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Today's News

  • County adopts wind ordinance

    San Miguel County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a wind energy ordinance governing the development of wind farms in the county despite concerns that such projects would create noise pollution and hurt the quality of life for residents who live near them.

    Among the top criticisms of the ordinance was the half-mile setback, the requirement that wind turbines be at least half a mile away from any occupied house, commercial building, hospital, school or church. A county task force had previously recommended a three-mile setback.

  • Population down for city, county

    Where did they go?

    Las Vegas and San Miguel County have fewer residents than 10 years ago, according to 2010 census figures released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Mora County, Wagon Mound and Pecos also saw a drop in their populations.

    Indeed, many of New Mexico’s rural areas remained stagnant or lost population while the state’s urban areas like Rio Rancho grew  during that period.

    The state  actually grew by more than 240,000 people over the past decade, with more than 2 million people living here.

  • City officials asked to challenge charter

    The murky question of whether the new city charter approved by 56 percent of voters last year is valid may not be headed to court anytime in the near future after all.

    City Attorney Dave Romero told the City Council Tuesday that asking a judge for a declaratory judgement on the charter’s validity could run into a problem — the fact that no one is challenging the charter’s legitimacy so far.

  • Cops need help finding missing kids

    The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating two young children.

    A missing persons report was filed Saturday for Grace Lucero Montoya, who is 5 months old, and Mary Lucero Montoya who is almost 2, said Deputy Sheriff Roy Pacheco. He said the two appear to have been taken by their mother, who does not have custody.

  • Que Pasa - March 18, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Las Vegas Senior Center Improvement Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 18 at 500 Sabino Street. The improvements will include a new flagpole, automatic water closet flush valves and faucets and, with the push of a button, automatic restroom doors. In addition, the existing fenced vehicle area will be covered with a metal roof, adding to ease of operation and overnight vehicle security. The Daily Congregate Meal will be sponsored by the Mayor’s Community Initiative Fund. For more information, call 454-1401.

  • Noticias - March 18, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Justin J. Roper Memorial Scholarship applications are available. The scholarship is open to West Las Vegas seniors. Applications are now available at the West Las Vegas High School counselor’s office. Application deadline is April 29.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! RISING CRISES. If you think Japan is far, far away, ask around — the connections between the Land of the Rising Sun and our own shores is stronger than its ever been. That’s why the triple threat of earthquake, tsunami and radiation exposure hits so close to home for so many Americans.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to this nation. Hopefully the radiation will be contained and the aftershocks will soon subside.

  • Another Perspective: Dispatch from Japan

    I can’t think about the future, I can only concentrate on each second. I don’t know what is going to happen.

    I’m on alert for the next warning of an earthquake, tsunami, and explosion. I’m worried about the situation with the nuclear plants. A lot of people are panicking and stocking up on basic necessities. There are a lot of empty shelves at the stores.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Americanization of the Old Town Plaza

    Resident scholar and historian Marcus C. Gottschalk has done painstaking and meticulous research into the original layout and early development of the Old Town Plaza. In 2001, he first published Pioneer Merchants of the Las Vegas Plaza, a work that includes the development of the Plaza from its settlement through the territorial period.

  • Orgullo del Norte - ‘El Tigre,’ Reies Lopez Tijerina

    “Tijerina was truly the right person, in the right place, at the right time.”
    — Maurilio Vigil, historian

    As a young boy I recall a monument being erected at Apodaca Park in Las Cruces. It was a sculpture representing Native Americans. This event stuck with me because of a comment my father made as we drove by.

    “First they commit genocide on them, and then they build monuments in memory of them,” he said.