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Today's News

  • Once in charge of local water

    Most people often take a lot of things for granted, like turning on the faucet expecting, water, the world’s most precious resource to flow.

    But Frank Armijo and his former colleagues, Ramon Vialpando, Edward Saavedra, Jerry Aguilar, Art Salazar and Larry Francis, at the Las Vegas water treatment plant know it takes a lot of work, using science, technology and years of experience to make water safe to drink.

  • THUMBS: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    GRAND AVENUE IMPROVEMENTS, ANYWAY. We’re noticing two things regarding Grand Avenue that we like. One is that the New Mexico Department of Transportation is talking about other ways to spruce up this main thoroughfare through town, besides the two-lane proposal that’s been shot down. Paul Gray, the DOT’s district engineer, said trees can be planted, patterned concrete will be poured and better crosswalks will be painted into place.

  • EDITORIAL: City proposal opens the way

    Last month, downtown merchants presented a petition calling for the city to enact a moratorium on all new film projects while the city makes changes to its ordinance dealing with such activities.

    The business people contended that movie productions pay little heed to them when they’re filming. They say they don’t receive adequate compensation for their losses and that the companies don’t communicate well to residents about their schedules.

  • Madrid says he won’t run for re-election

    Las Vegas City Councilman Morris Madrid an-nounced this week that he wouldn’t run for a second term, but he left open the possibility of a mayoral bid.

    “Eit-her I’m going to play a larger leadership role or none at all. That’s a decision I have to make,” said Madrid, who was elected to represent the west side’s Ward 1 in 2006.

    Madrid, a top official at the state hospital, said he would make an announcement on his political plans next month.

  • Dealership says it has doubled sales since April

    The Enchantment car dealership is under new management and is reportedly seeing an increase in sales.

    Bill Scheid, the general manager and owner, took over the Ford and Chrysler dealership at the beginning of April. He hopes to close on deals with both auto companies to take official ownership.

    Enchantment’s products include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep. It had been around for about three decades.

  • West officials want confirmation

    Three West Las Vegas school board members want a letter of confirmation from the state Public Education Department that the agency is fine with the district’s selection of an auditor.

    At issue is the board’s recent decision to hire Griego Professional Services as the auditor. Some members have expressed concern that he firm isn’t entirely independent because one of its employees, Jolene Perez, a former business manager for West, helped the district’s business office after leaving.

  • WORK OF ART: Taking a TV furlough

    The weekend was a great opportunity to live like an estimated 2.7 million people who went without.

    Less than 1 percent of the U.S. population watched blank TV screens, or nothing at all when the media industry converted from analog to digital. The rationale is simple: If you don’t already have cable or satellite and if you failed to acquire a converter box, your TV set went blank.

  • Residents say their wells going dry

    Last week, Susan Hayes, an Ojitos Frios resident, got a glass of water, but she couldn’t do the same thing a half hour later. Nothing came out of the faucet.

    A neighbor, Bill Pyles, said Monday he had just enough water in his well to fill up a bathtub. At certain times, it takes an hour for water in his well to build up enough to where family members can flush the toilet again.

  • Car show attracts residents

    Las Vegas isn’t Gotham City, but Batman’s wheels have been seen around here in recent days.

    Resident Kirk Ludi’s has unveiled his Batmobile and showed it off at a car show Saturday.

    A constant stream of people lined up to admire his creation and other restored and custom-built cars at the Custom Car Show & Shine at the Felix Martinez parking lot on the Highlands University campus.

  • LETTER: Thoughts on filmmaking in LV

    I am a little hurt after reading David Giuliani’s “Why denigrate Mexicans?” in the Optic on June 8. I can’t believe some people in Las Vegas would feel this way. It seems that whenever someone is losing an argument, they turn to slandering the race, looks or color.