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Today's News

  • City OKs ambulance deal, admits it hasn't tracked performance

    The Las Vegas City Council has approved a new three-year contract with a private ambulance provider. But officials admitted that they hadn’t been closely tracking the company’s performance over the last couple of years.

    Albuquerque-based Superior Ambulance has been providing emergency medical services to both the city and the county since 2008. That was after the city and the county ended their relationships with Santa Fe-based Rocky Mountain EMS because of concerns with that company’s performance.

  • Preseason: Officially here

    Disregard the calendar if you're a high school or college athlete.

    Summer break is over.

    Locally, New Mexico Highlands University student-athletes already are in town for preseason camps, which began last week. And Monday is the first official day that high school teams are allowed to hold formal practices as per New Mexico Activities Association rules. That means Robertson and West Las Vegas sports teams will be working out in earnest beginning this week.

  • City to pay back Highlands for overcharge

    The city will be paying back Highlands University for an overcharge of $600,000 for natural gas.

    In 2007, the city put in a new meter at Highlands’ Connor Hall, but it incorrectly calculated the building’s gas usage by a factor of 10. The average bill jumped from an average of $3,000 a month to $30,000.

    The Connor gas account was just one of 27 the university has with the city.

    Recently, the City Council voted unanimously to give the university credits on its bills over the next 30 months, which was how long the overcharge lasted.

  • HU looks to name buildings

    Highlands University officials are looking at names for the new dorms and the under-construction student center.

    Leveo Sanchez, chairman of the Highlands University Board of Regents, said that until recently, the school didn’t have a policy for naming buildings.

    “Three or four months ago, this board adopted a policy with important criteria that should be taken into consideration to name a facility,” Sanchez said.

  • RHS court to honor 'Coach D'

    Longtime coach Nick DiDomenico was a fixture on the Las Vegas sports scene throughout the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

    Now he’ll be a fixture for a longer time. Robertson High School is honoring DiDomenico by naming its basketball court after the late coach, who died in 2003. The floor at Mike Marr Gym will soon carry his name.

  • Firm: Rules would kill wind project

    The company that plans a wind farm in the Valley says a proposed three-mile setback from homes would kill the project.

    Mark Jacobson, business development director for Chicago-based Invenergy, told the San Miguel County Commission this week that the three-mile rule would be far more than what other counties with wind farms require.

    His firm proposed the county go with a 1,500-foot setback — or a little more than a quarter of a mile. Many counties have setbacks as short as 750 feet, Jacobson said.

  • Letter: Response to letter about fiestas

    This is in response to the letter to the editor by Lorraine Ortega from of Denver, Colo., on Monday, July 26.

    First of all, l thank you and your 15 or 19 couples that traveled from Denver to enjoy the fiestas of Las Vegas. Your figures don’t jive. Did you miss count? Did you mean 15 or 19 couples?  You and the rest of your dedicated group deserve a great hand.  You all have contributed to the city of Las Vegas adding to the lodgers tax revenue by utilizing the Sunshine Motel. Gracias, gracias! I am in full support of that.  

  • Letter: Optic needs to dig into stories more

    I am a great believer in the press. It helps in keeping government transparent and citizens informed about happenings and things that might pose a danger to everyone. It also allows the public, like me, to submit letters when we see what appears to be unjust situations. The Optic has afforded me this on numerous occasions and I am thankful for that. It is just my opinion and allowed as long as I am factual and hurt no one.

  • Letter: Where were our county officials?

    Recently, Las Vegas citizens were treated to a thought-provoking film and forum on some of the realities of oil and gas development, should it come to San Miguel County and Las Vegas. The film, “Split Estate,” and  the panelists — including our Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. — were all excellent and enlightening.

  • Las Vegans may recognize scenes from movies Sunday at drive-in

    The idea of Cold War-era enemies invading middle America via a paratrooper landing may seem a bit dated in these post-9-11 days, but in the mid-1980s, as tensions between the U.S. and former Soviet Union reached an apex, it was a pretty scary concept.

    That invasion was the idea that kicked off “Red Dawn,” the 1984 film that borrowed Las Vegas for the fictional setting of Calumet, Colo.