• Nuestra Historia: Businessmen led East Las Vegas until merger

    The idea of merging East and West Las Vegas as one combined municipality did not begin (in contemporary history) until about 1965. Before that year, consolidation did not enter the social or political discourse of the day, as both towns simply trudged along separately — each almost oblivious of the other.

  • Work of Art — They fought the bypass

    It was in the early 1950s when then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower pushed through an act that created our Interstate Highway System.

    With any new construction there are fears — usually economic — that whatever project is being undertaken, things will change. Not convinced? Read out-of-town newspapers that frequently contain articles of this group, or that group opposing the construction of a new Wal-Mart.

  • Another Perspective — Making healthier choices

    By Parisa Mortaji and Sérgio Gonzáles

  • Nuestra Historia: The parachute factory & other LV enterprises

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Not all Las Vegas history has been consumed in political intrigue and power struggles, though politics has often dominated the story and evolution of the twin cities along the Gallinas. The other consistent thread which runs through Las Vegas history is that no other place in New Mexico has tried harder to attract industry and economic development — nor failed more woefully.

  • Work of Art — Sweet mice for sale

    Anyone who tries to learn a new language soon comes across words that are cognates, by definition, words that stem from the same source, as the German “ist” and the English “is.”

  • Another Perspective - Fight for rights will succeed

    "Pro-Life and Pro-Choice are very much alike,” wrote Frank Splendoria in his Another Perspective in the July 8 Optic. It’s odd when the two groups are seen as polar opposites. But then I saw something new: Both groups care deeply about a woman in these circumstances. “Pregnant and Scared?” reads the Zoe Pregnancy Center sign on the corner of 8th and Friedman streets.

  • Another Perspective - Ribera school: The other side

    Although we weren’t asked, here is our story. In 1998 a group of citizens began the mission to resurrect the old Ribera school that was abandoned for many years. They worked with numerous governing entities to secure deeds, cure an encroachment with BLM (five years), become a nonprofit, begin seeking donations and having multiple fundraisers. In 2007, believing that as citizens of the state of New Mexico we were worthy, we requested capital outlay funds to serve these communities in northern New Mexico.

  • Nuestra Historia: Primo Lorenzo ended Romero reign in Old Town

    We now move to the west side as we continue on the rocky road to consolidation, having recounted the relatively stable growth of New Town through the early 20th century, and into the 1930s — at least until mayor Tom Truder’s stormy tenure during that decade.

  • Work of Art — On tipping waiters

    BRANSON, MO. —The only things we ordered at an Irish pub in Branson, Mo., last week were a couple of chicken Philly sandwiches, a Ruben and spaghetti. It began as no big deal. But it grew.

    Let me explain:

  • Another Perspective - A revolution of the spirit

    By Lora Lucero

    A global revolution is stirring. I’m not referring to the Occupy Movement, Tahrir Square in Cairo, Taksim Square in Istanbul, the 350.org climate actions or any of the other engaged and enraged protests. Although each is very important and connected, I’m talking about a revolution of the spirit.