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Today's News

  • Students get to know each other on first day

    On the first day of school, Memorial Middle School teacher Clarabel Marquez has a way of getting kids to come out of their shell: They are introduced to Global Bingo, a game where they ask a number of questions and at the same time get to know each other.

    Students are given a global bingo sheet with a number of questions like: Who traveled out of New Mexico this summer? Who knows at least 10 names of states in the United States? Who knows the name of the mayor of Las Vegas?

  • West finance official resigns

    Doug Hendrickson, West Las Vegas’ business manager, has resigned from his post.

  • Send a message

    The new dorms have opened up at Highlands University, and they are a showcase for the school.

    As sure as it rains during the Fiestas, local leaders will be contemplating about whom to name the new residence hall after. If history is any guide, it will be named in honor of a professor or a politician.

    Last year, a group asked the Board of Regents to name the hall after state Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas. We’re not sure why a university building would be named after a state senator, except that he did his job and helped secure the state funding for the project.

  • AS IT IS: Why wasn’t name printed?

    A few readers have wondered why we didn’t publish the name of a man accused of sexually molesting an 8-year-old in a story in the Aug. 3 Optic.

    They note that the name appeared in other news outlets. We didn’t give any special treatment to this suspect; our policy is not to publish the names of those accused of sexual crimes until they are bound over to state District Court for trial. Exceptions are made for public officials and people who are in positions of trust such as police officers and teachers.

  • Advocate: Focus is not divisiveness

    An advocate for a police oversight board says she wants a constructive approach toward the issue.

    Pat Leahan of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center, who helped organize a recent meeting dealing with police oversight, told the City Council earlier this month that an Optic headline, “Residents complain about police,” mischaracterized the meeting.

    She said the meeting didn’t focus on complaints, but rather sought solutions.

    “Our goal is partnership, not divisiveness,” she said.

  • LETTER: Office provided great service

    My name is Connie Mack and I want to thank the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation for seeing me though college. I struggled for decades with disabilities I thought I was “just stick with.”

    I was having a difficult time making it through college at age 59 when I discovered the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

  • Horse play

    The San Miguel/Mora County Fair horse show, held Aug. 7-8, drew a number of spectators and participants ranging in age from 8 to 19 years old. The horse show’s organizers credit volunteer helpers and participants’ parents for helping to make the event a success.

  • Las Vegas gets new radio station

    Las Vegas country music lovers have another option.

    The operators of KNMX have launched a new radio station, Real Country 92.7 KQBL-FM “The Bull.”

    Listeners can enjoy musicians such as George Strait, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney, along with the legends of country such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Reba, Dolly, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., according to a press release. The station will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    The operators of the station, Matt and Martha Martinez, also run KNMX (540 AM) and KMDZ (96.7 SAM FM).

  • More protests filed this year

    The San Miguel County assessor’s office saw a big increase in the number of tax protests this year.

    Residents and businesses were required to file their protests to assessed property values in June.

    This year, the county received 324 protests, Assessor Elaine Estrada said. One of the reasons for the spike, she said, was that the assessor’s office conducted the first mass appraisal of commercial properties and vacant land since 1998, Estrada said. As a result, many saw increases in their property values, which could well mean hikes in tax bills.

  • Residents may see taxes drop

    Some residents southwest of Las Vegas may see big drops in their tax bills if they convince the San Miguel County assessor that their property values have declined.

    Six property owners in Ojitos Frios have filed tax protests, saying that a decreasing water table means that their properties are worth much less than when they bought them.

    For years, residents in Ojitos Frios and other communities southwest of town have blamed their water situation on the city’s increasing use of its nearby Taylor Wells.