Today's News

  • Second in command aims for top job

    The second in command at the Las Vegas City Schools is submitting her name for the superintendent’s position.

    Associate Superintendent Barbara Perea Casey is working behind the scenes for her candidacy to replace Superintendent Pete Campos, who will become president of Luna Community College in July.

    The district is advertising the superintendent’s position and has promised a statewide search.

  • Attorney makes arguments for secrecy

    A majority of the Las Vegas City Schools board says it wants to make public the names of all applicants for the superintendent’s position, but the district’s lawyer is making arguments in favor of secrecy.

    In a letter dated Friday, Ramon Vigil Jr., the attorney for the City Schools, said the board would discuss the matter at its April 10 meeting and then make a decision. His letter was in response to an Optic public records request.

  • Council to look at water proposal

    The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday will learn about a rancher’s proposal to lease his wells to the city, an idea some say could help solve the community’s water supply problem.

    A representative of the Haywood Consulting Group will present the proposal at the council’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

    Andrew Milliken’s ranch southwest of Las Vegas would essentially piggyback on the city’s existing water rights at the nearby Taylor Wells, according to the proposal.

  • Bingaman focuses on energy

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., met with Las Vegas officials and media outlets during his visit Friday. He also made a stop at Robertson High School, where he toured the campus and gave students a chance to ask questions about national and world affairs.

    “I thought I’d take a few minutes and mention a few of the things that are going on in Washington that I think affect your opportunities for the future,” Bingaman said.

  • Obama, race and America

    Last Monday, almost four score ago, Csar Chvez was born. Then, forty years ago this Friday, Martin Luther King Jr. was killed. And in between one man’s birthday and another man’s death, the world was changed for the better.Chvez and King started out as victims of the brutal racism that once helped define America, but they stood up to their oppressors and led their people to higher ground.

  • Las Vegas police investigating break-in at Serf Theatre

    Las Vegas police said they are investigating a burglary of the Serf Theatre on Douglas Street, which took place last week.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said his department has a suspect in the burglary. He said he didn’t want to provide details yet of the incident because it may compromise the investigation.

    The Serf Theatre, owned by Las Vegas resident Edward Maloof, has been unoccupied for much of the last three years.

  • Two win at local pageant

    Stacy Romero and Bianca Matamoros-Koonce were crowned Miss Las Vegas and Miss San Miguel County respectively at Ilfeld Auditorium on Saturday.

    Both Romero and Matamoros-Koonce will compete for the title of Miss New Mexico in June in Alamogordo. Romero was crowned by Candace Gonzales, Miss Las Vegas 2007. Matamoros-Koonce was crowned by Miss San Miguel County 2007 Adrianna Valdez.

  • Loyalty owed

    SANTA FE — If Gov. Bill Richardson had received as much media coverage for his presidential bid as he has for his Obama endorsement, he would have been in the top tier of candidates.It has been fascinating to see how an endorsement that was judged not to mean anything has meant so much to so many people. Bill Richardson has received much more than his predicted one day of publicity for endorsing Barack Obama.Not all that notice has been good, but if any publicity is good publicity, Richardson is doing very well indeed.

  • City garbage service makes changes

    The city is trying to improve its trash pickup service for residents with special needs, an official said last week.

    Special-needs customers don’t have to put their rollout containers on the street; they can keep them next to their houses and trash collectors will pick them up there, as has been the policy for a long time.

    On Jan. 28, the solid waste department distributed a letter to special-needs customers asking them to send current statements from doctors indicating they still need assistance.

  • Elections make a difference

    It’s a wonderful thing about democracy: During an election, voters can elect someone who will more closely represent their concerns. Last month, that’s exactly what happened in the municipal election. Despite widespread concerns about high natural gas rates and cutoff of services to hundreds of residents, former Mayor Henry Sanchez’s response was consistent: We’re doing everything right.