Today's News

  • Activism and 40 years

    Activism comes in many forms. Sometimes it comes from someone who is independently wealthy and wants to give something back. Other times, it’s from someone who started at or near the bottom and learned to fight for the rights of the disenfranchised. In Las Vegas last week we saw examples of both, when Robert Kennedy Jr., son of the late attorney general, senator and presidential candidate, visited alongside Arturo Rodriquez, president of the United Farm Workers of America.

  • Group: Block claim false

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    The campaign of Jerome Block, the Democratic candidate for the state Public Regulation Commission, states that the nation’s biggest Hispanic organization has endorsed him.

    However, a top official in the state chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens said that’s not true.

  • Educator focuses on energy

    Las Vegas native Stephanie Gurul-Leyba doesn’t just want to lecture about alternative energy. She seeks to give students hands-on lessons.

    Gurul-Leyba was recently in the national spotlight after being named as one of the nation’s most innovative educators in the 2008 ING Unsung Heroes awards program. That award got her $2,000. She will now compete with other winners for one of the top three prizes — an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.

  • Candidate says he was negligent

    Jerome Block, the Democratic candidate for the state Public Regulation Commission, is changing his story again.

    Last month, Block’s campaign repeatedly stated that local band Wyld Country played at a campaign rally near Romeroville in May.

    One of his supporters, San Miguel County Clerk Paul Maez, the county’s chief election official, belonged to Wyld Country. After originally going along with Block’s story, he told the Optic that Wyld Country didn’t play and that the rally never even happened.

  • Mora spikers beat SF Prep, Pecos

    The Mora Rangerettes are now 2-0 in district and 11-5 overall.

    The Rangerettes beat Santa Fe Prep this past Thursday in Mora, 25-10, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19.

    Then the team defeated host Pecos in three games, 25-17, 25-13, 25-17.

    Mora’s junior varsity also beat both rivals — Santa Fe Prep 25-12, 25-16, and Pecos 26-24, 25-13.

    Mora hosts district foe Monte del Sol tonight before traveling to Santa Fe Prep on Saturday.

  • No one is immune

    Anyone who hasn’t been in a coma for the last few weeks knows the unpleasant truth: Our national economy is headed south in a hurry.

    In our own lives, we have received the information in different forms. For many, it’s been the 401(k) quarterly statements. Others have received memos from their employers.

  • 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.