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Today's News

  • Community perspective - Casa de Cultura

    Casa de Cultura is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. Our goal is to create a cultural environment in Northern New Mexico with the main focus on youth development.

    When we realized that cultural erosion was a fact of life, Casa members proposed a strategy to re-establish a culturally centered community versus a consumer center community. This has become the centerpiece of the organization.

  • West planning homecoming

    West Las Vegas is promising a bigger and better homecoming this year.

    West Las Vegas homecoming 2008 will feature a lot of activities that through the years went by the wayside such as singing the school fight song around a towering bonfire and handing out corsages for parents of seniors.

    Thanks to the creativity of the student council, homecoming week will also include many things that will create an atmosphere of spirit for the student body and the community, organizers said.

  • Democrat criticizes opponent

    The embattled Jerome Block, a candidate for the state Public Regulation Commission, has shied away from debating his only opponent in the Nov. 4 election.

    But in the last few days, Block has taken shots at his Green Party rival, Rick Lass, on a new blog on his web site.

    For months, Block’s site was limited to photos of himself in front of various scenes, including a sunset, mountains and solar panels.

  • West heating at issue

    Some students are complaining about what they call a lack of heat at West Las Vegas High School. School officials disagree.

    Monique Martinez, a West senior, was among those who called the Optic on Tuesday about the heating situation.

    “The hallways are really freezing. Our windows had ice on them this morning,” she said. “They don’t want to fix anything.”

    However, West Superintendent Jim Abreu said the heat is up and running in the school.

  • Activism and 40 years

    Activism comes in many forms. Sometimes it comes from someone who is independently wealthy and wants to give something back. Other times, it’s from someone who started at or near the bottom and learned to fight for the rights of the disenfranchised. In Las Vegas last week we saw examples of both, when Robert Kennedy Jr., son of the late attorney general, senator and presidential candidate, visited alongside Arturo Rodriquez, president of the United Farm Workers of America.

  • Group: Block claim false

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    The campaign of Jerome Block, the Democratic candidate for the state Public Regulation Commission, states that the nation’s biggest Hispanic organization has endorsed him.

    However, a top official in the state chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens said that’s not true.

  • Educator focuses on energy

    Las Vegas native Stephanie Gurul-Leyba doesn’t just want to lecture about alternative energy. She seeks to give students hands-on lessons.

    Gurul-Leyba was recently in the national spotlight after being named as one of the nation’s most innovative educators in the 2008 ING Unsung Heroes awards program. That award got her $2,000. She will now compete with other winners for one of the top three prizes — an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.

  • Candidate says he was negligent

    Jerome Block, the Democratic candidate for the state Public Regulation Commission, is changing his story again.

    Last month, Block’s campaign repeatedly stated that local band Wyld Country played at a campaign rally near Romeroville in May.

    One of his supporters, San Miguel County Clerk Paul Maez, the county’s chief election official, belonged to Wyld Country. After originally going along with Block’s story, he told the Optic that Wyld Country didn’t play and that the rally never even happened.

  • Mora spikers beat SF Prep, Pecos

    The Mora Rangerettes are now 2-0 in district and 11-5 overall.

    The Rangerettes beat Santa Fe Prep this past Thursday in Mora, 25-10, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19.

    Then the team defeated host Pecos in three games, 25-17, 25-13, 25-17.

    Mora’s junior varsity also beat both rivals — Santa Fe Prep 25-12, 25-16, and Pecos 26-24, 25-13.

    Mora hosts district foe Monte del Sol tonight before traveling to Santa Fe Prep on Saturday.

  • No one is immune

    Anyone who hasn’t been in a coma for the last few weeks knows the unpleasant truth: Our national economy is headed south in a hurry.

    In our own lives, we have received the information in different forms. For many, it’s been the 401(k) quarterly statements. Others have received memos from their employers.