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Today's News

  • Letter: Keep the theater department

    I am a student at Highlands University. It has come to my attention that the theatre classes have been discontinued here at Highlands. I am aware that this decision was part of budget cuts. I find this very upsetting.

    ... Even though there was not a theatre program in place, many students were waiting for the return of the theatre minor. I was one of them.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... THE SIXTH PLEADS GUILTY. Michael Gallegos, the ringleader in a series of assaults at the Robertson High School football camp two years ago, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual penetration, attempted criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy. Gallegos, the son of a former Las Vegas City Council member, Michael Gallegos, candidly apologized for what he had done.

    He was the sixth and final defendant to reach a plea agreement. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring the closure that so many seek. Gallegos must still be sentenced. And some wounds never heal.

  • City looks to increase sales tax

    The Las Vegas City Council took the first step this week toward increasing the local sales tax.

    The city is looking at a one-fourth of 1 percent hike in the gross receipts tax, which is added to most goods and services. The increase would amount to 25 cents for every $100 in purchases.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the tax is part of a long-term plan to shift the tax burden from what many see as excessive fees for the city’s natural gas and other utilities.

  • Little League

      The following are upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League. La Plaza games take place at Rodriguez Park off Grant Street; Las Vegas games at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.   Upcoming games:   MONDAY, MAY 31 La Plaza majors: Dodgers vs. Yankees, 7:30 p.m. La Plaza minors: Indians vs. A’s, 5:30 p.m.; Giants vs. Yankees, 8:30 p.m. La Plaza tee-ball: Red Sox vs. Cubs, 5:30 p.m.; Padres vs.

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    MONDAY, MAY 25

    Las Vegas softball: Pink Sox 9, Psychlones 5

    TUESDAY, MAY 26

    La Plaza majors: A’s 12, Angels 1 (A’s Brian Gonzales homered to center field.)

    La Plaza minors: Rockies 9, Angels 0

    Interleague softball: La Plaza A’s 16, Pecos 4; Las Vegas Psychlones 16, La Plaza Marlins 16

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 26

  • Letter: Memorial Day means freedom

    On two occasions in the course of human history, freedom hung in the balance. Once in Greece, well over 2,000 years ago and once again in 1940. In 430 B.C., the Greek statesman Pericles wrote an opinion about the Greek Constitution that could have come straight from the U.S. Supreme court. A people that sophisticated would never give up their way of life nor abandon their fierce love of freedom. At Thermopylae and Marathon they stood firm and saved democracy against the mightiest invader of that time.

  • Letter: 'The cruise' should be returned

    I lived in Las Vegas 25 years ago. I have noticed all the stores in what used to be New Town are now closed and there is nothing for the youth to do. All the exciting things that were part of the weekend are no longer. The cruise was very exciting and brought a lot of money downtown and commodore to the youth.

    Now that there is no cruise, the stores, except for a few, are closed due to lack of exposure. When the cruise was happening, the stores were flourishing as a direct result of exposure. Because of the stores closing, jobs are lost and crime has increased for the youth.

  • Oil leases for sale in Mora Co.

    The State Land Office wants to sell oil and gas leases in Mora and Colfax counties.

    According to Land Office documents, the agency aims to sell leases for two dozen parcels in Mora County and 29 in Colfax County on June 15.

    The environmental group, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, said the parcels are within the area of White Peak, where the Land Office has proposed controversial land trades.

  • Water-saving incentive proposed

    The city is considering whether to change its water rates in a way that would encourage greater conservation.  As it stands, the city’s rate structure has no incentive for saving of water for the first 2,000 gallons of water per month. The city charges a flat rate for 2,000 gallons or less.  But city utility officials are asking the council to change that.

  • Commitee commends retiring teachers

    Next chance you have, thank a teacher. They help build lives and give to their students more than most of us realize. Teachers touch not just one child but generations of students, That’s the message that the Community Committee for Better Schools wants to send, along with commendations to the teachers and staff of both Las Vegas school districts who are retiring this year.