.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Lawmaker gets Mora post

    State Rep. Thomas Garcia will be the new superintendent of the Mora school district.

    Garcia beat out two other candidates interviewed during a Mora school board meeting Tuesday night. The board unanimously approved Garcia as the new superintendent, with member George Trujillo making the motion.

    Garcia, whose District 68 includes Mora County, lives in Las Vegas much of the time but lists his official residence as Ocate, which is in Mora County.

  • 9-year-old girl struck by car

    A 9-year-old girl is in serious condition after being hit by a car while riding her bike Tuesday, city police said. The motorist may have been on his cell phone at the time.

    Madison Holley, 1309 First St., whose mother is Pamela Bustos, was taken by helicopter to University of New Mexico hospital in Albuquerque on Tuesday night.

    According to police, Holley was apparently riding across First Street in front of her family’s house when Peter J. Salazar Jr., 33, 2514 Carmean Drive, accidentally struck her. Other children were reportedly in the area.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    La Plaza games take place at Rodriguez Park off Grant Street; Las Vegas games at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    Monday, June 7

    La Plaza majors: Yankees 11, Dodgers 1

    La Plaza minors: Cubs 4, Yanks 3

    Las Vegas softball: Lady Devils 12, Psychlones 2; Lady Devils 16, Psychlones 16

    Las Vegas majors: Rockies 10, Yankees 4; Mets 16, Reds 7

  • Letter: Congratulations to all candidates

    I would like to thank the 104 people in Mora County who still believe in me. Know that even if I lost the election, I will always be there to help in whatever way I can if they ever need me.

    I tell the truth and can back it up in black and white. I also write a lot of informational articles in the paper which some people detest, but there was a lot of negative verbal publicity and defamation of character in this election process, before and after, and I detest that.

  • Letter: Not a matter of if, but one of when

    On the morning of June 6, there was a structure fire that had spread to the forested property in the Rincon Ranch subdivision. One home burned, however, there was not anyone injured.  It was a seasonal vacation home.

     I would like to thank the Guadalupita, Moreno Valley and Mora fire departments for their quick response. Also, I would like the thank the neighboring residents who provided quick response help until the departments arrived.

  • Letter: ACLU shouldn't defend Kilmer

    This is in response to recent news articles published throughout New Mexico in reference to disparaging and racist remarks (allegedly) made by Val Kilmer, actor, who is now scheduled to appear before the San Miguel County Commissioners on June 23. Remarks he made back in 2003 and 2005 with Esquire Magazine and the Rolling Stone Magazine, are now being denied by Mr. Kilmer. Both magazines have stated publicly that despite Kilmer’s denial, they both stand (by) their publications.

  • City follows AG's advice on openness

    What was once secret at City Hall is now public.

    Last year, then-City Attorney Carlos Quiñones told the City Council that one of its members couldn’t be trusted because someone had released e-mails among council members to the public.

    In a confidential memo, Quiñones said an Optic story in March 2009 made clear that someone was releasing the e-mails in violation of the ethics code and his legal advice.

    Last week, however, the new city attorney, Dave Romero, read some of those very same e-mails into the record at a City Council meeting.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP to ... GLAD TO GET THEIR ATTENTION. Last week, just three days after primary election day, both major party nominees for governor and lieutenant governor came to town. Republicans Susana Martinez and John Sanchez and Democrats Diane Denish and Brian Colon visited Las Vegas, meeting with and speaking to their supporters as part of their introductory general election campaigns.

  • Adult softball

    The following are recent scores and upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league. Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex off Grant Street.

    Men’s division

    Monday, June 7

    Buzzards 17, The Best 12; Hackers 25, Tecolote 12; DB’s Milkmen 12, Dream Team 8

    Upcoming games:

    MONday, June 14

    The Best vs. Louisville Chuggers, 6:15 p.m.; Hackers vs. Vegas Boyz, 7:30 p.m.; Dream Team vs. Tecolote, 8:45 p.m.

    WEDNESday, June 16

  • Students argue issues, but still show respect

    Back in the 1930s, a teacher at a small school in the South told his students they could compete with anyone if they learned the proper skills.

    Teacher Melvin Tolson’s students came from historically black Wiley College in the time when Jim Crow laws were common, and lynch mobs were a pervasive fear for black men and women in the United States.

    Eight decades later, a movie staring Denzel Washington was made based on Tolson, his debate team and their efforts to get on an equal footing with whites in a segregated nation.