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Today's News

  • Mora fiesta parade attracts hundreds, plenty of politicians

    Mora’s main drag was packed with motorists and people as the town held its annual fiesta over the weekend.

    On Saturday morning, hundreds came out to see the fiesta parade, which started on the south side of town.

    This year’s fiesta queen, Frankie Lee Trujillo, daughter of Rosalie and Ernesto Trujillo of Chacon, was near the beginning of the parade. She is a junior at Mora High School and plans to go college after graduation.

  • Biker injured in accident

    Thousands of bikers came to Las Vegas for the weekend, but only one accident occurred involving a motorcycle during that time, police say.

    Richard Gonzales, 41, who was headed north, was hurt when his bike collided with a car driven by Carmen Villanueva, 68, in the 2900 block of Hot Springs Boulevard around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

    Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said Villanueva entered the flow of traffic, getting in the way of Gonzales’ motorcycle.

  • Column: News happens all the time

    For nearly five months, the Las Vegas Optic has been a three-day-a-week newspaper. For our first 130 years, this paper was a daily.

    Because of the reduction, many people have mistakenly believed that we work only three days a week. We don’t — for a very simple reason: The news still happens all the time.

    When my superiors decided to reduce the Optic’s frequency, I was nervous. I figured that we would get many complaints from our readers and some cancellations of subscriptions.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    This letter is to thank the following individuals and/or businesses for their recent contributions to our senior citizens centers:

    Our Lady of Sorrows and Rev. C. John Brasher , Daylight Donuts, Charlie’s Bakery & Café, Howard’s Sand & Gravel, the City of Las Vegas, Jesse Abel, Nick Coca, the Salvation Army — and Carmen Gress, and Love Your Neighbor.

    Your continued support of our senior services programs is greatly appreciated.

    Theresa Lopez

    Program Director

    Ser de N.M. Senior Citizens Center

  • Request for speed bumps answered

    City Councilwoman Diane Moore requested speed bumps on Legion Drive recently. Shortly after, the city did just that.

    At a council meeting, Moore noted that the Legion Drive project had been completed, but she wanted to know about the speed bumps near Legion Park Elementary School. They were there before the street was redone.

    Speed bumps are popular in Las Vegas. While many towns have none on public streets, they can be found all around the Meadow City. City ordinance allows speed bumps near schools.

  • Letter: Won’t be backing Tony Marquez

    I have received many phone calls and many individuals have come to my home asking about the 2010 election for mayor.

    I would like to make it perfectly clear that contrary to rumors, neither myself nor any of those whom I associate with are endorsing or seeking the re-election of current Mayor Tony Marquez Jr.

    We will register new voters, go door to door, distribute flyers, put up signs, pass out cards, network, do phone banks and family block vote coordination for that candidate whom we feel will address issues we bring to the table. We are tired of being ignored.

  • A bigger biker bash

    Accompanying the roar of motorcycle engines, there was a little bling, rock ‘n roll and a weekend full of events at the fourth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally in Las Vegas.

  • Teacher remains on paid leave

    An eastside teacher who allegedly sexually abused a student remains on paid leave, a top official said this week.

    Sup-erintendent Rick Romero said the Las Vegas City Schools district has been in contact with its attorneys about Jay Quintana, a teacher and coach at Robertson High School.

    “When we feel we have enough information based on the investigation, then we’ll make a determination,” Romero said. “Jay Quintana will remain on leave until we feel that we have have completed a thorough investigation.”

  • District: City not helping with parking

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero is unhappy with the city’s response in dealing with parking issues around Robertson High School.

    Ro-mero, along with a number of veteran school board members, said at last week’s board meeting that the city is trying to duck responsibility.

    “I received a call from Chief of Police Gary Gold. I appreciate Gary very much... I can tell in the conviction in his voice that he’s tired of being blamed for the parking issues around Robertson High School,” Romero said.

  • DAVE'S DRIVE-IN: ‘Hammer’ a soft-hitting boxing tale

    Stories of past-their-prime athletes returning for one last shot at glory are too numerous — on celluloid or otherwise — to mention. But “The Hammer,” a little-known 2008 independent film starring Adam Carolla as a 40-year-old construction worker and former boxing prospect, is a sweet surprise of a movie.