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Today's News

  • Council delays skating pond proposal

    Several City Council members on Wednesday favored a proposal to give city land containing the Montezuma skating pond to the state for the purpose of creating a state park. But they delayed taking action in the matter.

    For months, Las Vegas officials have been considering handing the 50-acre property over to the state because officials said the city doesn’t have the money to improve the pond. As recently as the early 1990s, the pond was a popular attraction during the winter. With a buildup of sediment over the years, the pond is no longer considered a good place to skate.

  • Fifth-graders go on trip to Storrie

    Fifth-graders at Tony Serna Elementary spent the day fishing and having fun at Storrie Lake Wednesday as part of a science project sponsored by the Department of Game and Fish.

    Ti Piper, fishing clinic coordinator with New Mexico Game and Fish, said, “The department gets money from people who boat and fish and spend some of that getting young people fishing. We did geology, biology, mapping and caught fish today.”

    Before taking the field trip, the students learned how to use equipment used by scientists to explore the physical world.

  • Support for candidate at issue

    The selection of the Democratic nominee for northern New Mexico’s congressman should reflect the will of the people, not justBy David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    The selection of the Democratic nominee for northern New Mexico’s congressman should reflect the will of the people, not just the political establishment, says Javier Gonzales, who decided this week against running for the office.

  • NMHU Jazz Choir performs Gershwin and more

    ‘Swonderful to hear a medley of Gershwin show tunes. ‘Smarvelous to hear Nita Lujan sing “My Man’s Gone Now” from Gershwin’s opera, “Porgy and Bess.”

    Other favorites, including Christmas songs, will set toes tapping when the Highlands Department of Music’s Jazz Choir presents “Gershwin and More” on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in Ilfeld Auditorium. Andr Garca-Nuthmann will direct with Elizabeth Bunch at the piano and Mike Campbell on drums.

  • Starstruck

    Not all of us love celebrities, but many of us do. For reasons we can’t explain, it means a lot to us when we see one in person, whether on accident or not. A recent brush with fame has me thinking about this quite a bit. Here’s what happened:

  • Without warning, building destroyed

    Now, there’s even more rubble.

    Without warning, the owner of the property at Lincoln and Grand Avenues took down a building next to the already-collapsed Center Block building on Sunday.

    The west wall of the Center Block collapsed in a rainstorm on Aug. 3, 2006, with then-owner Jerry Williams hiring a contractor to knock down the rest of the building that same night out of fear that the rest would fall down.

  • Bunch farewell bash set for Sunday

    All good things must come to an end, so they say, and so the 17-year association between accompanist Elizabeth Bunch and the New Mexico Highlands University Choirs directed by Andre Garcia-Nuthmann end on Sunday. Elizabeth and her husband, pediatrician Dr. George Bunch, are moving to California to be near children and grandchildren.

  • State police take on seatbelt violators

    The flashing lights on police cars could be seen up and down Seventh Street on Friday night.

    The state police spent several hours stopping drivers for not wearing their seatbelts.

    State police Lt. Craig Martin said up to eight officers were on hand for an operation to crack down on seatbelt violators. He said 60 citations were issued, most but not all of which were for seatbelt violations.

  • Nat Gold Players: A little light music

    What do you get when you have 20 fingers, two hands, 88 keys, and the brains and talent of two concert pianists? You get wonderful music and that’s what you’ll get on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 pm at First United Presbyterian Church, in “A Little Light Music.” “A Little Light Music” is presented by the Nat Gold Players and is a benefit for the NGP lighting system.

  • West choir, band full of all-staters

    The West Las Vegas choir and band, under the direction of Arnell David Arellanes, had more students make All-State this year than in any year in West Las Vegas history.

    They’ll perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    “The number of students making All-State is growing every year,” Arellanes said.