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  • Mora man pleads guilty to striking woman

    A Mora County man has pleaded guilty to striking a woman with a shovel, sending her to the hospital.  Sam Olivas, 76, will get two years of probation in connection with the attack, which happened during a dispute over an acequia in Cleveland, N.M.

  • City looks to increase sales tax

    The Las Vegas City Council took the first step this week toward increasing the local sales tax.

    The city is looking at a one-fourth of 1 percent hike in the gross receipts tax, which is added to most goods and services. The increase would amount to 25 cents for every $100 in purchases.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the tax is part of a long-term plan to shift the tax burden from what many see as excessive fees for the city’s natural gas and other utilities.

  • Oil leases for sale in Mora Co.

    The State Land Office wants to sell oil and gas leases in Mora and Colfax counties.

    According to Land Office documents, the agency aims to sell leases for two dozen parcels in Mora County and 29 in Colfax County on June 15.

    The environmental group, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, said the parcels are within the area of White Peak, where the Land Office has proposed controversial land trades.

  • Water-saving incentive proposed

    The city is considering whether to change its water rates in a way that would encourage greater conservation.  As it stands, the city’s rate structure has no incentive for saving of water for the first 2,000 gallons of water per month. The city charges a flat rate for 2,000 gallons or less.  But city utility officials are asking the council to change that.

  • Commitee commends retiring teachers

    Next chance you have, thank a teacher. They help build lives and give to their students more than most of us realize. Teachers touch not just one child but generations of students, That’s the message that the Community Committee for Better Schools wants to send, along with commendations to the teachers and staff of both Las Vegas school districts who are retiring this year.

  • Man sold drugs from shop, police say

    A local man was arrested Wednesday for using his business and house to sell drugs, authorities said.

    Julian Gallegos, 30, owner of Xtreme Nutrition, 1213 Bridge St., was charged with two counts of trafficking drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The Las Vegas Police Department served a warrant on Gallegos late Wednesday afternoon, blocking traffic on Bridge Street.

  • Official: West workers reject furlough day

    The West Las Vegas school district was planning a voluntary furlough day for today. But it appears as if most employees won’t take advantage of it.

    Late last week, the district was expecting 80 to 90 percent of employees to take the furlough day, Superintendent Jim Abreu said. But after a story in Monday’s Optic about possible raises for two top top officials, the furlough program largely collapsed, he said.

  • RHS suspect pleads guilty

    SANTA FE -- Michael Gallegos, the ringleader behind the sexual assaults on his fellow Robertson High School football players nearly two years ago, admitted to the crimes Monday.

    In Santa Fe’s District Court, Gallegos pleaded guilty to counts of criminal sexual penetration, attempted criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy.

    Gallegos, the son of former City Councilman Michael Gallegos, apologized to his family and his former teammates. He said he understood how hard it’s been on the victims.

  • Police: Chacon man beat up wife

    A Chacon man is accused of beating up his wife after drinking, state police said.

    Roger Romero, 48, was charged with four counts of aggravated battery against a household member and interference with communications.

    According to Magistrate Court documents, Romero kicked his wife out of his home after beating her up on May 13.

  • West board picks schools leader

    The West Las Vegas school board chose a familiar face to take the district’s reins.

    In a unanimous vote, the board on Monday selected the district’s former associate superintendent, Ruben Cordova, as the new superintendent. That was after the board had interviewed candidates behind closed doors earlier that day.

    “It seems like he (Cordova) will fit well. He’s already been here. He doesn’t have to learn the system,” board member Gary Gold said.