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Today's News

  • Letter: Has Franklin done research?

    Annette Franklin in her letter published on May 19th asks: “How can voters vote intelligently when facts are not revealed and discussed?” It seems that she is urging readers to do just that; to lay out issues of concern and discuss them.

    Her letter covers a wide range of issues. I highlight here only a few of them.

  • Letter: 'Hypocrisy' right characterization

    In response to Annette Franklin’s letter to the Optic which ran May 19, I’d have to say “Tea Party hypocrisy” is precisely the right characterization of the Tea Party complaints.

  • As It Is: A risky course for West official

    It’s rare when people take on their bosses, but that’s what happened recently in the West Las Vegas school district.  West Las Vegas school board members told the district’s business manager, Dawn Biagianti, that they were being underpaid.  She told them that that board policy prohibited her from giving a member more than one $95 payment a month.

  • Booth named for Bernie Allingham

    The late, great Bernie Allingham was recognized at the most recent regular meeting of the Las Vegas City School Board of Education.

    “Throughout the years Bernie worked with KFUN bringing local sports broadcast to people’s homes. Not only did he call the play-by-play, he also interviewed the kids and highlighted their academic and athletic achievements,” Montaño said.

    Montaño said Allingham broadcast all local sports, including Highlands, Robertson and West Las Vegas games.

  • Rosie: Still spiking

    Old habits die hard. Even the good ones.

    Rosie Lanphere, who starred on the volleyball court for Robertson High, is competing as part of the U.S. club volleyball circuit and is days away from a major tournament.

    “I was invited to join an adult volleyball club in Albuquerque named Hogan’s Heroes,” Lanphere told the Optic. “We are sponsored to go to the national tournament.”

    The tourney is the  U.S. Open National Volleyball Championships Club Tournament, June 2-5 in Phoenix.

  • Memorial Day editorial: Honoring our losses

     This editorial first appeared on Memorial Day 2009.

  • Senior Profile: Las Vegas' music man

    Leroy Lucero, or “Pato,” as he is known to many, is seated at his Yamaha electric keyboard, making music, practicing for an upcoming collaboration with his compadre, Joe Franco’s group, “Dulce.” Sweet!

    A multi-talented, lifetime musician, Lucero has followed many paths, but always, accompanied by music.

    Born in Las Vegas, Nov. 10, 1946, Pato, 63, is the son of the late Ben Lucero and Carmen Garduño Lucero. Leroy’s siblings are Lonnie and Jeanette.

  • Letter: Keep the theater department

    I am a student at Highlands University. It has come to my attention that the theatre classes have been discontinued here at Highlands. I am aware that this decision was part of budget cuts. I find this very upsetting.

    ... Even though there was not a theatre program in place, many students were waiting for the return of the theatre minor. I was one of them.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... THE SIXTH PLEADS GUILTY. Michael Gallegos, the ringleader in a series of assaults at the Robertson High School football camp two years ago, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual penetration, attempted criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy. Gallegos, the son of a former Las Vegas City Council member, Michael Gallegos, candidly apologized for what he had done.

    He was the sixth and final defendant to reach a plea agreement. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring the closure that so many seek. Gallegos must still be sentenced. And some wounds never heal.

  • City looks to increase sales tax

    The Las Vegas City Council took the first step this week toward increasing the local sales tax.

    The city is looking at a one-fourth of 1 percent hike in the gross receipts tax, which is added to most goods and services. The increase would amount to 25 cents for every $100 in purchases.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the tax is part of a long-term plan to shift the tax burden from what many see as excessive fees for the city’s natural gas and other utilities.