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Today's News

  • Connecticut residents hurt in plane accident

    State police say two Connecticut residents were burned when their small plane crashed Friday morning at the Las Vegas airport.

    State police spokesman Peter Olson says the 41-year-old male pilot pulled his 36-year-old female passenger from the burning plane.

    Olson says the woman has extensive and severe burns and the man also was burned. Both were flown to a trauma center in Albuquerque. Their names weren’t released pending notification of relatives.

  • COLUMN: A failed drug war

    Can you imagine having a job that wherever you go, someone is unhappy that you’re there?

    That would largely define the job of a police. officer. You stop someone for speeding, that person is mad. “Why don’t you go after the real criminals?” the speeder asks.

    Truth be told, officers often catch the bad guys at seemingly routine traffic stops.

    When an officer responds to a domestic violence call, you can be sure someone is upset about his arrival. And trying to bring peace is like bringing the Israelis and Palestinians together.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    I recently retired as the WLVMS principal after 32 years in education.   Throughout my career, I have found that it takes a community to raise a child.  I would like to thank the many individuals and businesses in Las Vegas for helping me make a difference as a teacher and as an administrator.

  • North sweeps Friday twinbill

    West Las Vegas’ Kristen Encinias had several big outside shots Friday night, but the biggest make she had was from the free-throw line.

    Encinias sank one of two freebies with 24 seconds left to nudge the Class 3A North All-Stars ahead 74-73, and that ended up the final margin in one of the most exciting all-star contests in recent history.

    Encinias, who hit three from long range, had 14 points total; Pojoaque’s Jackie Bartleson led with 23.

  • LETTER: Likes intersection the way it is

    The Optic gave it a thumbs down (but) I like using the intersection of Grand and University. No, I am not kidding. For years we had traffic lights and it was the worst intersection in town. I had many near misses there because someone was running the light or simply wasn’t paying attention. Since it’s become a four-way stop, I like using it because it is an experience in human interaction. Everybody is on guard. Everybody pays attention to their surroundings and their place in line. I have yet to see someone being rude or pushy.

  • LETTER: Noise pollution gone wacko

    Every summer the noise from Harleys and loud cars gets worse. It’s too noisy here! It’s noise pollution gone wacko!

    Warm weather used to be birdies singing and flowers blooming. Now it’s an unrelenting onslaught of nerve-wracking explosive noise. I’ve come to dread the nice weather because I know what’s coming.

  • LETTER: Get ready for an FBI visit

    I would like all those people who use the e-mail for their trash communication to know I am sending my Quarantine Summaries to the Albuquerque FBI office. The Bureau investigates each e-mail sender on that list. So those of you who think their jokes and trash communication are funny, you can expect a knock on your door from an FBI agent.

  • Police: Shooter captured, then confesses

    Gary Lovato has turned himself in.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said that Lovato, 20, who was wanted in connection with the recent shooting of Aaron Benavidez, presented himself to local authorities Tuesday and has confessed to his role in the shooting.

    Lovato is accused of having shot Benavidez three times in the leg after Benavidez attempted to return a purchase of prescription drugs from another youth.

  • City subsidy of boxing questioned

    The city of Las Vegas’ recent decision to give $15,000 to a boxing promoter has come under some criticism.

    But city officials say Las Vegas will benefit from the advertising for a planned September fight, which will include the city’s logo.

    On July 1, the City Council voted to give the money to Fresquez Productions, which aims to bring Albuquerque pro boxer Holly Holm for a fight on Sept. 5. Her opponent will be announced at a coming press conference, according to Fresquez.

  • THUMBS

    thumb UP for ... THE FIESTAS. Maybe the rain didn’t always cooperate, and perhaps there were controversial moments, but it was still another fun and successful Fiestas de Las Vegas, with plenty of good music and dance and fun for young and old alike.

    Congratulations, Fiesta Council, on another job well done.