Today's News

  • Rethinking city water regs

    Well, it’s that time of year again, and the city has once again decreed that I can only water my garden on Tuesdays.

    It’s uncanny, really.

    There is nothing in nature to suggest that the plants in my garden now need only half the watering they needed just two weeks ago.

    So the city has placed me in the same dilemma as many Las Vegans who are looking to grow food in their backyards — shall I obey authority and let my tomatoes and squash shrivel and die or must I become a scofflaw in the name of food security?

  • LETTER: Get both sides out there

    I was shocked, but not surprised, when I heard that there was a gay float in the most recent parade. Later, I was surprised, but not shocked, to read that the Las Vegas Optic reported on the event supporting and only representing one side.

  • Leaders oppose Luna plan

    If Luna Community College officials thought getting approval from the state Public Education Commission for their proposed charter school was just a formality, they had a rude awakening at a hearing last week.

    While Luna Community College President Pete Campos, a number of college employees and a few parents spoke in favor of the proposed new Luna Charter Academy, just about every superintendent in northeastern New Mexico lined up against it.

  • Highlands prof studies sustainability

    New Mexico Highlands University chemistry professor David Sammeth participated in an intensive two-week program in July to study global sustainability at the prestigious Santa Fe Institute.  

    The program, co-sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, explored global sustainability with a focus on climate change. Twenty national and international scientists, economists, social scientists, and policy makers presented at the program.

  • City seeks to solve parking problem

    The city of Las Vegas is pushing a proposal to deal with parking problems near Robertson High School.

    Residents near the school have complained that students parking near their houses are creating disturbances. Robertson officials say they have enough parking on campus, but many students still choose to park on nearby streets.

  • FROM THE HIP: ‘The Big Lie’

    It’s called “The Big Lie.” Hitler coined the term. Hitler believed that we, the people, actually are more vulnerable to colossal, outrageous lies than we are to small and relatively trivial falsehoods. He reasoned that the vast majority of us tend to tell the small and niggling little lies of the “that dress looks great on you” variety on a regular basis. Consequently,  petty falsehoods are within our experience and we are on the lookout for them.

  • East sees another decline in students

    Enrollment is down districtwide at the Las Vegas City Schools, officials said.

    Associate Superintendent LeeEtte Quintana told school board members at a recent meeting that after the third day of school, total enrollment was 1,968.

    “That is down by 122 students at this same time last year,” Quintana told the board.

    Board member Patrick Romero asked, “Where did they go?”

  • Man accused of attacking another

    A man was so intoxicated, a Las Vegas police officer took him home, authorities said. Later, the man was arrested on charges of attacking another.

    Around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16, state police were called to Sheridan Road to respond to the reported attack.

    The victim, Julian Weathers, told officers that when Jessie P. Atencio, 35, of Las Vegas arrived home, he asked Weathers and Weathers’ godson to get his motorcycle down the road, according to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

  • Redbirds just shy in Portales thriller

    One tipped pass was all that separated the Robertson Cardinals from arguably the upset of the 2009 football season — on its opening weekend, no less.

    A pass deflection that broke up a 2-point conversion attempt with 1:23 left in the game Friday night preserved a 42-41 victory for the host Rams in Portales.

  • Panel wants council powers curtailed

    Members of a city panel say they want to curtail the powers of the mayor and City Council in the city’s new constitution, so the governing body doesn’t get out of control.

    Last week, an attorney recommended the Charter Commission think twice before being too restrictive with the council, saying such plans could backfire.

    The commission has drafted a 30-page city charter and hopes to get it before the voters in the March municipal election. The council would need to approve it first.