.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Part of Plaza Park named in honor of late hotel operators

    The City Council recently dedicated the northwest corner of Plaza Park in honor of the late Don Jesus and Mama Lucy Lopez.

    The couple operated the Plaza Hotel and Mama Lucy’s Restaurant on the Old Town Plaza for almost three decades in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

    According to a council-passed resolution, Don Jesus was a “dynamic and untiring” organizer of Fiestas de Las Vegas, and for more than two decades, he served as that event’s master of ceremonies, “always charming the crowds.”

  • Facilities-use policy still at issue

    Highlands University Regent Jesus Lopez says he was surprised to find out that the university allowed political rallies and any number of private events to be held on campus.

    At a recent meeting of the university’s finance committee, Lopez said he found out about such events when he opened up the newspaper after June’s Democratic primary. On the front page was a picture of an elated state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, who was celebrating his victory over three opponents at his party at the university’s Kennedy Hall.

  • Letter: Criticism of council, Optic

    It is one sorry state of affairs when citizens may not criticize specific people. Who placed our elected representatives so high above us taxpaying citizens? Our representatives may not be mentioned in grievances? Why the double standard? How did our City Council come up with this policy?

    It sounds like something out of George Orwell’s “1984”!

  • Mil Gracias letter

    Thank you Las Vegas businesses for donating to the Activities for World Breastfeeding week:

  • Sorenson, Hazelrigg are club champs

    Al Sorenson picked up lucky No. 7. And Elaine Hazelrigg won in a photo finish.

    Sorenson and Hazelrigg captured the individual men’s and women’s club championships on Aug. 22 at Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    “The ladies’ race was very close with Denise Franken and Lou Fox offering a big challenge to Elaine,” wrote Pendaries golf pro Larry Webb. “This was Al’s seventh out of the last nine club championships. That is an unprecedented accomplishment.”

  • West worker gets driving rights back

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    The West Las Vegas school district has restored the driving privileges for an employee who totaled a district vehicle last year.

    In April, John J. Roybal, 41, West’s head mechanic, pleaded guilty to careless driving and failing to maintain his lane of traffic. In return, the state dropped a DWI charge against him.

    After the crash occurred in August in Moriarty, the district removed Roybal’s driving privileges. That was to apply until June 30.

  • Union, what's your secret?

    Those interested in our schools often focus on the win-loss records of the West Las Vegas and Robertson football teams. But we’d like to offer two numbers that are much more important for our community’s future — 72 and 76.

    The first number is the percentage of students at Union Elementary School who are deemed proficient in math. The second one is the percent who are proficient in reading.

  • ‘Pokes open Thursday

    Looking to break through in the win column this fall — and erase the taste of 2009’s 1-10 campaign — the New Mexico Highlands University football team kicks off its season at 7 p.m. Thursday when Midwestern State comes to Perkins Stadium.

    In last year’s season opener, Midwestern State toppled Highlands 41-0 in a non-conference game and wound up capturing the Lone Star Conference’s South Division title.

  • Man's body recovered at Storrie Lake

    Las Vegas Optic

    A state police dive team last week recovered the body of a 45-year-old man who drowned in Storrie Lake.

    Authorities haven’t released his name yet.

    State police Lt. Eric Garcia said three people were “messing around” in a boat Thursday evening when they ran out of gas. So a man in the boat started swimming to the shoreline but reportedly didn’t make it, he said.

  • Calendar

    TODAY

    • Story time will be at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the children area at Carnegie Public Library. The theme will be “Harvest Time,” and the book will be “The Little Red Hen” by Timothy S. Donehoo. The craft will be a handprint hen. The programs are open to the public.

    THURSDAY