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Today's News

  • Alex Ellis paints the parsonage

    A wood stove belches ash into a shotgun space that once housed the carriage belonging to Nuestra Senora de los Dolores’ Padre Tehane.

    Artist Alex Ellis stokes the fire, a shelf of stacked paintings to his left, exposed layered stone behind him. The paintings almost whisper, almost shimmer, their layers of rich color deposited on old wood, on marcasite panel. The scent of melting beeswax mingles with the rising heat. Ellis stands. His close-cropped beard and simple knit cap echo his spartan surroundings — a man in holy communion with his art.

  • Attacker gets more lenient sentence

    The district attorney’s office had hoped to get the maximum sentence for a man convicted in an ax attack. Instead, he got probation.

    In May, a jury found Richard Bustamante guilty of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was found not guilty of attempted murder.

    But his defense attorney, Joe Romero, requested a new trial, alleging that prosecutors hadn’t provided all of the necessary medical records in the case. Prosecutor Tom Clayton called that assertion “dead wrong.”

  • Students show off their talents

    Music lovers all over the country are complaining that programs at schools are either being slashed or completely abandoned. Studies say not only do band and choir programs lift the spirits of students, they also lift the grade point average in student’s academic pursuits.

    During a recent band and choir presentation at a Las Vegas City Schools board meeting by students from Mike “Mateo” Sena Elementary, band director Wallace “Wally” Sanchez said students from elementary through high school are getting more time to learn about the arts.

  • West attracts most attention

    By Art Trujillo

    Las Vegas Optic

    Charges of corruption, consumer concerns, prison terms and personnel turnover comprised the top news stories for 2007, as selected by the editorial staff of the Las Vegas Optic.

    The top articles, in order:

    1. Bilingual Bash aftermath. Officials chose to forgo more adults-only, invitation-only parties celebrating bilingualism, in light of indictments handed down against West Las Vegas Schools Superintendent Joe Baca, who retired shortly before being indicted in connection with a probe of questionable spending practices at West.

  • Official criticizes city water proposal

    One Las Vegas City Schools board member wants the board to reject the city’s proposal to get the district’s water rights in exchange for treated wastewater.

    City Manager John Avila is asking the districts to enter such agreements for the benefit of the community.

    However, at a recent board meeting, member Phillip Vigil commented about the city’s proposal to work with the schools on water rights belonging to the two districts.

  • Underarm deodorant and total security

    I was looking through a magazine the other day and it caused me to wonder, what would we look like if these advertisers wouldn’t tell us how to look? I didn’t even have to open the magazine and on the cover, the alleged woman of today was smiling at me.

    She wore a low-cut, pink miniskirt. She wore no glasses or braces, she was slim, and had overly white perfect teeth. Come to think of it, when was the last time you saw a cover girl who wore glasses, had braces, or was flat chested?

  • Ex-state worker to run for mayor

    A former state employee is the first to announce for mayor since Mayor Henry Sanchez decided last week he wouldn’t run for another term. More candidates are expected to announce.

    Tonita Gurul-Giron, who ran unsuccessfully for a City Council seat in 2006, said Friday she had the experience and the qualifications to be the city’s next leader. The municipal election is March 4.

    Sanchez, 70, announced last week on a radio program that he wouldn’t run for a fourth two-year term, saying if he won, he may be a “hindrance” to city government.

  • Police want officers at schools

    Las Vegas police say they’re still working on getting the money to put resource officers into the schools.

    The Las Vegas City Schools board received an update recently from Police Chief Gary Gold and Officer Shawn Montoya on a plan that would put resource officers on school grounds.

    “Shawn Montoya, the grant writer for the Las Vegas Police Department, is working very, very hard to try to get this proposal together so that we can have school resource officers at Robertson High School and West Las Vegas,” Gold said.

  • Plunging into the new year

    Last Jan. 1, several dozen Las Vegans braved the brisk morning air. Their cars ground frozen snow beneath unsure wheels, slid along Seventh Street, past Wal-Mart, past the after-holiday sales. Storrie Lake loomed before them. A yellow backhoe rested near the shore, it’s operator satisfied with the job he did hacking up ice three-inches thick. An ambulance driver stood ready, his hands warm inside heavy wool mittens. They both glanced at the crowd of Polar Bear Club members giddy for a chance to welcome the New Year with a burst of hypothermic pain.

  • House burglarized; holiday gifts stolen

    A house on the east side was burglarized, with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise stolen.

    Stephen Hedval, an Albuquerque resident, said his fiance, Janice Kavanaugh, came back to her 920 Jackson St. house Sunday morning and discovered that someone had broken in and stolen all of the Christmas presents that she had planned to give, jewelry, rosaries and a new 40-inch plasma TV.

    “She came home from Mass in the morning and saw her Christmas tree torn down and all the drawers turned upside down.”