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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    We, the West Las Vegas High School Class of 1960, thank the individuals who contributed to make our 50th-year reunion during the July 4 Fiestas such a success.

    We thank the Bank of Las Vegas, which sponsored our reunion float in the parade and donated flag fans to cool off the spectators in the parade route.

    Our thanks to Albert Goke, who provided the float frame and construction. Phil Leger loaned the group his flatbed trailer.

    Thanks to Judy Ramirez who fabricated a quilt with inlaid pictures of Class of 1960 members.

  • Sports Commentary: Coaches facing some hard questions

    What drives one to coach? What motivates one to put up with the low pay, long hours, sleepless nights and so on and so on that they want to stay and do something that once was considered an art form of respect?

  • Editorial: Keep track of service

    The Las Vegas City Council recently gave a new two-year contract to the community’s ambulance provider, Superior Ambulance.

    But the city, by its own admission, hasn’t closely monitored the company’s performance for such details as response times. One of the reasons, Fire Chief Phil Mares said, was that Superior apparently had problems getting data from the city’s police dispatchers.