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Today's News

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... BACK TO SCHOOL. Too many of us assume that kids hate to go back to school each fall, but that’s not altogether true. Many students look forward to a return to the classroom, where they get to see old friends, meet new teachers and take on new and interesting challenges. And the younger they are, the more likely they are glad to be going back.

  • Fiesta Council member quits in protest

    A Fiesta Council member resigned Tuesday, accusing other members of using a “false reason” to close their meeting last week.

    Joselle DeMarco-Chandler, a local teacher, made the accusation in a letter of resignation to President Mathew Martinez.

    At last week’s meeting, Fiesta Council members except DeMarco-Chandler voted to close the meeting to the public. As such, they asked City Councilwoman Diane Moore, former Fiesta queen Carmela Montoya and an Optic reporter to leave.

  • West considers stricter policies

    West Las Vegas High School Principal Gene Parson wants new policies on tattoos, facial piercings and students with many unexcused absences.

    Parson said all sorts of things have been tried over the last couple of years to stop kids from skipping class.

    “We are often questioned about why students are allowed to pass with a huge amount of absences. It’s time we do something about it,” Parson said during a discussion on the student handbook at a recent school board meeting.

  • Editorial: We give up, take it over

    Two weeks ago in this space, we editorialized against the idea of a city takeover of the Las Vegas Fiestas. We took the position that if certain changes were made in how the Fiesta Council does its business, a city takeover would be unnecessary.

    But after last week’s closed Fiesta Council meeting, we’re reversing our position. We’re now convinced that the city must take control of the city’s biggest annual event.

  • Study: Valley residents like things as they are

    Consultants hired by San Miguel County found out that most residents in the Valley want to keep things as they are.

    “They would like to see a continuation of the existing land use,” said Mariana Padilla, a consultant with Parametrix, which has an office in Albuquerque.

    Most of the land is now used for ranching and farming.

    Padilla said the residents like the agricultural character of the Valley and believe that any development should be in the already developed areas.

  • Poll rates Cards 9th

    The Robertson Cardinals will remain a contender, though they won’t be a favorite, in Class 3A football this fall, according to a preseason poll.

    The poll, presented by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association and published online via the New Mexico Overtime Sports Center Web site, ranks Robertson ninth in the classification.

    Lovington, which beat fellow southern New Mexico gridiron power Socorro in the 2009 state championship game this past December, was tabbed as the No. 1 team in Class 3A.

  • Obama lacks what?

    This is a family newspaper, a publication that seeks never to offend its readers. Accordingly, when a public official expressed his contempt, a few years ago, toward the media, our page-one article simply used “a--.” The elected official had authorized the media to pucker up and then osculate a certain nether portion of his anatomy.

     I believe people got the picture, even if we bowdlerized the more graphic word, which, by the way, appears in Christmas carols, including “What Child Is This?”

  • County vacates road amid protests

    The San Miguel County Commission decided last week to abandon a road in the eastern part of the county, but a couple of landowners at the meeting protested the decision.

    County officials said only one person used the 3.5 miles of County Road C-53B slated for abandonment. That road is in Maes, N.M., about 35 miles east of Las Vegas.

    The officials said the county hadn’t maintained the road in years and that it would cost at least $300,000 to bring it up to county standards. A committee of road viewers this summer recommended that the county abandon the road.

  • Mentor of the Month: In search of mentors

    Maggie Romigh is not only a mentor, but a mentor of mentors.

    She has sacrificed financially to work as a community coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico, but said she has been rewarded in countless other ways.

    “When I first came to New Mexico, one of the choices I made was that I was going to do what was important to me, rather than focus on making money,” Romigh said.

  • Leagues crowning champs

    By this time next week, another summer of city league softball will be in the books.

    The City of Las Vegas Recreation Department’s women’s division tournament begins Wednesday evening at Rodriguez Park’s softball complex.

    (The schedule has been tweaked from the one originally posted. More on that in a moment.)