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Today's News

  • At 25, woman leads county ag office

    Samantha Ortiz joined 4-H when she was 5. At 25, she now oversees a lot of the organization’s local activities as the San Miguel County 4-H and Agriculture Extension agent.

    Ortiz says she, Mora agent Skip Finley and the fair board all have had their hands full in recent days preparing for the county fair, which begins today and runs through Sunday, but has been in the works since the end of the 2009 event.

    “The work really never ends on the 4-H side, as we guide the kids in the right way, for show-time,” Ortiz said.

  • Letter: Good reporting requires digging

    Was reading the article by David Giuliani “The decline in smoking,” in the Optic on Aug. 2, when half way through, I started smoking.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A LOCAL ATTRACTION. Last week, as part of Las Vegas’ Heritage Week, Fort Union Drive-in showed a free double feature, “Red Dawn” and “Convoy.” Both movies are among many with scenes shot in Las Vegas.

    The Meadow City is lucky to have a drive-in theater; it’s one of only two in New Mexico, the other being in Carlsbad. It contributes to the quality of life of our community, as a fun place to go on summer weekends.

  • Official, ex-queen asked to leave

    The embattled Fiesta Council, which began its meeting more than a half hour late Tuesday, closed its doors to the public.

    As a result, members told City Councilwoman Diane Moore, former Fiesta Queen Carmela Montoya and an Optic reporter to leave.

    On Wednesday, city officials expressed concern about the closed meeting.

    The Fiesta Council is an independent nonprofit group, but depends heavily on city’s help to put on the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas, which is held around the Fourth of July every year.

  • Long drive qualifier Saturday

    ALBUQUERQUE -- The RE/MAX World Long Drive Championships will hold a local qualifier Saturday at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Park Golf Training Facility.

    The event is a district qualifier and entrants earn the opportunity to qualify for the $500,000 RE/MAX World Long Drive Challenge in November in Mesquite, Nev.

    The event starts 10 a.m.  No pre-registration is required of entrants and there is no limit on the number of long-drive attempts by any entrant.

  • Hackers, Milkmen lead pack

    The Hackers and DB’s Milkmen took a step closer to the city league men’s softball championship on Tuesday by beating a pair of rivals.

    The Hackers, ranked No. 1 in the men’s division with a 13-1 regular season record, bludgeoned the Louisville Chuggers 22-0 on Monday, then extinguished the Blaze 20-5 on Tuesday, avenging their lone defeat.

    Meanwhile, the Milkmen woke up the Dream Team 17-7 on Monday, then toppled Tecolote 19-7 the next night.

  • City to clean up junkyard

    The city is poised to clear the large junkyard along Interstate 25.

    City Attorney Dave Romero said this week that the city could begin the project in two to three weeks. That’s contingent on the federal government giving the the city the clearance to access the junkyard from the U.S. interstate, which the city expects to happen.

    The estimated price tag is $200,000.

    About three years ago, the city made headway in convincing frequent code violator Tony Ortega to get rid of the junk on his properties on Railroad Avenue.

  • Letter: Thoughts on local money, events

    Legislators brag about all the money allocated for Las Vegas, N.M., every legislative session. The highest paid educational and behavioral health positions in our humble little city all take their money right back to Santa Fe, N.M., where they reside.

  • Council member suffers illness

    Councilman David Romero recently suffered a health problem, his family said in a statement this week.

    The family didn’t reveal the nature of the situation, but they said he was in the care of medical experts.

    “The family asks for you to continue to keep him in your thoughts and prayers in this time of recovery and rehabilitation,” the statement said. “We are optimistic for a speedy recovery, and we are confident that the city of Las Vegas will make reasonable accommodations as needed.”

  • Art boosters split in fight with state

    Las Vegas’ Arts and Cultural District is in good standing with the state, despite a dispute between the district’s former chairman and a state official.

    However, the controversy has caused a split among local arts advocates.

    The state has designated six Arts and Cultural districts in New Mexico to promote arts and culture as a way of increasing economic development. Las Vegas got its designation nearly three years ago.

    The local district operates under MainStreet Las Vegas, which focuses on improving the downtown areas, officials said.