Today's News

  • Block responds to state's allegations against him

    Jerome Block Jr., the Democratic for the state Public Regulation Commission, on Thursday presented an invoice from a Las Vegas band for a performance that never happened.

    The Wyld Country invoice on May 31 was addressed to the Committee to Elect Jerome Block Jr., and it listed a charge of $2,500 for a five-hour performance. The document didn’t indicate which day the event occurred.

    San Miguel County Clerk Paul Maez, a Wyld Country band member, said he was surprised when the campaign paid the group in early June. He confirmed the invoice.

  • City leaders question HUD official

    Las Vegas officials are taking a second look at a top federal housing official after one of his former subordinates accused him of trying to “torpedo” the local housing authority.

    The official, Floyd Duran, had planned to speak to the City Council on Wednesday, but he told the city that he had a last-minute scheduling conflict that prevented him from attending. He has said that he can be at next Wednesday’s meeting.

  • 'Brahms in love'

    The Highlands Department of music will present an afternoon ofromantic waltzes and lively gypsy songs when the Madrigal choir performs “Brahms In Love” in Ilfeld Auditorium at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2.

    Directed by Andr Garca-Nuthmann with Linda King at the piano, theall-Brahms program includes vocal works, “Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes,”a portion of “Ein Deutches Requiem” and “Zigeunerlieder.”Inaddition, Linda King will solo in the “Piano Ballade in G. Minor.”

  • Parent firm not selling for now

    Landmark Media Enterprises LLC, parent company of the Las Vegas Optic, announced this week that, because of difficult credit markets, it has largely suspended the process to sell its remaining businesses.

    The process was launched in January and led to the sale in September of The Weather Channel Companies and some smaller sales. Landmark announced earlier this month that its agreement to sell WTVF-TV in Nashville was canceled because the buyer lost its financing.

    Frank Batten Jr., Landmark’s chairman and CEO, cited the economy as the main reason for the decision.

  • A party for peace at the El FIdel

    World Beat music. Social Justice. Halloween. Raging Grannies.

    Raging Grannies?

    What do these things have in common? It could only be the Wagogo halloween fundraiser for the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center.

    Every Halloween for several years, the Albuquerque world beat band Wagogo has come to Las Vegas to raise funds for the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center.

  • Voices of the wild things

    Starlings make an awful racket. They start at dusk when coming home to roost. Unfortunately the elm tree was in my front yard in Illinois was that roost. Under the elm tree on the sidewalk and grass, layers of bird droppings reminded us of the floor of a bat cave.

    But it was bird squawks and cries that finally got us on the phone with our local Department of Agriculture. They hooked us up with Dave, the bird man.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': Villanueva boy in the major leagues

    The Houston Astros announced Wednesday that Villanueva, N.M., native Nathan Lucero has been promoted to the position of head trainer, according to the team’s general manager Ed Wade.

    The 39 year-old has more than paid his dues, having been in the club’s organization for 16 years, and he most recently has served as the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator.

    The Villanueva native first got his itch in sports medicine when an injury he received in high school was treated by former Highlands head trainer Rob Evers.

  • 6 charged with assaults

    Authorities on Wednesday charged six former Robertson High School football players in connection with alleged assaults during a team camp in August.

    The three 17-year-olds and three 16-year-olds have already been barred from attending Robertson. Five of them are on one-year suspensions, while the other is expelled.

    They are accused of sodomizing at least six underclassmen with broomsticks.

  • Official says issue a big waste of time

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ramon “Swoops” Montao told his colleagues last week that discussions about his residency is a “ridiculous” waste of time.

    During a regular board meeting, Montao said he would not step down from his post and intends to serve out the two years on his third term, which ends in 2011.

  • Vatos rugby wraps fall season at 6-2

    “If you do something, do it well,” Coach Dick Greene quotes his favorite President, Abe Lincoln. “This is what I ask of the Vatos.”

    Last Saturday the NMHU Vatos rugby team completed its fall season at 6-2 with a well-deserved 23-12 win over a tough but slower Clovis-Cannon Air Force Base RFC. For his passionate play and field vision, graduate student Ikaika Neizman was voted the “Man of the Match.”