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Today's News

  • Beasties rebound

    It didn’t take long for the Robertson girls’ soccer team (11-7) to recover from this past Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Taos. The self-dubbed Beastie Girls stunned fifth-ranked Portales 3-2 in overtime on Thursday, then blanked Pojoaque 5-0 on Saturday.


    On Thursday, Mikayla Maes nailed the game-winning goal off a pass from Tori Gallegos.


    Portales struck first, a Jenna Sievers goal in the 10th minute. Belen Romero tied it on a steal-and-score a couple minutes later.

  • Noticias-Oct. 18, 2010

    Submit your calendar items and notices to dgiuliani@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • The Tri-County Farmers Market at Sixth Street and University Avenue will be open until Saturday, Oct. 30. The market is open from 7 a.m. to sellout every Wednesday and Saturday.
    • Volunteers are needed for Girl Scouts to start troops and help girls become more confident and build character. For more information, call Loretta Armijo at (505) 983-6339, ext.12, or e-mail larmijo@gs-nmtrails.org.

  • Que Pasa-Oct. 18, 2010

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    • Woodmen of the World Lodge 2 is inviting the public to find out what the group has to offer. The lodge is holding a meeting for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, downstairs at Charlie’s Spic and Span. People may enter through the back of the building. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 425-3189.

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  • Mora sheriff is double-dipping

    Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova is another example of what’s so wrong with government. A few weeks ago, he took a job as a sheriff’s deputy in Valencia County.


    By his own undersheriff’s account, Cordova is now working only 16 to 24 hours a week as sheriff. But, of course, Cordova, whose Mora salary is more than $40,000 a year, is collecting his full paycheck.


    Cordova is probably not happy with the fact that he lost the Democratic primary in June. Could he now be taking it out on the taxpayers of Mora County?

  • Not such a big tax cut

    In last week’s column, I reported that I enjoyed a sizable drop in my property taxes for my New Mexico Avenue house.


    And that’s true. But I wrote that this meant all west-side residents would get the same decrease. They won’t.


    As it turns out, most will enjoy a drop of 7.1 percent.


    I got a bigger tax cut because I sought the head-of-household exemption earlier this year, which cuts the home’s taxable value by $2,000.

  • Residents call for heads to roll at East

    The Las Vegas City Schools board and superintendent got an earful of public outrage with a small dose of understanding during a meeting packed with eastside property owners affected by a 30 percent tax hike this year.

    From the start, the audience was agitated that public comment was at the end of the agenda. (It is normally at the beginning.) After audience members were heard complaining, board members voted to move public comment to its normal position.

  • Official alleges resident threatened him

    Las Vegas City Schools board President Ramon “Swoops” Montaño said he called police after he was threatened by resident Frank Casey during a recess at last week’s board meeting.


    Casey, a Las Vegas resident, denied the allegations.


    A large crowd who had gathered to express their feelings on a tax increase began to file out of the board’s chambers after a public input session when Casey allegedly approached Montaño using a string of expletives.

  • Suspect rejects plea offer

    Richard Baca, the man accused in an alleged road-rage incident last year, has rejected a plea agreement, a prosecutor said last week.

    Baca, 21, a soldier who had served in Iraq, faces charges of voluntary man-slaughter and shooting from a motor vehicle in connection with the death of Benito Lemos, 22, a postal carrier.

    Prosecutor Tom Clayton told District Judge Eugenio Mathis on Thursday that his office had offered the agreement to Baca and that the defendant rejected it. He said the matter would be headed to trial.

  • State hopefuls don’t rule out tax hike

    Both candidates for District 70 state representative say they would do what they could to avoid tax hikes to wipe out a budget deficit next year.

    But neither ruled out supporting such a possibility.
     
    Incumbent Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, and Republican challenger Mel Root answered questions during a forum Thursday night at Memorial Middle School. They face off Nov. 2.

    Vigil, a bus contractor, said he understands what tax increases mean to families and businesses.

  • Sheriff candidates: We’ll work full time

    The two candidates for San Miguel County sheriff said they would work full time if elected in November.


    They were responding to a question during a candidates forum on Thursday about Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova.


    Cordova recently started working as a sheriff’s deputy in Valencia County. He reportedly cut his hours as Mora County sheriff but still collects a full paycheck. He makes $40,712 a year as sheriff.