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Today's News

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    I recently retired as the WLVMS principal after 32 years in education.   Throughout my career, I have found that it takes a community to raise a child.  I would like to thank the many individuals and businesses in Las Vegas for helping me make a difference as a teacher and as an administrator.

  • North sweeps Friday twinbill

    West Las Vegas’ Kristen Encinias had several big outside shots Friday night, but the biggest make she had was from the free-throw line.

    Encinias sank one of two freebies with 24 seconds left to nudge the Class 3A North All-Stars ahead 74-73, and that ended up the final margin in one of the most exciting all-star contests in recent history.

    Encinias, who hit three from long range, had 14 points total; Pojoaque’s Jackie Bartleson led with 23.

  • LETTER: Likes intersection the way it is

    The Optic gave it a thumbs down (but) I like using the intersection of Grand and University. No, I am not kidding. For years we had traffic lights and it was the worst intersection in town. I had many near misses there because someone was running the light or simply wasn’t paying attention. Since it’s become a four-way stop, I like using it because it is an experience in human interaction. Everybody is on guard. Everybody pays attention to their surroundings and their place in line. I have yet to see someone being rude or pushy.

  • LETTER: Noise pollution gone wacko

    Every summer the noise from Harleys and loud cars gets worse. It’s too noisy here! It’s noise pollution gone wacko!

    Warm weather used to be birdies singing and flowers blooming. Now it’s an unrelenting onslaught of nerve-wracking explosive noise. I’ve come to dread the nice weather because I know what’s coming.

  • LETTER: Get ready for an FBI visit

    I would like all those people who use the e-mail for their trash communication to know I am sending my Quarantine Summaries to the Albuquerque FBI office. The Bureau investigates each e-mail sender on that list. So those of you who think their jokes and trash communication are funny, you can expect a knock on your door from an FBI agent.

  • Police: Shooter captured, then confesses

    Gary Lovato has turned himself in.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said that Lovato, 20, who was wanted in connection with the recent shooting of Aaron Benavidez, presented himself to local authorities Tuesday and has confessed to his role in the shooting.

    Lovato is accused of having shot Benavidez three times in the leg after Benavidez attempted to return a purchase of prescription drugs from another youth.

  • City subsidy of boxing questioned

    The city of Las Vegas’ recent decision to give $15,000 to a boxing promoter has come under some criticism.

    But city officials say Las Vegas will benefit from the advertising for a planned September fight, which will include the city’s logo.

    On July 1, the City Council voted to give the money to Fresquez Productions, which aims to bring Albuquerque pro boxer Holly Holm for a fight on Sept. 5. Her opponent will be announced at a coming press conference, according to Fresquez.

  • THUMBS

    thumb UP for ... THE FIESTAS. Maybe the rain didn’t always cooperate, and perhaps there were controversial moments, but it was still another fun and successful Fiestas de Las Vegas, with plenty of good music and dance and fun for young and old alike.

    Congratulations, Fiesta Council, on another job well done.

  • Put best seats up for grabs, say 2 officials

    As part of its deal with the city of Las Vegas, a boxing promoter will give the city eight ringside seats and 30 general admission seats for the planned Holly Holm fight in September.

    Should the community expect to see the politically connected in the choice seats?

    Absolutely not, if some city officials get their way.

    Councilman Morris Madrid, a boxing fan, said he thinks the city should raffle off the seats and let the proceeds go to some good cause such as a homeless shelter. He said city officials shouldn’t be eligible.

  • LETTER: Farmington still has farming

    In a recent letter to the editor, Kathleen Dudley from Ocate cited Farmington as an area devastated by the oil and gas industry. She speculates that Farmington was “most likely” a farming area which is now “vastly industrialized with... (no) sound of roosters crowing, or sight of a herd of sheep, or acequias open, flooding fields of alfalfa.”

    I am puzzled and can only conclude that we see what we want to see. The last time I was in Farmington, I saw all the above (though I didn’t hear a rooster crow).