane of traffic.

    Urban, 64, was arrested in February on Mountain View Drive after he allegedly crossed the double yellow lines. State police said Urban had a loaded .22-caliber Magnum handgun, which drew the negligent-use charge.

    He had retired just months before his arrest.

  • Letter: One-way plan would be a waste

    Changing National Avenue to a one-way street going west from Eighth to 12th streets would be a waste of time, money and a public safety concern.

    Increasing traffic to the side streets will most certainly affect students and residents in the area. This change would confuse visitors to our city also.

    The beauty of the university buildings on National Avenue, are meant to be admired and seen from both directions.

  • Pendaries Pro-Am golf Aug. 30

    For the sixth year, the Pendaries Pro-Am Golf Tournament will be raising more than divots on the scenic Rociada course.

    The Pro-Am, which begins 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 30, will also be raising money for area charities, primarily the Ilfeld Foundation and its effort to help pay health care costs for those who cannot afford them.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... BACK TO SCHOOL. Too many of us assume that kids hate to go back to school each fall, but that’s not altogether true. Many students look forward to a return to the classroom, where they get to see old friends, meet new teachers and take on new and interesting challenges. And the younger they are, the more likely they are glad to be going back.

  • Fiesta Council member quits in protest

    A Fiesta Council member resigned Tuesday, accusing other members of using a “false reason” to close their meeting last week.

    Joselle DeMarco-Chandler, a local teacher, made the accusation in a letter of resignation to President Mathew Martinez.

    At last week’s meeting, Fiesta Council members except DeMarco-Chandler voted to close the meeting to the public. As such, they asked City Councilwoman Diane Moore, former Fiesta queen Carmela Montoya and an Optic reporter to leave.

  • West considers stricter policies

    West Las Vegas High School Principal Gene Parson wants new policies on tattoos, facial piercings and students with many unexcused absences.

    Parson said all sorts of things have been tried over the last couple of years to stop kids from skipping class.

    “We are often questioned about why students are allowed to pass with a huge amount of absences. It’s time we do something about it,” Parson said during a discussion on the student handbook at a recent school board meeting.

  • Editorial: We give up, take it over

    Two weeks ago in this space, we editorialized against the idea of a city takeover of the Las Vegas Fiestas. We took the position that if certain changes were made in how the Fiesta Council does its business, a city takeover would be unnecessary.

    But after last week’s closed Fiesta Council meeting, we’re reversing our position. We’re now convinced that the city must take control of the city’s biggest annual event.