Today's News

  • Spreading community art and weatlh

    Abundancia manager Linzy Behr grins as she dons a black knit poncho. The echo of playful dogs reverberates through the newly-renovated second-hand store as artist Alex Ellis joins in the fun, pulling a thick “pleather” jacket from a plastic hanger.

    “This store has a new breath of life,” says Ellis. He sweeps one arm across his body, showcasing the neatly-arranged merchandise. “Linzy’s done an incredible job with this place.”

  • What tennis has in store

    I started off as an 11-year- old at my Uncle Martin’s tennis camp. I had a racket with rainbow colored strings and I entertained myself by picking up all the balls and dropping them right before I got to the basket. To me, it was basically an hour or two to socialize and cause trouble with my younger cousin, Ali.

  • Biodiesel adventurers in Vegas

    Three Japanese travelers stopped in Las Vegas on their way to Santa Fe and beyond last week.

    The three, Satori Murata, Tatsuya Ito and Shusei Yamada, are traveling around the world in a Toyota Landcruiser powered by used vegetable oil and are chronicling their journey on a Website, www.biodieseladventure.com.

    Their journey launched in Japan last December. They have since traveled through Canada and the western United States. The three plan on traveling through Texas and New Orleans before continuing to western Europe, Africa, Eastern Europe and back to Japan.

  • Scenes from the outside

    Soft yellow paint coats the rounded corners of an adobe storefront lining the Las Vegas Plaza, giving sunlight opportunity to cast shadow against a recessed door. Delicate ristras, ochre paint clinging to the rough surface, echo a white sign offering burritos smothered in red or green. Nancy Philo’s painting of JB’s Tortilla Cones’ facade offers a humorous zen koan, a painting of a painting.

    “Las Vegas inspires me to paint,” Philo muses, “the interplay of old and new, the unusual nooks and crannies. I can’t imagine a better subject.”

  • Something for all at Synergyfest

    There are a lot of things which can be done to increase comfort, save money, and help protect the environment, all at the same time. Synergy Fest 2008 will feature a wide range of exhibits and activities revealing how those three aims—and others—are in “synergy.”

    On board this year is a variety of local and state government and educational agencies, many for the first time. There are many resources available to the community that readers may not be aware of. For example:

  • Council members chide Optic

    During the Councilor’s Reports section of a special city council meeting Wednesday several members took the Optic to task on what they say were inaccurate statements by the newspaper.

    Councilman Cruz Roybal said that the Optic reported that he has been critical of Mayor Tony Marquez, but he said that was not the case.

  • Modular project to start soon, church says

    Residents north of Las Vegas have complained since 2006 about a number of modulars that a church placed on its property, a problem a member says will be taken care of soon.

    Seventh-Day Adventist Church member Nancy Kanode said the church would use the remaining nine modulars as part of its new building at its property on Hot Springs Boulevard, across the way from Luna Community College. The church will start laying the foundation in April or May, she said.

    Kanode said the project has been delayed because of the amount of state requirements for construction.

  • Divide (by11) and conquer

    Math anxiety is a term universally understood as the condition in which a student freezes up or manifests other anxiety symptoms such as dizziness, sweaty palms, nausea, headaches or fatigue during consideration or before taking an examination on fractions decimals or algebra.

    Interesting that one doesn’t hear much about grammar anxiety or history anxiety or various other anxieties. Many colleges, including Highlands, routinely offer sessions on coping with math anxiety.

  • Santa Fe Opera sings at UWC

    A Japanese monk lifted an empty teapot, passing an empty cup, ritualistically savoring bitter tea that no longer exists as a chorus of monks sang “though the bowl is empty, the scent glows.”

    Members of the Las Vegas Guild of the Santa Fe Opera leaned forward, let the music, as fine and enlightening as vapor from steaming green tea waft over them during the American premiere of Tan Dun’s opera, Tea, last August in Santa Fe.

  • Once a shy guy

    Before getting involved in politics, Mayor Tony Marquez says he was a shy and private person.

    “I was extremely quiet, the guy who didn’t want to speak before the class, partly because of my speech, but sometimes you’ve just got to roll up your sleeves and get done what needs to be done,” Marquez said.

    Marquez said he recognized as a kid that he was different from others but embraced his differences.

    “People also used to talk about my eyes being blue,” he said with a grin.