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Today's News

  • Council raises sales tax

    The Las Vegas City Council has passed a new sales tax that will amount to 25 cents for every $100 in purchases.

    The city expects the tax to bring in hundreds of thousands every year. For the first five months of the year, it is projected to get the city $300,000. It will take effect Jan. 1.

    The City Council voted 3-2 for the tax, with Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and council members Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman in favor and David Romero and Tonita Gurule-Giron against.

  • County delays warden’s pact

    The County Commission recently delayed consideration of a proposed new three-year contract with Patrick Snedeker, the jail warden.

    Under the proposed agreement, he would get $70,875 a year, which is what he has been making, county officials said.

    Commission Chairman David Salazar made the motion to table the contract. The commission unanimously voted to do so.

    No reasons were given for the decision.

    In other County Commission business:

  • Editorial: An unfair process

    From our perspective, it seems as if the recent Fiestas de Las Vegas went smoothly — overall, a positive happening in our community.

    Now, we’re hearing some of the negative. On June 30, Fiesta Council President Mathew Martinez sent certified letters to six of the 18 council members, informing them they were “terminated effectively immediately.” He alleges that they held a secret meeting in May to conspire against and undermine him — a violation of the council’s bylaws.

  • Letter: Did Kilmer plant Optic’s stories?

    In a recent online Optic, there were five articles and of these, three had to do with alleged drunks. Wonder if Kilmer planted these stories? Perhaps the rumor that we have a drinking problem in San Miguel County is correct.

    W.P. Brown

    Sapello

  • South football deals shutout

    Southern New Mexico football is alive and well.

    The South team punctuated  Class 3A North-South week with a 30-0 drubbing of its upstate rival on Saturday night at Perkins Stadium. In doing so, the boys in blue took a 7-3 lead in a series that may be seeing changes in the coming years.

    The North — coached by Santa Fe Indian School’s Ernie Rodriguez and featuring 10 local players from Robertson and West Las Vegas — made several promising forays into enemy territory but lost the ball each time, either via turnovers or downs.

  • As It Is: When will I learn?

    In getting information from the government, asking the right questions is half the ballgame. But when it comes to seeking public records, I have yet to learn a particular lesson.

    In May 2006, a number of people in town told me that the West Las Vegas school district’s bilingual program put on a lavish adults-only party with money that was intended for kids. I heard that it was held at El Rialto restaurant.

    So I turned in a request to the district, specifying that the party was held at El Rialto.

  • Mora Little League wraps season

    On Thursday, July 1, the last games of the Mora Little League for this year brought the regular season to a close. (All-Star district playoffs are ongoing this week in Raton).

    For closing day, fields were decorated in bright red, white and blue banners and balloons for a festive atmosphere.

    The games were played with enthusiasm to a large crowd of cheering parents, grandparents and community friends. The scores were: White Sox 8, Rockies 0; and Dodgers 10, Orioles 7. In the meantime the young tee-ballers played their games with as much enthusiasm and cheers.

  • Letter: Thanks for county responsiveness

    In the past, I’ve written two letters expressing my concern, and that of my neighbors, about the issue of oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County.  The subjects of these letters were the unbalanced weighting of the ordinance task force toward those sympathetic with the oil and gas industry and the equivocal and dodgy responses people got when they asked whether or not the task force meetings would be open to the public for observation.

  • Elkette star delivers for North girls

    The last stand and fond farewell of three Meadow City girls’ basketball standouts — West Las Vegas’ Linda Esquibel and Robertson’s Daniella Montoya and Karlee Bradley — was a sentimental favorite of the home crowd at Friday’s North-South game.

    But with the explosiveness she brought to the Wilson Complex, Dionna Montoya of Pojoaque looked like she was roaring “hello,” not saying “goodbye.”

  • Fiesta members ousted

    The Las Vegas Fiesta Council has ousted six of its members — some of whom have spent many years helping organize the annual event.

    On June 30, Fiesta President Mathew Martinez sent certified letters to the six volunteers, informing them that they were “terminated effective immediately.”

    Most of the six apparently didn’t get the letters until after the Fourth of July weekend, when the fiesta is held. The six make up a third of the council’s membership.