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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: Numbers raise questions

    It’s not unusual for Las Vegas parents to compare the East and West school districts, mostly from the vantage point of which one offers the best education for their children. But an Optic report published last week, took a different approach in looking at the two districts — by including a “by the numbers” comparison.

  • Lighting up Saturday Night

    ‘This town is parade crazy,” says Tito Chavez.  “And this parade (electric light parade) is one of the most interesting and really the most unique of them all.”

    Chavez and his wife, Mary, own Tito’s Gallery on Bridge Street. They have seen lots of parades pass by. He also remembers building lots of floats for the electric light parade in years past.

  • Some call it magic

    Thanksgiving just passed, and while my turkey day usually consists of eating too much and falling asleep by 3 p.m., this year it was different.

    My family and I went to Durango, Colo., for a new twist on Thanksgiving.

    As we were arriving in Durango, it was snowing like crazy. And this year, there was no turkey. (Well, not until Saturday, anyway.) For our Thanksgiving feast, we had Denny’s — that’s right, Denny’s. Nothing else seemed to be open, but it was OK because it made this Thanksgiving something new and totally different.

  • Book review: The Magic Lance

    Magic Lance: Mystery and Adventure in the New West, Hal Simmons

    Clear Light Publishing

    Santa Fe, N.M., 2008, $14.95

     

    Wonderful proposition — what would happen if the tribes of New Mexico banded together and used the money they are making out of gambling for a common goal? What if land acquisition were the goal? What if a thinly disguised Ted Turner also wants to acquire land?

    “Magic Lance: Mystery and Adventure in the New West” is thoroughly enjoyable with recognizable and likeable personalities.

  • Las Vegas won’t have lobbyist

    The city won’t have a lobbyist to promote Las Vegas issues at the state Legislature — at least for next year.

    At this week’s meeting, the City Council considered a proposal to include lobbyist duties for the position of grant writer.

    Councilman Morris Madrid said he opposed including lobbying among the grant writer’s duties. He said the skills required for lobbying were quite different from writing grant proposals.

  • Suit wants player returned to school

    The parents of a Robertson High School football player accused of rape and kidnapping in a hazing incident and kicked out of school have sued the school district, contending he was not directly involved.

    The federal court lawsuit also says that in any case, the player was being punished for behavior that was implicitly endorsed by the coaching staff.

  • Student found with pellet guns

    West Las Vegas Middle School is punishing a student who brought two pellet guns to school this week, a top official said Thursday.

    Jim Abreu, superintendent of the West Las Vegas schools, said middle school authorities found out that the boy had brought the two weapons to school Tuesday. Officials had evidence from a security camera of the boy showing off the pellet guns to classmates.

  • COLUMN: Here's a capital idea

    For experimental purposes only, I wanted to test the frequency of capital letters adorning products. Accordingly, I’ve arrayed a dozen items in front of me to test the theory.

    My belief is that most people overuse capital letters, LIKE THIS. And they like to play with exclamations marks as well!!!!!

    But it’s hard to hear anything or anybody when everyone’s shouting.

    Let me explain:

  • Las Vegas may be at risk for hunger

    If national trends are an indication, Las Vegas may have more than its share of people without enough food.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in its annual survey of food security, found that 11.9 million Americans suffered a substantial disruption in their food supply during the year, reflecting an increase of 40 percent since 2000.

    New Mexico was reported to be the second worst state in the nation for food insecurity, being beaten out only by Mississippi.

  • Have a Tim Burton Christmas

    The HU Singers will perform “A Tim Burton Christmas” at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6, in New Mexico Highlands’ Ilfeld Auditorium. The program features musical numbers from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and “The Corpse Bride.”