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Today's News

  • Las Vegas' future is in the trees

    We all think of a forest as millions of acres of green-topped mountains where water and wildlife rule the land. But there’s a forest right in our own backyards that sometimes gets overlooked — the urban forest.

    An urban forest includes trees, vegetation, and associated natural resources within and around the inhabited area of a community. Urban Forests include trees in parks, tree-lined streets, trees that dot our neighborhoods and any trees within the wildland-urban interface between communities and adjacent forest and rangelands

  • COLUMN: No Rival, but wads of money

    A few days ago, one of our honorable state senators, Phil Griego, D-San Jose, was on the radio and he warned people about those in the merchant class in the Plaza area.

    He said they were newcomers and that they wanted to change Las Vegas into a Santa Fe or a Taos. (And he said the Optic was 90 percent wrong in its stories, but that’s a subject for another day.) Actually, newcomers make up a lot of the business owners in the Plaza area, but there are many natives who own shops there as well.

  • Cardinals, Dons battle to a split

    Saturday’s East-West baseball doubleheader gave fans of both teams something to smile about.

    Robertson overcame a 3-0 deficit to win the opening game 16-6.

    Then in game two, West Las Vegas scored the first six runs, this time holding on to the lead for a 16-2 triumph.

  • Man still not in jail, despite sentence

    Joseph Floyd Santillanes was supposed to begin his six-month jail sentence for his fourth DWI conviction on Jan. 30.

    He’s still not there — the county jail won’t take him.

    During a Jan. 26 hearing, the 53-year-old local man entered into a plea agreement in which he admitted to drunken driving.

  • LETTER: A public thanks for fixing up the Ilfeld

    We would like to publicly thank Wid Slick of the Plaza Hotel for the outstanding job he has done with the new Ilfeld Building renovation. Not only is it a wonderful addition to Las Vegas and represents a huge infusion of time, effort and money into the community, it reflects the many unsung instances of generosity on Wid’s part to Las Vegas.

    Wid Slick has devoted endless hours to the promotion of our town and many kindnesses to locals are his trademarks.

  • First things first

    What to plant first? Most people who decide they want to have a garden  just go out and plant their flowers or veggies.

    When the plants don't do well, or even die, they conclude that they don't have a "green thumb" and move on to other things.

    Their problem is that they began at the end of the process. There are other things which must be cultivated first.

  • Survey focuses on joining of districts

    Some local politicians don’t like to even mention the issue of consolidating the two Las Vegas school districts.

    A Highlands University class, however, is taking the issue head on.

    Throughout this week, a marketing research class led by Professor Margaret Young is gauging the community’s views on ideas to consolidate the West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City Schools districts.

  • EDITORIAL: Path is a good idea

    Over the years, the San Miguel County government has shown that it is forward-looking with its projects. For instance, a planned crusher operation is expected to cut the costs of maintaining roads. And a proposed transfer station with a railroad spur is expected to make the county’s solid waste operations more efficient.

    In the last few years, the county has completed a new courthouse and a public health office. This is real progress.

    Now, the county is planning a pedestrian-bicyclist path along Cinder Road. We wholeheartedly endorse this project.

  • Mariachis progress quickly

    They seem like they’ve been performing for years. But it’s only been a few months.

    Children in the 21st Century mariachi after-school program have already wowed a crowd at Fiesta de la Hispandad and are now heading to a big show in Tucson, Ariz., for the International Mariachi Contest in a few weeks.

    Ben Lucero and Emily Maestas, the co-directors of the young mariachi group, have had extensive musical careers themselves.

  • Right on track

    Robertson’s girls’ track team made itself right at home in the West Las Vegas Invitational.

    And no, that’s not simply because the meet was held at Cardinal Stadium on Saturday.

    The RHS girls, coached by Benny Ortiz, placed second behind mighty Rio Rancho, piling up 62 points, ahead of Hope Christian (53), Pojoaque (42), Santa Rosa (34) and WLV (25), along with a dozen other schools. The Rams had 117.