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Today's News

  • Fight night

    A preview of Friday night’s featured bouts:

    Holly Holm vs. Terri Blair

    WIBA welterweight

    championship, 10 rounds

    Holm, a 27-year-old Albuquerque area native, is the No. 1 ranked female welterweight in the world and a six-time Ring Magazine fighter of the year. In terms of credentials, she rates among the biggest names in boxing ever to grace the Meadow City, which has hosted fights by such luminaries as world heavyweight champion Jack Johnson and New Mexico boxing icon and multi-time world champ Johnny Tapia.

  • LETTER: The truer biblical meaning

    The recent article “Get both sides out there” characterized the Rainbow Club gay float as irrelevant and nonsense. The author opined that the Optic’s reporting of the event was “tragic” on the basis of certain Biblical passages that allegedly brand all homosexuality an “abomination.” He equated homosexuality to rape, incest, bestiality, and necrophilia. He challenged a public debate on homosexuality — the specific area was left open-ended.

  • Rash of burglaries reported in historic neighborhood

    The historic neighborhood on the east side has seen around 15 burglaries in recent weeks, says the leader of a residents’ group.

    The group has been issuing mass e-mails regularly about burglaries and other happenings in the area.

    Ron Wooten-Green, coordinator of the Historic North New Town Neighborhood Association, said most of the break-ins have been during the day.

    “The police are trying to solve them, and we’re trying to help,” Wooten-Green said.

  • Man accused in attack

    A Buena Vista man was arrested for allegedly attacking another man and threatening to kill him.

    Norman P. DeHerrera, 45, was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated battery and concealing identity.

  • Resident fighting charge

    For more than a year, Las Vegas resident Lalo Sanchez has been fighting a charge of resisting and obstructing a police officer.

    He was found guilty in Municipal Court, but he appealed the matter to state District Court.

    Sanchez maintains that when police entered his property, he asked what they were doing. He said one of the officers “got nasty” with him, so he asked if the officer had a warrant.

    Sanchez said the officer replied by saying that he was under arrest for resisting and obstructing an officer.

  • LETTER:Thanks to Moore for her stands

    To councilor Diane Moore: Thank you for looking out for the interests of Las Vegas’ taxpayers.

    We are too easy. Taxpayers get hit by federal, state, county, city, etc., for the little money available in Las Vegas and its surroundings, and no one seems to care.

    I was glad to see you stand up for the taxpayer in denying yet another big hire. Perhaps the customer service manager hire can be rescinded, also. As you are aware, I argue that our elected council persons are our customer service manager, that is the reason they are elected.

  • Residents take sides on consolidation

    Former teacher Victor Cordova questioned why anyone would want to fix the two local school districts.

    “If it’s not broken, why fix it?” Cordova asked.

    “It is broken,” resident Olivia Lovato said.

    Those were two of the views at Tuesday’s forum on whether to consolidate the two school districts. More than 150 residents packed Kennedy Hall to talk about a topic that has often been considered politically toxic.

  • THUMBS: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    OPEN DISCUSSION. We’ve called it “the ‘c’ word” in the past because of the overall reluctance people have with discussing it, but now “consolidation” appears to be out of the bag. Some 150 Las Vegas and area citizens came out Tuesday night to openly talk about the pros and cons to unification of the school districts. The result was an agreement that a fact-finding committee should be formed to explore the issue more deeply.

  • Superintendents talk on subject of uniting districts

    When asked for their thoughts about consolidation of the two local school districts during a public forum Tuesday, Superintendents Jim Abreu and Rick Romero didn’t mince words.

    “I want to go on the record as saying I’m not for consolidation,” said Abreu, who leads West Las Vegas. “We have two fine school districts in this town, and there are some distinct reasons for that.”

    Abreu said the recent survey on consolidation conducted by a Highlands University class had some of its facts wrong.

  • LETTER: An accepting hometown

    I have always been proud of my hometown. When I read that a recent parade included a float that supported the gay community it confirmed what I already knew, that Las Vegas was a small town with a genuine warm friendly feeling that was accepting of all good people.