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Today's News

  • Ortiz foretells huge tax hike

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz told county commissioners Tuesday that there will be a nearly 30 percent increase in property taxes for east-side homeowners beginning Nov. 1.

    “One issue that you will be hearing about is residents in the Las Vegas City Schools district will be seeing close to a 30 percent increase,” Ortiz said.

    Ortiz said he spoke with East school district financial adviser Al Clemmons of George K. Baum & Co., who explained that an error was made last year related to subsidized spending with general obligation dollars.

  • Another round of 'Boxeo'

    Several of Las Vegas' professional boxers will be showcased when local promoter Carlos Crespin brings his second major pro card to town in November.

    “Boxeo en Las Vegas II” is set for Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Gillie Lopez Gymnasium. Tickets -- $25 bleachers, $50 floor seats -- will go on sale in a couple of weeks, Crespin told the Optic on Wednesday.

  • Senior Profile: Fathers to a community

    The legendary East-West Las Vegas division debate virtually fades in the light of at least one nexus which unites members of the Roman Catholic community on both sides of the Gallinas — and beyond.

    Father George Salazar and Father C. John Brasher, pastors of Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Sorrows parishes, respectively, agree on a key concept, “One town, one family.” And so it is.

  • Letter: Editorial cartoon misrepresentative

    Do you really believe what is portrayed in this cartoon (which ran Sept. 1)? From all that I saw on TV, and read in the various news releases, the crowd that attended the (Glenn) Beck gathering were far from ignorant and they were not uninformed.

    I have a recording of (Martin Luther) King’s speech that I have heard dozens of times and I have always thought he was speaking to all of us. Beck was not “stealing the legacy.” There is much more hate and ill will expressed in this cartoon than appeared at the meeting.

  • Publisher's Note: Bad business

    It's no secret that the nation has been riding out a deep recession for a couple of years now. At the Las Vegas Optic, where I’ve been editor and publisher for nearly six years, we have faced these hard times by making tough decisions.

     Last year, for example, we made the move from carrier delivery of our newspaper to mailed delivery. It saved us money. Getting our product to our customers is a costly endeavor, and we were thrilled to find a more affordable option with the U.S. Postal Service.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    On Aug. 21, John’s Cowboy Kitchen in Mora held its second annual car show and hotrod run.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of Valley Elementary and Middle School, I would like to thank Albertson’s Grocery Store on St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe for allowing my school to be part of their special event, which was held Aug. 7.

    Thanks to Mr. Eddie Morales and Mr. George Cavolos of Premier Distributing Company for all their contributions. I want to thank all of the people who supported our fundraising efforts.

    Becky Gallegos

    Principal

    Valley Elementary and Middle School

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... WALL-TO-WALL EVENTS. Never say there’s nothing to do in Las Vegas, or else we’ll have to pull out the calendar of events and prove you wrong. This weekend, for example, there’s a fishing derby on the Gallinas River, just off Bridge Street, for the benefit of our local Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and a Harvest Festival less than a mile to the east, at Sixth and University.

  • Letter: No war machines flying overhead

    Regarding the Air Force proposal to do low flying training missions over northern New Mexico: I am married to a war veteran.  PTSD is a daily reality in our home.  Any reminders of the traumas of war are very unwelcome.

    The sounds of the war machines set off the hypersensitive adrenal glands, rattle the frayed nerves, unleash the painful memories.

    How many veterans of how many wars seek solace in the quiet spaces of northern New Mexico?

  • Football galore in town

    West Las Vegas' football team finally plays a home game (if you count Perkins Stadium, anyway).

    Robertson renews pleasantries with an old rival.

    And the Highlands Cowboys open league play still searching for a breakthrough.

    It’s all on the schedule for this weekend, as the Meadow City’s three football programs take the field in a trio of home games.