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Today's News

  • City gets mixed report on water

    Not much has changed over the last six months in efforts to improve Las Vegas’ water situation, but the city has undertaken a few initiatives that show promise, according to a report released recently.

    The Las Vegas Community Water Board, a nonprofit group that started a couple of years ago to keep water on local officials’ minds, reported that the city has no new storage capacity for water and that water conservation ordinances don’t appear to have a high priority in city government.

  • Area students get ag lessons

    Instead of arithmetic and spelling, area elementary students got to learn about cows and bugs recently.

    It was all a part of the sixth annual Kids and Kows and More Expo at Zamora Arena. The event was sponsored by the Southwest Dairy Farmers Association.  

    Tonya Collins of the New Mexico Beef Council said during the expo that children rotate to a number of stations where they learn about America’s breadbasket, and about the farmers and ranchers who essentially feed the world.

  • Faculty criticizes Fries’ remarks

    The leader of Highlands University’s faculty union is accusing the school’s president of giving “false and misleading” information about labor negotiations.

    Kathy Jenkins, president of the Faculty Association, made the charge in a mass e-mail to around 90 union members earlier this week. She was responding to Jim Fries’ statements to the Optic in which he contended that the school was trying to get the union to the bargaining table but that the union had canceled the last few meetings.

  • EDITORIAL: Earth Day

    So this is Earth Day, a moment in which most of us give little more than lip service to the world we live on. But in recent years, it seems there’s been a growing national consciousness in recent years. Maybe it was Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” that shifted our focus from feel-good environmentalism to real-world talk about carbon footprints. Or maybe it was the war in Iraq, which has highlighted our need to be less independent on foreign oil, but Americans are clearly “thinking green” as never before.

  • Girls find out about opportunities

    Arianna Romero and other fifth-graders in the Las Vegas City Schools district were finding out firsthand that girls can do anything in the workforce that boys can do.

    “I learned that every job isn’t just for guys; girls can do carpentry and contracting. We can become scientists, archaeologists, biologists and attorneys,” Romero said. “I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up.”

  • East board OKs expulsion

    After an hour behind closed doors, the Las Vegas City Schools board voted unanimously to uphold the expulsion of an 18-year old student arrested on drug charges in an investigation on Robertson High School grounds.

    Board President Phillip Vigil called for a vote, with Patrick Romero and Ramon “Swoops” Montaño offering a first and second on the motion. Romero, Montaño, Gabriel Lucero, Elaine Luna and President Vigil all voted yes to expel the student.

  • EDITORIAL: A setback at City Hall

    The city’s auditing firm last week requested authority to launch a thorough investigation into the utilities department’s finances. Jeff McWhorter from Albuquerque-based Accounting & Consulting Group told the council that he found “anomalies” in billing records at the department.

  • Agencies seek to aid rape victims

    A Highlands University student says she struggled to get clear answers on what to do after she was raped earlier this year.

    That’s the type of situation local officials want to change.

    The woman said she didn’t immediately report her assault to authorities. She said she wanted to clean up first.

    “I was in such shock,” she said.

    The student knew the terminology and asked Alta Vista Regional Hospital if it had a sexual assault nurse examiner, or SANE. The hospital didn’t, she was told, but it had rape kits available.

  • COLUMN: New energy, old feuds

    Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge took the helm more than a month ago after having served several years as the manager in Santa Rosa.

    So far, he has been receiving good reviews. He has been credited with getting citizen input in the Lee Drive area about a controversial roundabout and acting on their concerns. And he has also gauged residents’ views on various issues in the area of Robertson High School, especially when it comes to traffic.

  • LETTER: Swift punishment is effective

    I am responding to the debate about the death penalty. If you believe the absoluteness of so-called science fiction, you are strongly deluded. Anyone who has studied science and statistical analyses should know that you could interpret and make numbers (percentages, significance, error, etc.) say whatever you want them to say!