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Today's News

  • 2 charged with taking from HELP

    Two area residents are accused of taking money from a nonprofit program and one of its clients.  

    Monica Lopez, 37, of Sapello and Antonio Padilla, 33, 711 Legion Drive, were charged this week with taking $3,000 from HELP-New Mexico, a group that helps the disadvantaged and has an office in Las Vegas.

    Lopez is a former caseworker for HELP but reportedly resigned when her supervisor started investigating the missing money. Padilla, son of County Commissioner-elect Arthur Padilla, is a lieutenant at the county’s detention center.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... ONE LESS CHOICE. Travis Regensberg was planning to offer voters another choice for District 70 state representative, but because of some confusion at the secretary of state’s office, his name won’t be on the ballot.

    That’s one less candidate on the Nov. 2 ballot and, unfortunately, one less choice for voters. But on the upside, voters still have a choice, as Democratic incumbent Richard Vigil faces Republican challenger Mel Root for the state House position.

  • Above and Beyond: Group says it has fun while serving

    West Las Vegas Middle School Principal Steve Sandoval said kids in the Builders Club try to build a lot of goodwill in the community by doing good works.

    “Students are actively involved in community service and service to their school,” Sandoval said.

    Sponsor Sandra Coca said serving the community is at the heart of the the Builders Club pledge.

    “To better my school, my community, my nation and myself; to aid those in need while enhancing leadership capabilities; and to encourage the fellowship of all mankind,” the pledge reads.

  • Regensberg not a candidate for area's state representative

    Travis Regensberg filed his candidacy for the District 70 state representative position in June, but the secretary of state declined to certify it.

    He said he collected 168 signatures — a process he said took three hours — for his nominating petition and turned in the petition to the secretary of state’s office on June 2, the day after the Democratic and Republican primaries.

  • Teens say they feel unwelcome

    Alizandra Lopez says she and other teens want respect from police officers and merchants in the Bridge Street and Plaza areas.

    “Sometimes we feel like they don’t want us here,” she said.

    Lopez reflected the feelings of many youths who attended a meeting Tuesday at the Blackbird Gallery on Bridge Street.

    The event was organized by gallery owner David Lovato, who said he wanted teens to know that they were welcome in the area. He brought in pizza for the meeting’s participants.

  • Sheriff investigating release of inmate

    The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department is investigating County Manager Les Montoya’s role in the release of an inmate over the weekend.

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil, who has differed with Montoya on a number of issues, confirmed the inquiry, but he said he wouldn’t release any details until he finished it.

  • District judge maintains joint custody terms, for now

    The attorney for a state police officer under investigation in an altercation with his former girlfriend last week asked a judge on Monday to transfer full custody of the pair’s child to the officer.

    But state District Judge Abigail Aragon decided to keep the joint custody terms in place until a surveillance tape that captured the fight is made available.

  • Cowgirls muzzle Wolves in overtime

    Krista Mashak sliced a shot past Colorado State-Pueblo goalkeeper Jessica Stumpf 27 seconds into overtime Sunday, sneaking New Mexico Highlands to a 4-3 verdict on the road.

    The Cowgirls improved to 5-4-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in their second season under Justin Wagar.

    CSUP scored twice in the first eight minutes and held on to a 2-0 halftime lead. Tamra Nee scored off a deflection five minutes into the match. Then at the 7:24 mark, Katie Thiebaut connected to the upper right corner of the net, beating Amanda Rose Johnson.

  • Residents wonder about colored water

    Some city residents have noticed rusty-colored water with a slight odor in recent weeks. But a city official says it isn’t health-threatening.

    The Optic has received calls from a number of water customers concerned about their water quality.

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman said some of his constituents have called him about the problem. He said anytime that the city works on the pipeline system, that will release some accumulated sediments into the system.

    “It’s a visual thing,” he said.

  • Editorial: Ensure the intent

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz isn’t one to shy away from taking the initiative. Since entering office earlier this year, he’s taken the lead on a number of hot-potato issues, even when he’s had to ruffle a few feathers. Perhaps it’s because he’s not interested in a second term. Or maybe it’s because he doesn’t want politics to get in the way of community progress.