Today's News

  • City may give more money to EDC

    Las Vegas’ main economic development group would get a sizable increase in funding from the city under a proposed agreement.

    The contract with the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation calls for upping the city’s annual donation from $40,000 to $65,000.

    The City Council will consider the agreement at its meeting Wednesday.

  • Candidate forums planned

    The Las Vegas Optic will hold a candidates forum Thursday at Memorial Middle School’s auditorium.

    The Optic will take written audience questions for the candidates.

    From 5:30-6:30 p.m., the County Commission candidates will take center stage. The District 2 candidates are Democrat Marcellino Ortiz and Republican Mary Bridget Maloney. From District 5 are Democrat Nicolas Leger and Republican Fred Romero.

  • Openness appreciated

    The state hospital informed its employees last month that it was taking a $5 million budget hit, urging everyone to conserve resources. Not long after, officials found out that $3 million of the lost budget authority was restored. This year’s budget is $58 million.

    Troy Jones, the hospital’s administrator, is optimistic that his organization will receive much of the remaining $2 million soon.

  • Targeting waste

    Recently, Mayor Tony Marquez challenged the city administration to reduce the number of take-home cars and cell phones by 10 to 20 percent. That’s an acceptable goal.

  • RHS wins, WLV losses situate both in middle of district VB hunt

    After starting the district campaign season 2-0, the Lady Dons volleyball team has dropped a pair of matches over the past three days.

    On the heels of their dropping a heartbreaking match to top-ranked Pojoaque late last week, the Lady Dons fell victim to the Lady Horsemen of St. Michaels on Saturday. Game scores were 25-20, 25-11 and 25-13.

    West is now 6-8 overall and 2-2 in District 2-3A.

    The girls from the west side will travel to the east side of town on Thursday to take on rival Robertson at the Marr Gym.

  • WLV girls seventh in Jag Invite

    Even while not at full strength, the West Las Vegas girls’ cross country team cracked the top half of a packed Jaguar Invitational this past weekend.

    The Lady Dons earned a seventh-place team finish Saturday in Santa Fe, hanging tough with a field that included overall winner Rio Rancho and a number of other big schools.

  • RFK Jr., union leader speak in town

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wowed an audience gathered at Margaret Kennedy Hall on the Highlands campus Friday with stories about his father’s involvement in the fight for civil rights, including the early days when he was deeply involved with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers’ struggle for equality.

    Kennedy also had the crowd laughing at times when he talked about some of his own experiences supporting environmental causes around the world.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: Cowgirls earn a good split

    Highlands’ soccer women (5-8-1) split their two weekend matches, beating Colorado-Colorado Springs 1-0 and then losing 3-1 to regional power Regis.

    Monica Vasquez booted the lone goal 10 minutes and 37 seconds into the match Friday. The senior from Hollister, Calif., was credited with four shots, two on goal. Goalkeeper Shannon Delarosbil and the Cowgirl defense preserved the shutout with Delarosbil making four saves.

  • Official says he's here to stay

    East school board member Ramon “Swoops” Montao wants to set the record straight: He said he has every intention of staying on the board through the end of his term in 2011.

    Montao said many people are under the impression that he has moved out of town. But he said he still maintains a residence in the Las Vegas City Schools district.

    One of Montao’s colleagues wants to discuss his residency at a meeting this week, saying that Montao has “to do the right thing.”

  • Court reduces warrant number

    Municipal Court has made progress in reducing the number of those wanted on outstanding warrants.

    Judge Eddie Trujillo said last week that many people have come into his court since late August when the Optic published the names of those wanted on warrants.

    “It was a big help. I was hoping for more people, but we really cleaned up a lot of files. Some people were deceased, and we had no way of knowing it, so we had death certificates brought in,” he said.