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Today's News

  • Hometown Heroes: Principal returns to airwaves

    Martha Johnsen says she’s a “hometown girl,” and with the exception of working for NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston for about year and a half, she has always lived in Las Vegas.

    “This town has everything. We have history, we have the really fun notoriety, we have the architecture, many natural resources that are accessible and close by, and I just love the people. I love going out and running into somebody I know — I love that feeling and I don’t think it can be equaled,” Johnsen said.

  • Cardinals trounce Elks

    Beginning with a safety and punctuated by a forced (and recovered) fumble, Friday night's 40-7 Robertson football victory over Pojoaque belonged largely to the Cardinal defense.

    Consistently throughout the night, the host Redbirds harassed Elks quarterback Michael Garcia and they effectively shut down drive after drive from a Pojoaque team that has already eclipsed its previous best start to a football season.

  • Letter: LBJ's Vietnam, Obama's Afghanistan

    I’ve had mixed feelings about President Lyndon Johnson for the last 44 years. He contributed much to the welfare of American citizens but at the same time, he held responsibility for so many wasted lives in the rice paddies of Vietnam.

  • Subdivision gets go-ahead, officials say

    The City Council deadlocked Wednesday on whether to approve a proposed subdivision on New Mexico Avenue, but officials say the developer may have the go-ahead anyway.

    Local developer Phil Warfield wants to divide his property at 2323 New Mexico Ave. into four lots, with modular homes and garages on each.

    But neighbors protested the proposed subdivision, saying it would cause increased traffic and that four was too many homes for six-tenths of an acre.

  • Schools helping student homeless

    West Las Vegas Public Schools recently received 80 backpacks full of food and school supplies.

    The backpacks, provided through the federal McKinney-Vento program, are to meet the needs of homeless students.

    Statewide, it is estimated that more than 8,000 homeless students will be served by the public schools this year.

    Debbie Garcia Tripp, the McKinney-Vento community liaison for the West Las Vegas schools, said the area has a homeless problem, and it does affect youth.

  • To the Point: A baker's dozen of proposals

    I sense an increasing anxiety about the future of our country and thus offer the following modest proposals for improvement. Call it a baker’s dozen for a better America:

    1. Shut down all coal burning power plants by 2015, replacing them with solar, wind and conservation. Natural gas (expensive in the short-term) can ease our transition, but the fossil fuel burns have got to go. It’s either that or the polar ice caps. (And we need others to help: China, India, etc.)

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb UP to ... HEALTHY TENSION. Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez, who for months has not returned our messages, responded to an e-mail about an open-government issue recently. We hope this is the beginning of a new approach to dealing with us “inky wretches.”

    The mayor has become something of a mystery man since he stopped communicating with the Optic last March (other than at City Council meetings, where it’s harder to avoid us). This has on occasion left the newspaper and its thousands of local subscribers in the dark about the goings-on in city government.

  • Mora official reacts to special audit

    Joseph Griego, chairman of the Mora school board, says the district needs to watch its expenses more carefully.

    He was responding to a special audit released last week that found that $64,000 was improperly diverted into a discretionary account. Griego said the account turned into something of a slush fund.

    The board looked at the special audit, performed by State Auditor Hector Balderas’ office, during a meeting Tuesday night. Griego said the district gave Superintendent Dora Romero a number of directives for internal controls of finances.

  • Audit slams Mora schools

    The state auditor found on Tuesday that the Mora school district didn’t follow procedures in spending thousands of dollars in public funds on leather jackets, snacks and dinners for area state lawmakers and other top officials.

    The district improperly diverted $64,000 in funds to a discretionary account, according to a special audit by State Auditor Hector Balderas.

    His audit states that the district may have violated the state constitution, which bars public money from going toward private causes.

  • Dave's Drive-In: Mostly wrong 'Moves'

    In 1983, when “All the Right Moves” was hitting theaters, only a secondary role in “Taps” had separated a young Tom Cruise from obscurity.

    This formulaic football movie helped get Cruise on the road to superstardom, but it has rightly been relegated to the bargain bin of modern sports cinema.