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Today's News

  • Aviation firm plans local shop

    A businessman wants to start an aviation repair station in Las Vegas that would employ 30 people.

    Kurt Encinias, who spent much of his childhood in Bernal, said he is working with the San Miguel County government to sign a lease for a facility to house his business. He said he didn’t want to release details until the agreement was final.

    His business would repair hydraulic and electrical components of aircraft. Companies would send those parts to the local shop.

  • Letter: Let's prevent bomb with good process

    I am writing in response to a recent Optic article about the lop-sided membership of the San Miguel County Oil and Gas Ordinance Task Force. Planning and Zoning supervisor Alex Tafoya was quoted as saying, in relation to the work of the task force, “It’s not like we’re creating a new nuclear bomb.” Mr. Tafoya is correct. We want an ordinance to prevent a bomb, not create one. When I was a teenager, a natural gas pipeline exploded in our community. It was like a bomb was detonated.

  • Letter: Don't blame gifts' recipient

    I would like to respond to the letter written by Kathleen Dudley. The writer, in my opinion, seems to be trying to say that it’s odd that state Rep. Thomas Garcia is being interviewed for the position of (Mora schools) superintendent after he received gifts from the Mora Independent Schools. Has it ever occurred to Ms. Dudley that he is being interviewed for this position based on his education, and qualifications? Apparently not. And as for the gifts, there is a reason they call them gifts. They are just that.

  • Student represented peers on school board

    Molly Salman is off to college after graduating with honors from Robertson High School, but she leaves a definite mark on her alma matter.

    This last school year, Salman was elected by students to sit with the district’s school board as the student representative. The Las Vegas City Schools is one of the few districts where students have a seat on the governing board.

  • Official stresses openness rules

    At a recent meeting, the Las Vegas City Schools board closed its doors to discuss “school matters.”

    That reason was given in addition to the usual justifications for closed meetings such as personnel issues and litigation.

    But the state Open Meetings Act makes no exception for school matters. Indeed, any business that a school board would discuss could conceivably fall under the subject of school matters.

  • City OKs mobile home on property, after initial concerns

    The City Council on Wednesday approved a Pecos Street resident’s request to put a mobile home for his parents next to his house.

    The resident, Gabriel Romero, requested that his property at 1309 Pecos St. be rezoned from multi-family residential to mixed residential. Such a move would allow the mobile home. In an April letter, he told the city his parents are getting up in age.

    “I have to come from my house often to check up on them,” he wrote.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP to ... THE PROCESS MOVING FORWARD. It certainly was an busy primary election season, with plenty of local and state races. Most of them were decided with pluralities rather than majorities — an unfortunate result of the lack of runoffs. Plus, turnout was low. So there are reasons to be discouraged with this election cycle.

    That said, those who did vote made the process work, while those who didn’t — the ones who are part of the problem rather than the solution — have no room to complain (though we’re certain they will anyway).

  • Another Perspective: Online comments

    Over the last several months I have established a new online habit.

    As a voracious news consumer I will scan several online news sources; The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate), KTVU.com, the Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times and others. And of course thanks to the online edition of the The Las Vegas Optic, I can call up the latest happenings of my hometown.

  • Zoning request cause for concern

    Pecos Street resident Gabriel Romero is asking the city to allow him to put a mobile home for his parents next to his house.

    But the city attorney warns that this would be "spot zoning."

    In an April letter to the city, Romero said his parents are getting to the age where they need a lot more help.

    "I have to come from my house often to check up on them," he wrote.

    As such, Romero requested that his property at 1309 Pecos St. be rezoned from multi-family residential to mixed residential. Such a move would allow the mobile home.

  • Mora Little League under way

    Mora Little League opening ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 18, at the Little League Field in Holman.

    The color guard made up of men  from the VFW presented the colors and the national anthem was played   followed by a blessing buy Father John Mc Hugh.

    Members of the Mora baseball team lined up and Ricky Padilla threw the opening pitch.