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Today's News

  • Letter: We need to explore proposed tax hike

    It seems wrong to me that property taxes are, without a vote, to be increased by 30 percent. Is that an arbitrary decision? Is it to pay for the $3 million overcharge to NMHU by the city? and county? I don’t even have a trash container, which I requested from the city seven years ago. Doesn’t matter. This sudden announcement by Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is certainly unwelcome, and his duh, duh answers lead us to further questions.

    Let us explore what exactly is being done with our tax dollars.

    Kirk Bonds

    Las Vegas

  • Letter: Defending Duran, Gurule-Giron

    In defense of council member Tonita Gurule-Giron and city employee Theresa Duran, I would like to point out that both women are being placed in an uncomfortable situation when addressing resident complaints, as reported in the Optic.

    Ms. Duran’s position exposes her to catching fire from both sides. I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. I wouldn’t doubt that council member Gurule-Giron may be fielding complaints from two wards on the west side.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A NEW LOOK. The Las Vegas Police Department headquarters, which stands on some choice real estate at the Old Town Plaza, is getting a new and long overdue look. A groundbreaking ceremony took place last week for the building renovation.

    We’re glad to see it. The PD’s new facade promised to complement this beautiful area of town.

  • Roanhaus on leave

    Chad Roanhaus is not expected to be on the sidelines as his New Mexico Highlands football team hosts Western State in Saturday’s homecoming game.

    Roanhaus has requested and been granted leave for health reasons, NMHU athletic director Ed Manzanares told the Optic on Wednesday.  

    Just how long Roanhaus will be away is not certain. A call to Roanhaus’ office went unreturned as of press time.

  • Letter: Praise for stand on low-level flights

    I would like to thank our courageous Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr., Peace Center community advocate Pat Leahan, our city council members and the people of Las Vegas for their input and concern about the Air Force LATN (Low Altitude Tactical Navigation) proposal.

    We now have a comprehensive resolution — No. 10-78 — citing the adverse affects this could have on our community.

    I am confident that San Miguel County and all of the other cities and counties of New Mexico and Colorado will follow in the protest of LATN.

    I am so proud of Las Vegas.

  • Letter: Body shops not in carwash business

    Yes, the city of Las Vegas has recently passed a revised water conservation Ordinance No. 09-18, which applies to all citizens.

    Paint and body shops utilize water to clean the vehicles as part of the process of repair; they are not in the “car wash business.”

    If a city department is unable to satisfactorily answer your questions, please remember that the buck stops at the desk of City Manager Tim Dodge. Tim has always answered my questions. If you have been overcharged, Mr. Dodge will investigate and correct the error.

    Bruce McAllister

  • Local official placed on leave

    A top local official in the state Children, Youth and Families Department has been placed on paid leave, a department spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

    Audra Salas, the county manager for the department’s Protective Services Division, has been on leave for the last couple of weeks, spokeswoman Romaine Serna said.

    Serna said because it’s a personnel matter, she couldn’t provide any more details.

    The Protective Services Division deals with child welfare issues such as abuse and neglect. It also handles the foster kids program.

  • Homecoming turnaround?

    Two teams eager to turn around their fortunes will go head to head 2 p.m. Saturday at Perkins Stadium. The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys are hoping the influx of alumni and homecoming fan support can give them the psychological edge over visiting Western State (Colo.).

    On the flip side, they’ll likely be dealing with the absence of head coach Chad Roanhaus, who has been granted some time off to deal with health issues, according to the school’s athletic director. (See related story.)

  • Letter: Privatization raises questions

    If the city decides to privatize the Solid Waste Department, will the new for-profit company provide, at a minimum, the same services currently provided? Consider the following:

     Will the for-profit company pick up solid waste for official alley clean-ups?

     Will the for-profit company pick up solid waste after each Ward clean-up?

     Will the for-profit company pick up solid waste after citywide clean-ups on Saturdays?

     Will they clean up the streets and parks after parades, fiestas, etc.?

  • West business office criticized

    West Las Vegas school district’s business office is rife with backbiting and gossip, according to a report commissioned by the superintendent.

    In August, Superintendent Ruben Cordova received the report, and soon after, then-Business Manager Dawn Biagianti announced her resignation.

    In an interview last week, Cordova, who started in July, said Biagianti resigned on her own and that he wasn’t aware of the report’s effect on her decision.

    Biagianti, who served about a year, didn’t return a message for comment.