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Today's News

  • City’s CNG station again closed

    The compressed natural gas station near City Hall is closing immediately because of a dispensing unit malfunction.

    “With the high prices of gasoline, CNG provides a great and green energy. Unfortunately, the major malfunction forced us to close the natural gas station,” said Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez. “I am working with our utilities director, George DuFour, to figure out a plan of action.”

    The CNG station was installed in 1994; however, the parts for the station were made in 1992. The estimated cost to repair the station is $30,000.

  • Our take on the amendments

    Here are the Las Vegas Optic’s positions on the five state constitutional amendments that are coming before New Mexico voters in the general election:

  • HU, hospital expect belt-tightening

    Officials from the state hospital and Highlands University are expecting state budget cuts to take a toll on their institutions, but they haven’t been handed any specific mandates yet.

    Last week, Gov. Bill Richardson ordered cutbacks in state spending to help offset a projected budget shortfall of more than $200 million. He attributes this problem to the nation’s financial crisis.

    Such reductions could have a big impact on Las Vegas, whose economy is dominated by the state government.

  • Giving young writers 'the green light'

    Kate Alderete, children’s librarian for the Carnegie Public Library in Las Vegas is passionate about writing and youth.

    That’s why she created the “Green Light to Write Project,” a program of the Carnegie Library which gives students hands-on experience and professional training in writing in a variety of genres.

    “I grew up here, and I write,” Alderete said. “I’ve been writing all my life. I wanted to do something kind of academic, but in a different setting, for kids interested in creative writing.”

  • Woman is driving force at kitchen

    Some years ago, Carol Durham and her husband, Grover Durham, wanted to find a small community where they could spend time volunteering.

    Enter Las Vegas.

    Carol Durham taught mathematics at Florida Southern College, a small private school in Lakeland. When she retired, she and her husband looked for a small community where they could make a difference. So seven years ago, the Durhams packed up their belongings and moved to their new home in Las Vegas.

    Durham has always been active and says part of the joy of living is staying busy helping others.

  • Read me a story!

    Willa, age 3, runs up to her mom with a library book in hand.“Read me a story,” she begs. Maria Seefz, Willa’s mom, is delighted to read to her daughter.Seefz is an elementary education teacher and is passionate about the value of reading out loud and talking about story books with Willa.

    Seefz only hopes she will find the same strong support for reading in Alamosa, Colo., that they have found at the Carnegie Public Library’s children’s program. The Carnegie program has meant a lot to them both. But they are leaving for Colorado in two weeks.

  • The things we fear

    Fear can be many different things to people, not just the bogeyman in the closet.

    Fear for some people is the doll sitting on the shelf, the darkness of the closet or the unknown.

    I was watching this movie where the girl goes to a psychiatric center because she is terrified of the bogeyman. One of the guys there ends up being her really good friend, and he is terrified of the dark. The light in her closet goes out, and he just stands there and won't even help her change it because he is so afraid of what might be in there and what he can't see.

  • Student's parents sue City Schools

    The parents of a local boy suspended in connection with alleged hazing at a football camp are suing the East school district, alleging it failed to give their son due process.

    Ella Arellano and Paul Armijo, represented by Santa Fe attorney Stephen Aarons, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court earlier this month, claiming that the Las Vegas City Schools violated their son’s civil rights.

    In September, the district placed five Robertson High School football players on one-year suspensions and expelled a sixth one.

  • Laughing at death, celebrating life

    Casa de Cultura director Miguel Angel sees the Day of the Dead as a celebration of life. “It is a way to poke fun at death,” Angel said.

    “Since we are all going in that direction, why not laugh at death while we are alive? The flowers and the sugar skulls, the pan dulce, all are reminders that life is sweet.”

    Central features of the day of the dead, or dia de los muertos, are the “ofrendas,” which are altars or memorials to the deceased, and “calaveras,” various representations of skulls and skeletons.

  • District strikes rule on jackets

    On a recent day, it was cold, but the Las Vegas City Schools hadn’t lit its boilers yet for the season.

    Nonetheless, some teachers insisted that students stick to the dress code, meaning no jackets worn inside schools.

    That’s a policy the district eliminated this week.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero told school board members the district was not prepared for the cold weather that hit the city last week.