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Today's News

  • All-district teams named for fall

    Fourteen high school football players and seven prep volleyball players from Las Vegas led the list of honorees on the All-District 2-3A teams for fall 2010.

    The list was released to the Optic this past week by West Las Vegas High athletic director Jose “Majic” Medina.

  • Good ideas for Fiestas

    Now that the city is running the show, it is coming up with some good ideas on how to make Fiestas de Las Vegas an even better event.

    Its best one is to develop ways to bring more children to the annual July event. As it stands, the main attraction at Fiestas is the entertainment in the Plaza gazebo. And that should remain the case.

    But as for kids’ activities, there are very few, other than a jumping castle and a few games. City officials are thinking of bringing other things to attract children such as a climbing wall and a mini-carnival.

  • As It Is: Montaño took tough questions

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño left recently as president of the Las Vegas City Schools board. He was never one to shy away from controversy or avoid people’s calls.

    We should know. The school district has had its share of controversies over the years, yet Montaño has always been accessible to our newspaper. He has spoken with us when it would have been a lot easier for him to get into his bunker.

    Patrick Romero is the other member of the board who has been equally accessible. Phillip Vigil has been available to a lesser extent.

  • Que Pasa-Dec. 20, 2010

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • Winter Solstice natural energy and seasonal observance, 6:45 a.m. Eight Treasures, 8 a.m. ceremony and sitting meditation, followed by a potluck, Tuesday, Dec. 21. For directions and more information, call Peter or Jody Stege at 454-0003 or 454-1386. It is sponsored by the Southwest Integral Friends.

  • County delays wind decision

    By David Giuliani and Don Pace
    Las Vegas Optic

    The San Miguel County Commission put off a decision on a proposed law for wind farms Tuesday, after hearing public comment for much of the day.

    It will reconvene Monday.

    More than 100 people showed up in the commission’s chambers for the early-afternoon meeting on the county’s proposed wind ordinance. That was way more than the capacity of 67, so the county moved the meeting to the much larger Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • City seeks to get more kids at Fiestas

    The city of Las Vegas, which is organizing next year’s Fiestas de Las Vegas, wants to involve local merchants and attract more children to the annual event.

    Last month, the city took over the July event from the Fiesta Council, a nonprofit group that endured a number of high-profile controversies over the last few months.

    In recent times, the Fiesta Council hadn’t put out a public call for volunteers. Indeed, its president, Mathew Martinez, terminated six of the group’s 18 members in July, saying they were conspiring against him.

  • State police captain retiring

    The captain in charge of the state police stations in Las Vegas and Raton is retiring.

    Capt. Toby Dolan, who joined the state police in 1989, will officially retire on Dec. 31, but he has been taking vacation and sick leave since the beginning of the month.

    “It’s time for me to do something different and let someone else have the reins,” he said.

    Dolan said he had been “hit and miss” the last year and a half while he has suffered from a shoulder problem and he has cared for his father, Mike Dolan, who died in October.

  • Police: Clerk laughs; suspects get scared

    Two Las Vegas men accused of robbing a local convenience store reportedly got an unusual reaction from the victim.

    The clerk laughed.

    That’s because one of the suspects came in wielding a stick at the Sav-O-Mat, 502 University Ave. After the clerk laughed, Anthony Valdez, age unavailable, 518 Columbia, pulled out a knife, according to police.

    The other suspect, Timothy Solano, 31, 703 Socorro St., who allegedly held a knife, later told police that they then got scared and left the store, police said.

  • Man charged in DWI accident

    A Las Vegas man who allegedly hit another driver from behind was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving earlier this week.

    The victim was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for minor injuries and then was released.

    James D. Gallegos, 22, 4635 El Llano Road, was charged with aggravated DWI, his first such offense.

    The victim was Alex Tafoya, San Miguel County’s planning and zoning supervisor.

  • Above and Beyond: Riding to success

    Michael Ortiz will be in Los Lunas this weekend doing what he loves best — riding bulls.

    “I’m going to try to win. I’ve been practicing every day after school,”  the 10-year-old Legion Park Elementary School student said.

    Ortiz is used to winning; he has a collection of almost a dozen championship buckles that he has won at rodeo events statewide. He said he has also competed in rodeos in Texas and Colorado.