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Today's News

  • Editorial: Who's really full of it?

    The Optic has maintained for six months that state law requires the city of Las Vegas to release e-mails involving a quorum of the City Council.

    Our argument was pretty simple: The state Open Meetings Act mandates that governing bodies discuss public business in the open. And that law includes all forms of communication, including e-mail.

    But City Attorney Carlos Quiñones stood in the way of openness, as is too often the case at City Hall. He told the Optic that the city couldn’t find any e-mails on its server involving a quorum of the council.

  • Official explains why job not advertised

    The local District Court didn’t advertise a supervisor’s position in the court clerk’s office, instead filling it with an employee involved in a nepotism situation.

    Some employees have worked in the court clerk’s office for years, yet they didn’t have an opportunity to apply for the vacant position, which would have been a promotion.

    Rather, the Fourth Judicial District Court filled the position with Michelle Pino, who has served as District Judge Eugenio Mathis’ administrative secretary for a number of years.

  • Blues festival draws a crowd to King Stadium

    “You can’t sit still for the blues.” Mary Oishi, KUNM disc jockey, chided those sitting in the crowd for not getting to their feet and dancing to the live music at Casa de Cultura’s first “Ain’t Got no Frijoles Blues Festival.”

    Sunday’s event, which drew roughly 200 people, was conceived by Casa de Cultura’s director, Miguel Angel, both as a way to bring people together through culture and introduce them to the wonders of King Stadium.

    It succeeded.

  • Cowgirls, youth league team up

    It was a win-win situation for the sport of soccer in the Meadow City on Aug.30.

    The Las Vegas Youth Soccer League teamed up with New Mexico Highlands University’s women’s soccer team to hold a LVYSL Day that Sunday at Perkins Stadium.

  • Parts of conservation law ignored

    The city is considering revisions to its conservation ordinance, but some may wonder if the original has been strictly followed.

    The 2001 ordinance is most known for the stages of increasing water-use restrictions when supplies run low. The city has followed that procedure over the years.

    But other parts of the ordinance have gone by largely unnoticed — such as the portion about educating the community.

  • Work of Art: Coerced into optimism

    Much to my surprise and yeah, even annoyance, I’ve come across many people who, no matter what, cannot be coerced into optimism.

    I’ve met scores of them, possibly because that trait used to be mine as well. These are the people determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, who become obsessed with seeing the down side of things and who refuse to enjoy the present because, sadly, it’ll end some time.

  • Rociada's Thompson hits tourney hole in one

    Fiestas are by definition a celebration, and at the recent Fiesta de Golf, Rociada resident Linda Thompson found herself celebrating that most coveted of golf achievements — the elusive hole in one.

    Thompson’s ace came in the midst of the Las Vegas Ladies Golf Association Tournament Fiesta de Golf held Aug. 26 at the Gene Torres Golf Course on the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

  • Football picks contest open to readers

    Once again, the Optic is offering its readers the opportunity to prove they know their stuff when it comes to predicting the outcome of professional and college football games.

  • Rules on legal opinions debated

    The Las Vegas city attorney says that only a City Council majority or the city manager can request a legal opinion from the city attorney.  

    But the provision in the city Governing Body Rules of Procedure, which City Attorney Carlos Quiñones cited, never mentions that the city manager can request an opinion.

    Indeed, it refers only to supplemental opinions, which would come from a law firm other than the city attorney. It says nothing about legal opinions requested of the city attorney himself.

  • As It Is: Demonizing differences

    During the recent forum on whether to unite the two local school districts, one woman claimed that those who took the opposite opinion from her didn’t have the best interests of the children at heart.

    Can’t folks disagree on district consolidation without accusing the other side of having the worst of intentions? Do we have to demonize differences of opinion?

    In this instance, I’m sure most of the people on both sides of the issue really believe that they are putting the children’s interests first.