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Today's News

  • 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.

  • EDITORIAL: Take that, taggers

    Thanks to West Las Vegas’ architect, the community has scored a win over taggers. A crew recently completed a wall during the renovation of Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary School, but the architect, Antonio Ortega, figured the wall was an open invitation to vandals. So he ordered a special anti-graffiti spray, and the crew applied it.

    As sure as a politician finds a camera, taggers struck the Don Cecilio wall. But it didn’t take much to clean up the mess.

  • Kryptonite Update, June 12: Kryptos win five of seven

    The Las Vegas Kryptonite played seven games this past week, going 5-2. With this week’s games, the Kryptonite pushed their record to 7-4 overall.

  • EDITORIAL: Room for improvement

    The City Council has decided to consider changes to its water conservation ordinance, which was drafted in 2001. Top state officials have touted this ordinance as a model for the rest of the state. And they should.

    But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need further improvement.

  • Post office reacts to petition

    Postal Service officials are downplaying a recent petition against Las Vegas Postmaster Alberta Ellis.

    Barbara Wood, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service’s Albuquerque district, which includes Las Vegas, said the more than 300 signatures on the petition are only a few people compared to the population of the Meadow City, which is more than 14,000.

    Last month, the petition was presented to U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., seeking Ellis’ removal as postmaster. Lujan’s office didn’t have any comment on the request.

  • AS IT IS: A mixed leadership record

    Since the Optic converted to mail delivery more than three months ago, the local post office has done a good job. Our local customers are getting their papers on the same day as our edition, just as the post office promised it would do.

    In fact, my boss was visiting his folks in Arkansas last week and his parents got their Wednesday Optic  on Friday, which, considering the distance, is quick.

    The credit for this would have to go to our local post office employees and their boss, Postmaster Alberta Ellis.

  • West wants money to go to Valley

    As West Las Vegas district architect Antonio Ortega approached the podium last week, Board Chairwoman Christine Ludi quipped, “Are you coming back to ask us for the money you saved us?”

    Ortega said, “Yes, but just a little bit, but these are good change orders.”

    Ortega told the board the district had about $130,000 of the money it appropriated for the Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary School project, and pointed out where those dollars could best be spent. 

  • State works on Grand Ave. plans

    A downtown organization would like to have as much landscaping as possible on a portion of Grand Avenue targeted for renovation.

    But it looks like the state won’t be putting any vegetation in the median for the Grand project, which is slated to start early next year.

    In March, the City Council decided to keep Grand Avenue at four lanes in the renovated area, which will be from National Avenue to Tilden Street.

  • Kryptonite Update, June 15: Vegas sweeps Laguna Acoma

    The Las Vegas Kryptonite hosted the Laguna Acoma Tigers on Saturday and came earned a sweep of the visitors to push their overall record to 9-4 on the 2009 season.

  • Officials to get pay cuts

    Top West Las Vegas will see cuts in their pay; rank-and-file employees will not.

    West Las Vegas School’s Business Manager Doug Hendrickson said at a recent school board meeting that the district would be working with less money next year. In light of what officials called a significant shortfall, the superintendent, associate superintendent and business manager agreed to pay cuts.  

    Hendrickson said that even with stimulus funding, the district is projecting revenue next fiscal year of $14 million, which is down 8 percent from this year.