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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL:Keep Abreu

    Recently, City Councilman Morris Madrid praised Jim Abreu, West Las Vegas’ superintendent, during a school board meeting. Madrid said he spoke to the board because he wanted to make sure there is continuity in the West district.

    That’s a valid concern. The recent school election resulted in a new member to the board, David G. Romero. Soon, the board will decide whether to renew Abreu’s contract. We hope it does.

  • City e-mails may break law

    The mayor and City Council members have been exchanging e-mails about city business, a practice that may violate the state’s open meetings law.

    According to the state Open Meetings act, all meetings of policymaking bodies such as the City Council held for the purpose of discussing public business, or taking any action within the authority of that body, are public meetings, subject to certain well-defined exceptions.

    Such meetings are public and are to be held publicly and with reasonable advance notice to the public.

  • LV Optic no longer a daily

    The Las Vegas Optic is moving from a five- to a three-day weekly schedule, beginning today.

    The newspaper is now publishing Monday, Wednesday and Friday editions. They will be distributed by mail to subscribers and placed in single-sales locations in the mornings instead of the afternoons.

    Other big changes for customers include subscription rates and advertising deadlines.

    Publisher Tom McDonald said the frequency reduction is a costs-saving measure that should also result in improvements in the newspaper’s quality and service to its customers.

  • Election set for Tuesday

    Voters will decide Tuesday on the members representing three districts for Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    They’ll also vote on a property tax increase that will amount to $52 for a home worth $100,000.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. throughout the Luna service area, which includes Mora County, all but the far western portion of San Miguel County, the southern part of Colfax County and much of Guadalupe County.

  • EDITORIAL: Take part in the Luna election

    On Tuesday, voters throughout much of northern New Mexico will go to the polls to decide on whether to increase property taxes to pay for capital improvements at Luna Community College. In some areas, there will be races for the college’s Board of Trustees.

  • Firm has history of bounced checks

    An Illinois company will be in town throughout this week looking to buy antiques and other collectibles from residents, but media accounts in four states have reported that the firm’s checks have bounced in some instances.

    The company, Treasure Hunters Roadshow, acknowledged the problem, calling it an embarrassment. But it said that it has enough money to pay people who sell their collectibles. The company released a bank statement to the Optic that showed it had $223,000 in its account as of Friday.

  • Vegas cites 81 for cell phone violations

    Those who are driving while talking on handheld cell phones are breaking city law. Last year, the Police Department issued scores of tickets for such violations.

    In 2008, Las Vegas police officers issued 81 citations for cell phone offenses and 34 warnings, according to department statistics.

    Police Capt. Eugene Garcia said the department could probably ticket greater numbers of drivers. “We’re working at it,” he said.

  • LETTER: Bond issue doesn’t merit support

    I wish to comment on the recent property tax increase proposed by Luna Community College. Generally an investment in education and educational facilities are of unquestionable value in ensuring the future well-being of our young people and of our community.

  • LETTER: Luna board needs women members

    It’s way past time for a female to join the Luna Board of Trustees. Now we have an opportunity to elect an intelligent, well-spoken, level-headed woman to the board.

    After attending the Optic’s forum and hearing from all the candidates, I have decided to vote for Marsha Archuleta. I encourage other Las Vegas residents to do the same. It’s time.

    S.A. Clancy

    Las Vegas

  • Lady Dons reach district final

    Nobody has come closer to ruining Pojoaque Valley’s perfect girls’ basketball season than the West Las Vegas Lady Dons.

    On Saturday night, the Lady Dons get another shot at being the first to beat the mighty Elkettes.

    West reached Saturday’s District 2-3A championship game by upsetting St. Michael’s 38-35 on Thursday night in Santa Fe.