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Today's News

  • COLUMN: Losing, finishing and winning

    Way back in the 1970s, when I was in my early 20s, I coached a basketball team in an inner-city league in Nashville, Tenn. Inspired by “The White Shadow” television show at the time, the teenagers on my team named themselves the Shadows because I was the only white coach in the league. In fact, I was the only white person in the league, but that’s another story entirely.

  • Money for boxing event still at issue

    The city is seeking an opinion from its attorney on the legality of giving $15,000 to help a private boxing promoter advertise an event on Aug. 28.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge requested the opinion from City Attorney Carlos Quiñones. This was done at the prompting of City Councilwoman Diane Moore, the only council member who opposed giving the money.

  • District head opposes dress code

    If Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero had his way, the district wouldn’t have its dress code.

    Superintendent Rick Romero, the Las Vegas City Schools board, and teachers and staff had a candid discussion on the district’s dress code at last week’s school board meeting.

    Romero told the board that he has received requests from parents that the dress code at elementary schools be done away with or revised.

  • Guard leader: Deployment numbers dip

    Major Gen. Kenny Montoya of the New Mexico National Guard told the audience at the 2009 Employer Appreciation Day luncheon last week that New Mexico soldiers are as busy as ever around the state. He also said fewer men and women from the state are being sent to Iraq.

    Montoya said a year ago, about 1,000 area troops were in combat. Now, there are 550 New Mexicans deployed.

  • Baby dies in crash

    A baby perished in a car accident on Interstate 25 near Watrous.

    The baby’s parents are Mike and Emily Stewart of Colorado Springs, state police said. The baby’s name wasn’t immediately available.

    State police Lt. Craig Martin said the family was headed north on the highway during a rainstorm when their car hydroplaned off the road and into some trees around 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Mike Stewart and two of his sons escaped without serious injuries, while Emily Stewart suffered extensive leg injuries, Martin said.

  • Letter: Postmaster Ellis does a great job

    I’m writing to show support for the great job Alberta Ellis has done at the post office. On several occasions Ms. Ellis has gone above and beyond in taking care of mine and my family’s needs when problems arise. I can’t imagine how stressful and time-consuming the job can be, not to mention unglorified. She is the person behind the scenes doing her best to deliver to all the people of Las Vegas.

  • City government changes urged

    A panel is recommending major changes to the way the city government operates, including strict ethics rules and curbs on the mayor’s and City Council’s powers.

    Starting Monday, the city Charter Commission will be holding weekly public hearings in each of the city’s wards on a proposed new charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution. The current charter took effect four decades ago, when the two Las Vegases united.

  • 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.