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Today's News

  • LETTER: In defense of city’s police officers

    I am writing this letter in response to unsubstantiated rumors and concerns about law enforcement officers within our community, primarily with the Las Vegas City Police Department. As I read the Las Vegas Optic, I see articles to include letters to the editor. These articles are alleging that officers are violent, abusive, and not being held responsible. I have recently been hearing rumors about police officers abusing their powers and violating citizen’s constitutional rights.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    Thumb DOWN for ... WITHOUT A HOMELESS SHELTER. Members of the Samaritan House have asked the city for help with getting a permanent place for a homeless shelter. The group once had one, but it didn’t meet regulations, members said.

    Last year, First Presbyterian Church and Faith Hall donated space temporarily for a cold-weather shelter. From Nov. 23 to April 1, that shelter served 47 people, who used the facility for a total of 835 days. So there’s clearly a need in this community for a shelter.

  • Cowboys, Lady Cards, Panthers to play on

    The season will go on at least a while longer for New Mexico Highlands' baseball team and the Lady Cardinal softball squad from Robertson High, as well as the Pecos baseball program..

    NMHU (39-19) was one of three Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams selected to the six-team NCAA Division II Central regional playoffs. The lineup was made official on Sunday and includes No. 1 seed Mesa State (39-13), No. 2 Minnesota State-Mankato (38-15), No. 3 Wayne State (Neb.) (42-13), No. 4 NMHU, No. 5 Southwest Minnesota State (27-13) and No. 6 Colorado State-Pueblo (39-20).

  • LETTER: Let’s have citizen oversight of PD

    I’d like to support the proposal made in the letter by Paul Skotchdopole regarding the creation of a citizens police oversight committee. Such an entity makes only good sense and is the only fiscally responsible action possible given our society and human nature.

    Independent, transparent, and empowered citizen oversight would make police more responsive to all segments of society, more humane, and ultimately more respected, appreciated, and compensated for a difficult and dangerous job.

  • Council to discuss film regulations

    The Las Vegas City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Middle School's lecture hall to discuss possible regulations on film productions in town.

    Some have complained that movie projects are hurting their businesses; others are touting the economic benefits of the film industry.

    The council will meet at Memorial Middle School's lecture hall. For more information on the meeting, call the city clerk's office at 454-1401, ext. 269.

  • Ankle express for post office?

    The Las Vegas post office has been short on trucks, so the postmaster has been reportedly asking carriers to walk to their routes and deliver.

    Such requests apparently haven’t been sitting well with carriers.

    On Monday, carrier Greg Deges was seen pushing a mail cart up the hill on Eighth Street near Douglas Avenue, going toward his route a few blocks away.

  • City asked to help with shelter

    A local group is asking the city for help to set up a permanent shelter for the homeless. Members of the City Council say they’re interested.

    Last winter, First Presbyterian Church made available temporary space for such a shelter. Volunteers worked in shifts, and paid staffers covered those times when no volunteers were signed up.

    From Nov. 23 to April 1, the shelter served 47 people, who used the facility for a total of 835 days. Most of the people in the shelter were chronically homeless Las Vegas residents, but some were traveling through town.

  • Lopers deal Cowboys first loss in RMAC tourney

     

     

     

    In a league tournament filled with upsets, New Mexico Highlands was dispatched to the loser's bracket Thursday night, tripping up 5-3 to the fifth-seeded Nebraska-Kearney Lopers.

    The Cowboys (37-18) will play Regis at noon on Friday in an elimination game. The winner stays alive for a shot at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball title and a berth in the NCAA Division II Central Regional. The loser goes home.

  • EDITORIAL: An Orwellian City Hall

    In recent months, top Las Vegas city officials have urged the community to focus on the positive in city government. Indeed, Mayor Tony Marquez has been upset with negative coverage of his administration in this newspaper.

    Now City Hall thinks it has figured out a way to get everyone to forget about recent controversies — just pretend they never happened. That smacks of the content of George Orwell’s novel, “1984,” in which officials revised history in favor of the state’s mere interpretation of it.

  • Conservation law changes pondered

    The city is looking at ways to change it conservation ordinance to further reduce water consumption.

    Last week, the City Council voted to publish its current ordinance and seek community input. The ordinance includes three stages of conservation, with each stage imposing stricter requirements.

    The ordinance also lists the penalties for violations, although city officials have said before that the community has shown great cooperation, so citations haven’t been required.