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Today's News

  • Letter: Boxing tourney helps the city

    I’m just writing to thank and praise Mr. Carlos Crespin and New Mexico State Silver Gloves committee for bringing the tournament to Las Vegas. Not only does it bring the up and rising boxing stars to the community but it also gives Las Vegas a little economic boost right before the holidays. Families from around the state and from out of state get to travel to Las Vegas and enjoy the amenities.

  • Letter: Optic negative about Las Vegas

    I understand the editorial (titled “Blaming the messenger”). However the Optic, on occasion, does seem to be very negative about Las Vegas in its coverage and editorials. For folks who read the paper because they visit Las Vegas, it does not come across as friendly. Especially if the paper and visits to town are the only way we interact with the citizens of Las Vegas.

  • Editorial: Let's heal the breach

    When it comes to economic development, Las Vegas needs to put forward a united front. Anything less is unacceptable.

    Recently, the Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance told the city Lodgers Tax Advisory Board that it is interested in vying for the city contract held by the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce. It made arguments about how it could take on that role — its marketing plan in place, its relationships with various agencies, its securing of discounted rates for the placement of advertisements.

  • Editorial: A good proposal

    Luna Community College has suffered its share of allegations involving sexual harassment over the years.

    Now the college is proposing a policy in which any employee who witnesses harassment is required to report it to the proper officials. No excuses.

    This would be an important step for Luna to show that it takes harassment seriously. It would turn the page from an unfortunate history.

    We hope the Board of Trustees approves this proposed policy change.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Follow the light

    By the time you read this, I’ll be either sleeping or sleepless in Seattle -- seriously! My daughter, Ileana, sent me a ticket for a holiday getaway.

    Nevertheless, it’s the season -- however one wants to categorize it; the time to wish you all season’s greetings --Shalom, Joyeaux Noel, Feliz Navidad, Fröhliche Weihnachten, Mele Kalikimaka, oh, yeah, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, etc. And I do.

  • WLV third in Lujan tourney

    Overcoming an uncharacteristically sluggish start, the West Las Vegas Lady Dons cranked up the defensive heat Wednesday night in a 35-24 win over host Pojoaque Valley in the third-place game of the Ben Lujan Invitational.

    It was a significant victory for West (8-1) in that it came against a respected District 2-3A rival and defending state champion playing at home.

    From the opening tip Wednesday, defense dictated the contest. Pojoaque was a little bit stingier in controlling a 10-2 first period.

  • Las Vegas city attorney resigns

    Las Vegas’ interim city attorney, Carlos Quinones, will resign Jan. 1 after more than a year and a half with the city, officials announced this week.

    Two City Council members said Quiñones’ departure was long overdue, while other officials praised the attorney’s service.

  • Councilman's son announces run

    Las Vegas resident Mike Roybal plans to run for the City Council seat held by his father, Cruz Roybal.

    Roybal, a longtime councilman from Ward 4, won’t be running for another term, his son said.

    “We want to have the council work together. We need to go in there as professionals and do what is best for the community,” Roybal said.

  • Luna board looks at sexual harassment, personnel policies

    Luna Community College has been looking at its policies involving sexual harassment and personnel.

    The college’s staff has proposed a number of changes to existing policies, and the Board of Trustees has been reviewing them.

    Under the proposed changes, all employees would be required to report any sexual harassment they see around the workplace. In the past, the college has found that employees may have witnessed harassment but never reported it, said Lawrence Quintana, Luna’s human resources director.

  • Editorial: The meanings of Christmas

    Editor’s note: This editorial first appeared here on Christmas Day 2007.

    We don’t think a secular, general circulation newspaper is the place to advance any one religious belief. It isn’t appropriate or even right to push our faith off on good people who believe differently. And, frankly, inclusiveness is consistent with our view that there are many paths to the Truth, and our search isn’t the only way to get there.