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Today's News

  • LETTER: Slavery, chocolate shouldn’t mix

    Our class is doing a project on Fair Trade, and slavery in chocolate. We wanted to know if you knew about Fair Trade and their work on no slavery in chocolate. In our class we are very concerned about the children who have to work and not go to school just so they can have money for their families. Slavery in chocolate is bad because many children in Africa mostly spend their time at work.

  • LETTER: Optic should offer fact, not fiction

    I agree with part of what Greg Levenson wrote in his letter to the editor published March 6.  It would be wonderful if the Optic were able to provide more positive news and editorials about Las Vegas leaders and businesses.

  • LETTER: Smart consumers back in style

    I don’t watch much television but the other day I was literally waiting for paint to dry so I decided to check out the offerings on the Saturday afternoon tube. Now the programming hasn’t changed in over 30 years, so there were no surprises there, but I noticed something interesting in the ads. Many of these were portraying an America still engrossed in social oneupsmanship — get a bigger lawn tractor than your neighbors’, buy seven golf shirts so you have a different one for each day of the week, and so on.

  • Teen sentenced in RHS case

    SANTA FE — A teen who pleaded guilty in the Robertson High School football assault case was sentenced Friday to nine months in a southern New Mexico juvenile detention center and three months of probation.

    Jerek Padilla, 17, reached an agreement with prosecutors in January in which he pleaded guilty to criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy charges.

    Padilla apologized to the victims in the case before state District Judge Jim Hall sentenced him.

  • Three to compete for Miss New Mexico

    April Esquibel was crowned the new Miss Las Vegas on Saturday at West Las Vegas High School. Erin Scott won the title of Miss San Miguel County and first runner-up Erin Scott was named Miss Las Vegas Sweetheart during the competition.

    This is the first year that the first runner-up will have the opportunity to compete at the state level in the Miss New Mexico pageant, which will be held in June in Alamogordo. Seven contestants competed in talent, swim suit, evening wear, interview and on stage questions from master of ceremonies Jesse Lopez.

  • COLUMN: Speed y Gonzales on the fly

    Maybe it’s just I, but it seems as though the last two months have flown by! It’s already mid-March, and just yesterday was New Year’s Day, and I was pondering my resolutions — get organized, enjoy retirement, slow down a bit. Yeah, right.

    Hmm, maybe it’s because we’re now on Daylight Saving Time, or because even though there are still 24 hours in a day, the sun still is rising and setting , throwing us — or me, anyway — off kilter.

  • COLUMN: What exactly is a 'Lady Ram'?

    ‘Hayseed” and other put-down terms generally get showered on rural folk by us urbanites. We’ve looked at people from neighboring towns as rustics, while we, in the big city of Las Vegas, are urban sophisticates.

    Basketball teams arriving from any of the small schools that once dotted northern New Mexico in the ‘50s had funny ways of handling the ball, or cheering. Our teams, on the other hand, the epitome of sauvity, knew all the LeBron James moves, even before LeBron was conceived (of).

  • The mother ditch

    It’s on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s the largest historic structure in Las Vegas. And it’s one of the oldest. The original Spanish colonists of the area began building it as soon as they arrived, in the mid-1830s.

    What is it?

    If you guessed the Plaza Hotel, the Ilfeld Addition or for that matter any other building, you would be wrong.

    It is the Acequia Madre de Las Vegas, the mother ditch.

  • EDITORIAL: E-mails aren't private

    The dismissal of two employees at the state hospital, essentially for inappropriate behavior at work, illustrates a point that too many people forget: the e-mail account you use at work doesn’t belong to you.

  • Officials praise new city manager

    Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge has been on the job for two weeks. So far, he is getting good reviews from the mayor and the City Council.

    By a unanimous vote, the council earlier this month appointed Dodge, a Highlands University graduate who had been Santa Rosa’s city manager for the last four years.

    At Wednesday’s council meeting, Councilwoman Diane Moore said she had seen Dodge plenty of times during the last two weeks, but not at his office. She said he has been out at meetings and other places, getting to know the community.