Today's News

  • As It Is: To the mayor's credit

    A few weeks ago, someone asked me if I could name anything good that Mayor Tony Marquez has done.

    Much criticism of the mayor has appeared on our Viewpoints page in recent months, including in this column. That’s because Marquez has been embroiled in a number of controversies.

    But I came up with three things immediately for which I believed the mayor could take credit:

  • Bowl Birds

    With a 43-0 beatdown of crosstown rival West Las Vegas on Saturday at Cardinal Stadium, Robertson’s football team (7-3) cleared its last hurdle before the state playoffs.

    The Dons defense held its own against the Cardinals early on, but the punishing ground game began to wear out the Westsiders. After a scoreless first quarter, RHS got its first points on a 6-yard Dalan Abreu run at the 9:58 mark of the second. That scoring opportunity was set up by a blocked punt and a Robertson recovery at the WLV 7.

  • Weekend Roundup: Pecos' Varela takes state; Kazingo makes cut

    Pecos’ Antonio Varela won an individual state title in the state high school cross country championship meet Saturday in Rio Rancho. And roughly a thousand miles to the northeast, in Wayne, Neb., Highlands’ Nicaise Kazingo punched his ticket to the NCAA Division II nationals.

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    Class 3A girls individual highlights

    1. Kate Norskog, St. Michael’s, 18:05.9

    2. Olivia Mermejo, Santa Fe Indian, 18:57.4

    3. Allycia Gashytewa, Zuni, 18:58.9

  • Editorial: Attorney misses point

    For seven months, the Optic has been trying to give you the side of interim Las Vegas City Attorney Carlos Quiñones. But he has refused to answer our calls or e-mails. Last week, he finally spoke out publicly — on a local radio station.

    Let’s give you some background: This fall, the attorney general determined that the city had violated the Inspection of Public Records Act by not giving to the Optic e-mails between the mayor and City Council members. When the Optic challenged him on this issue months ago, he replied, “you’re full of s---.”

  • UWC student dies after collapsing

    A United World College student last week died after collapsing during a birthday party, the school reported.

    First-year student Fawaz Lukman of Ghana was unable to be revived after he “inexplicably and suddenly” collapsed," said the college's president, Lisa Darling, in a statement.

    The students living in the Denali Dormitory were gathered in the home of their resident tutor — the faculty member who is in charge of their dorm — for a monthly celebration of birthdays with cake and ice cream when Lukman collapsed, Darling said.

  • RHS spikers 2nd in district

    Next stop, Santa Ana Star Center.

    Robertson finished as District 2-3A runner-up in volleyball after falling in straight sets Saturday night at top-ranked Pojoaque, 25-15, 25-20, 25-11. The district tournament final also was a matchup between the top two squads in Class 3A; the Elkettes have won all four meetings this season.

    The Lady Cardinals reached the final by taking down St. Michael’s in four on Friday night, 25-22, 25-15, 21-25, 25-21.

    RHS, a state runner-up for two years’ running, begins the state tourney Thursday in Rio Rancho.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    Nov. 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in our lives to keep our country free. Veterans Day, honors all American Veterans, both living and dead, however, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for dedicated and loyal service to our country.

  • City rejects subdivision proposal

    A local developer is promising a lawsuit after the City Council last week rejected his plans for a subdivision on the west side.

    Phil Warfield proposed to build a four-lot development in the 2300 block of New Mexico Avenue, but the City Council voted 3-2 last week against it after some neighbors said they opposed it.

    Warfield, who has developments around town, said he followed all the laws and criteria required of subdivisions. He said he planned to go above and beyond city standards.

  • Public housing vacancies drop

    The city’s housing authority has drastically reduced the number of vacancies over the last year, an official said last week.

    Robert Pacheco, the authority’s director, said that of the 230 housing units, 18 are being remodeled and two are vacant and ready to go. Nearly a year ago, 120 units were vacant, he said.

    Pacheco, who started last December, said the authority has made the waiting list more efficient, which has resulted in much of the reduction in vacancies.

  • Letter: Why not use our treated water?

    I am a new citizen of Las Vegas. I have now been here for 2-1/2 years. When I was a visitor we stayed at the KOA south of town. We had two neighbors, both seeking a new place to put down their roots. One found a lovely restored 1880s railroad home and the other found a beautiful spot on Sheridan Road, overlooking the valley and the mountains across the way.