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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: A big step

    In recent months, the state engineer’s office has entered agreements with nearly all area acequias to install measuring stations to gauge the amount of water each community-operated ditch is using. This is a giant step for both the state and the acequias in the distribution of water from the Gallinas River.

    After all, it’s hard to equitably share the water if no one knows how much folks are using.

  • Students get advice for prom night

    Prom night should be one of the happiest times in a teenager’s life. And it usually is if teens follow the rules of the road and don’t get caught up in a moment of reckless abandon that can ruin the evening, and even the rest of their lives.

    That was the message from the San Miguel DWI Prevention Program to Robertson High School students whose prom will be held April 18. The same message will be presented to West Las Vegas High School students before their prom on May 2.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The members of the Manuel Sandoval family wish to thank all those who provided support and assistance following the recent death of our loved one.

    We thank Dr. G. Michael Lopez, Father C. John Brasher, Lorenzo Martinez, Soylo Martinez, Diane Martinez, Diego Trujillo, Michelle Manzanares, Michelle Velasquez, Alicia Padilla, Marilyn Romero, Bill Lindsey, the VFW Honor Guard, and the Alta Vista Hospital nursing staff.

    James Sandoval

    Las Vegas

  • UPDATE ON BREAKING NEWS: Superintendent, others charged; board member, parent comment

    The district attorney's office on Monday charged Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero, the athletic director and three former coaches in connection with attacks at a football camp last year.

    Romero, Athletic Director Michael Yara, former head coach Ray Woods and former assistant coaches Adam Alvarez and Ikaika Neizman are each facing a misdemeanor charge of failure to report child abuse or neglect.

  • LETTER: Trees need to be trimmed or removed

    I read the story on the Optic dated March 20 about the Acequia Madre, which I found very interesting.

    The story brought me back to my childhood when I went to school at the Sister of Loretto School on the corner of South Gonzales ad Moreno Street. I was 5 or 6 years old at the time. We used to play in the ditch with great pleasure.

  • 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.