Today's News

  • Michelle Obama pumps up Dems

    Las Vegan Carla O’Neil attended the political rally on Tuesday starring Michelle Obama, wife of the Democratic presidential candidate.

    But O’Neil didn’t see Obama as some distant celebrity. She said Obama connected with the crowd in a way that it seemed as if one were sitting across from the would-be first lady at a kitchen table.

    O’Neil was one of thousands cheering as they greeted Obama as she walked to the podium at Plaza Park, waving and smiling to the crowd under a warm October sun.

  • East reports fewer students

    Enrollment is down in the Las Vegas City Schools, a top official reported last week.

    Last year, the district had 2,090 students, which has dropped to 2,003 this year, Superintendent Rick Romero told the school board.

    Romero reported that the district is down 87 students as compared to this day last year.

  • City: No basis for suit by ex-worker

    The city is urging a state district judge to throw out a lawsuit by a former employee who alleges breach of contract and wrongful retaliatory discharge.

    In a pleading last week, the city’s attorney, Tony Ortiz, asks that the court dismiss the lawsuit because Pearl Maes, a former secretary in the city manager’s office, doesn’t make the case that the city “constructively” discharged her.

    Maes, who worked for the city from 2000 to 2006, filed a lawsuit in June naming the city of Las Vegas as a defendant.

  • Mora volleyball completes 6-0 district slate

    MORA — The Mora Rangerettes finished the regular season with a perfect 6-0 record in District 4-2A.

    Leslie Vigil’s squad defeated Pecos on Oct. 22, 25-18, 25-11, 25-8. Then on Saturday, Mora visited Monte del Sol at Santa Fe’s Genoveva Chavez Community Center and beat the Dragons 25-8, 25-10, 25-6.

  • RHS senior joins school board

    Brandyn Jordan was sworn in last week as the new student representative on the Las Vegas City Schools board by Magistrate Judge Philip Romero.

    Board President Patrick Romero said Jordan would have his work cut out for him because he would represent students from the entire district, not just Robertson High School.

  • HUD official 'torpedoed' Vegas

    ALBUQUERQUE — A top federal housing official has “torpedoed” Las Vegas’ housing authority over the last few years because he believes local politicians are inherently corrupt, one of his former subordinates says.

    Mathew O’Grady, a federal housing revitalization specialist who resigned last week after more than two years, said his boss, Floyd Duran, unfairly placed the local housing authority on troubled status out of spite against a former housing director, Lawrence Quintana.

  • Residents can't bring signs to Michelle Obama rally

    Michelle Obama, the wife of the Democratic presidential candidate, will be speaking today at a rally in Las Vegas’ Plaza, and bringing in signs will not be permitted. Pro-Obama signs, however, will be passed out in the Plaza area — after people pass through security.

    A press release from the Obama-Biden campaign announcing Michelle Obama’s visit to Las Vegas’ plaza, slated for this afternoon, stated at the bottom, “No signs or banners permitted.”

  • Sparring on the East board

    Recently, we printed a story in which East school board member Patrick Romero questioned whether his colleague, Ramon “Swoops” Montao, is a resident of the school district. Montao contended he was.

    Not long after, the board met in a work session, and the two sparred over the issue. Unfortunately, the Optic was short people that day, and we couldn’t cover the meeting.

    But their arguments are already pretty well known.

  • Las Vegas historic building to be rehabilitated

    At a time when lending dollars are scarce, the state Historic Preservation Division and the Bank of Las Vegas have closed a loan that will help rehabilitate a historic building and open a new business, officials say.

  • Michelle Obama to visit Las Vegas

    Michelle Obama, wife of the Democratic presidential candidate, is expected to speak in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

    The Obama campaign announced over the weekend that Obama would be leading the “Early Vote for Change” rally, which is set to begin at 11 a.m. at Plaza Park. The public entrance will be at the southwest corner of the Plaza. The event will be free and open to the public. Also, people can RSVP at nm.barackobama.com.