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Today's News

  • Rules on legal opinions debated

    The Las Vegas city attorney says that only a City Council majority or the city manager can request a legal opinion from the city attorney.  

    But the provision in the city Governing Body Rules of Procedure, which City Attorney Carlos Quiñones cited, never mentions that the city manager can request an opinion.

    Indeed, it refers only to supplemental opinions, which would come from a law firm other than the city attorney. It says nothing about legal opinions requested of the city attorney himself.

  • As It Is: Demonizing differences

    During the recent forum on whether to unite the two local school districts, one woman claimed that those who took the opposite opinion from her didn’t have the best interests of the children at heart.

    Can’t folks disagree on district consolidation without accusing the other side of having the worst of intentions? Do we have to demonize differences of opinion?

    In this instance, I’m sure most of the people on both sides of the issue really believe that they are putting the children’s interests first.

  • Lovington strong in 44-0 win

    In the NFL, the so-called Wildcat offense has really taken off, using the simple principle that opposing defenses should never be too sure which player will get the snap from center.

    In Friday night’s Robertson-Lovington game, the Wildcat offense worked no matter who was taking snaps from center.

    Lovington (1-1) had three quarterbacks rotate into the contest, all successfully, and two of them — juniors Jacob Jameson and Kyler Gilbreath — orchestrated what may be the state’s best gridiron attack in a 44-0 defeat of host Robertson (0-2).

  • Washburn heartburn for Cowboys

    Both the Cowboys and Ichabods demonstrated offensive balance on Friday night in Topeka, Kans. The home team just had a lot more firepower in an 82- 21 romp.

    Washburn improved to 2-0 and sent New Mexico Highlands to 0-2 in a dominant performance that churned out 534 yards of offense, including 284 on the ground and 250 through the air.

    That overshadowed an improved effort from Chad Roanhaus’ Cowboys, who piled up 141 yards passing and 128 rushing, including a 103-yard game by Robert Grant.

  • 16 wells reported dry near town

    Jack and Betty Thompson of Ojitos Frios have been without well water for more than two weeks. These days, they are relying on rainwater.

    And they aren’t alone. The latest count is 16 households without well water.

    Now residents are looking at options to have water trucked in. And a county commissioner is looking at ways to help.

  • Scrap metal an issue in Mora

    Mora County resident Joseph Weathers is in the business of making money off scrap metal. As such, he said he wants a fair shot at getting such material at the county’s transfer station.

    He said he and others have been able to get old refrigerators, appliances and other items at the station and take them to other places such as Colorado and make money from the scrap metal.

  • Student fiesta held at Plaza Park

    All day Thursday the skies over Las Vegas were moody, with a threatening rumble here and there. Organizers for the 2009 “Student Fiesta” at Plaza Park said they were crossing their fingers, and hoping the expected downpour would wait until after the big gathering.

  • Letter: Aragon should be chief judge

    The election of Matt Sandoval as chief judge of the Fourth Judicial District is not only disturbing, but I believe it sends a toxic and unfair message to young girls and women. It is a distressing message ripe with gender bias and sexist overtones.

  • E-mails reveal a frustrated Feldman

    The beginning of the year was a turbulent time in city government: The city manager had just resigned without notice, most of the directors were new, and a political realignment was just about to happen.

    Last week, the Optic received more than 100 pages of e-mails involving a quorum of the City Council. For months, the city had refused to turn over these messages, but finally did after the recommendation of the state attorney general.

  • Letter: Treated with courtesy, respect

    Recently I took my son to the Leroy Garcia Health Center for his pre-school immunizations. From the time we entered the door of the building we were treated with respect and courtesy by a competent, friendly staff. The receptionist was efficient and put myself and my son at ease immediately. We waited a short time for a nurse to take us to the back. She was very pleasant and interacted well with my son. He had been very apprehensive about getting shots, but by the time she was done visiting with him he was calming down.