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Today's News

  • State works on Grand Ave. plans

    A downtown organization would like to have as much landscaping as possible on a portion of Grand Avenue targeted for renovation.

    But it looks like the state won’t be putting any vegetation in the median for the Grand project, which is slated to start early next year.

    In March, the City Council decided to keep Grand Avenue at four lanes in the renovated area, which will be from National Avenue to Tilden Street.

  • Kryptonite Update, June 15: Vegas sweeps Laguna Acoma

    The Las Vegas Kryptonite hosted the Laguna Acoma Tigers on Saturday and came earned a sweep of the visitors to push their overall record to 9-4 on the 2009 season.

  • Officials to get pay cuts

    Top West Las Vegas will see cuts in their pay; rank-and-file employees will not.

    West Las Vegas School’s Business Manager Doug Hendrickson said at a recent school board meeting that the district would be working with less money next year. In light of what officials called a significant shortfall, the superintendent, associate superintendent and business manager agreed to pay cuts.  

    Hendrickson said that even with stimulus funding, the district is projecting revenue next fiscal year of $14 million, which is down 8 percent from this year.

  • Cowboys stay alive with win over Regis

     

     

     

    With a decisive 12-3 win, NMHU eliminated Regis from the RMAC baseball tournament on Friday afternoon, keeping its own title hopes alive and setting up a 7 p.m. rematch with Nebraska-Kearney. UNK dealt the Cowboys their first loss of the tourney on Thursday night.

  • COLUMN: Straight to the temple

    School’s out and there’s evidence of kids enjoying the outdoors. I hope the trend lasts and youngsters continue to soak up some rays instead of overdosing on video games.

    At the moment a dozen kids are enjoying a game of baseball in the field just north of our house. I don’t know all of them, only my three grandchildren and their neighbor Soley. It’s a loosely organized game of baseball in which every time the bat makes contact, it’s a homerun.

  • More rules pushed for film projects

    City officials are proposing stricter regulations for film projects in Las Vegas, but they’re stopping short of a moratorium on such productions.

    Under a proposed resolution, the city would require that a certain percentage of businesses or residents sign off on a movie production that would impact regular access to their properties. Officials said the proportion in other communities have ranged from 60 to 90 percent.

  • 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.