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Today's News

  • Air Force extends comment period

    CANNON AIR FORCE BASE -- The U.S. Air Force is giving people more time to comment on a proposal that would establish areas in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado for low-altitude training flights.

    The Air Force initially asked that comments be received by Oct. 4. That has been pushed back to Nov. 15 due to tremendous public response, including a letter from members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation.

    The training out of Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico would involve C-130 and CV-22 aircraft flying as low as 200 feet above the ground.

  • Letter: Looks like Vegas has been conned

    I understand hoodlums are back to pitching rocks through plate glass windows of art galleries on Bridge Street. For-profit art galleries are closing at a disappointing rate. The local Arts Council has decided to quit doing the Las Vegas version of the popular Studio Tours that communities around the state look forward to.

  • Las Vegas teen reported missing

    Sixteen-year-old Miranda R. Mondragon of Las Vegas missing, police said.

    Mondragon was last seen Tuesday afternoon.

    Mondragon is described as a 5 feet, 2 inches tall Hispanic female, who weighs 110 pounds.

    Miranda has shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes; she was last seen wearing a white and black hooded pullover and blue jeans. There is suspicion that Mondragon may possibly be in Colorado. Mondragon also has a medical condition that requires medication, police said.  

  • Letter: We need to explore proposed tax hike

    It seems wrong to me that property taxes are, without a vote, to be increased by 30 percent. Is that an arbitrary decision? Is it to pay for the $3 million overcharge to NMHU by the city? and county? I don’t even have a trash container, which I requested from the city seven years ago. Doesn’t matter. This sudden announcement by Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is certainly unwelcome, and his duh, duh answers lead us to further questions.

    Let us explore what exactly is being done with our tax dollars.

    Kirk Bonds

    Las Vegas

  • Letter: Defending Duran, Gurule-Giron

    In defense of council member Tonita Gurule-Giron and city employee Theresa Duran, I would like to point out that both women are being placed in an uncomfortable situation when addressing resident complaints, as reported in the Optic.

    Ms. Duran’s position exposes her to catching fire from both sides. I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. I wouldn’t doubt that council member Gurule-Giron may be fielding complaints from two wards on the west side.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A NEW LOOK. The Las Vegas Police Department headquarters, which stands on some choice real estate at the Old Town Plaza, is getting a new and long overdue look. A groundbreaking ceremony took place last week for the building renovation.

    We’re glad to see it. The PD’s new facade promised to complement this beautiful area of town.

  • Roanhaus on leave

    Chad Roanhaus is not expected to be on the sidelines as his New Mexico Highlands football team hosts Western State in Saturday’s homecoming game.

    Roanhaus has requested and been granted leave for health reasons, NMHU athletic director Ed Manzanares told the Optic on Wednesday.  

    Just how long Roanhaus will be away is not certain. A call to Roanhaus’ office went unreturned as of press time.

  • Letter: Praise for stand on low-level flights

    I would like to thank our courageous Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr., Peace Center community advocate Pat Leahan, our city council members and the people of Las Vegas for their input and concern about the Air Force LATN (Low Altitude Tactical Navigation) proposal.

    We now have a comprehensive resolution — No. 10-78 — citing the adverse affects this could have on our community.

    I am confident that San Miguel County and all of the other cities and counties of New Mexico and Colorado will follow in the protest of LATN.

    I am so proud of Las Vegas.

  • Letter: Body shops not in carwash business

    Yes, the city of Las Vegas has recently passed a revised water conservation Ordinance No. 09-18, which applies to all citizens.

    Paint and body shops utilize water to clean the vehicles as part of the process of repair; they are not in the “car wash business.”

    If a city department is unable to satisfactorily answer your questions, please remember that the buck stops at the desk of City Manager Tim Dodge. Tim has always answered my questions. If you have been overcharged, Mr. Dodge will investigate and correct the error.

    Bruce McAllister

  • Local official placed on leave

    A top local official in the state Children, Youth and Families Department has been placed on paid leave, a department spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

    Audra Salas, the county manager for the department’s Protective Services Division, has been on leave for the last couple of weeks, spokeswoman Romaine Serna said.

    Serna said because it’s a personnel matter, she couldn’t provide any more details.

    The Protective Services Division deals with child welfare issues such as abuse and neglect. It also handles the foster kids program.