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Today's News

  • Mayor says he won't run again

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz says he won’t run for a second term.

    Ortiz, the San Miguel County treasurer and a former city councilman, won a two-year term in March. But he said he never intended to serve more than two years.

    “I want to get the city moving in a positive direction,”  he said.

    Ortiz, 70, said he was hoping that someone younger and more dynamic would run for mayor in 2012.

  • Commentary: McDonald is the stuff of legend

    I believe that it is almost impossible to compare athletes from different eras because of all the variables involved. Yet, after saying this, I offer you the legend of Tommy McDonald.

    He was born on July 16, 1934, on a farm just outside of Roy, N.M.

  • City to consider trash rate hike

    The Las Vegas City Council will be asked to raise trash rates by 43 percent at its meeting today.

    Under the city staff’s proposal, residents’ bills would be increased from $14 a month to $20. Additionally, the rate structure would include automatic 5 percent yearly increases from 2012 to 2015.

    That’s too much at once, Councilman David Romero said this week.

  • Regent objects to use of buildings

    A Highlands University official says the university’s practice of renting out its facilities for private events needs to stop.

    Last week, Regent Jesus Lopez told the finance and administration committee that he chairs that he would like to see an outright ban on the practice.

    “The risks are incredible,” said Lopez, a Las Vegas lawyer.

    The matter of renting out campus space came before the finance committee in the form of an updated policy and price list.

  • Bar defends itself

    Leger's Liquors disputes allegations that repeat DWI offenders were at the local bar beforehand.

    Last week, Starkie Montaño, 60, of Las Vegas was charged with his 12th DWI on Collins Drive, state police said.

    According to a criminal complaint, Montaño told officers that he had had three beers at Leger’s bar, 2404 Seventh St., before the state police stopped him on Collins, which is near Leger’s and Montaño’s home.

    Evelyn Ortega, Leger’s co-owner, said it wasn’t true that Montaño had been at her bar.

  • LV 9-10 girls make a run

    A 7-2 heartbreaker against Mile High All-Stars on Monday night in Los Lunas brought a close to a spirited run by Las Vegas Little League’s 9-10 softball team.

    The outcome left LVLL just a couple victories short of a berth in the state championship game.

    Manager Angela Pino’s team, which earned a trip to state by winning the District 4 title earlier this month in Raton, won two of four games in the state tournament.

    The first of those games — Friday evening’s opener against Deming — may have been the most memorable.

  • Editorial: Ortiz ignores political rule

    Sometimes it seems as if there’s a rule in politics that officeholders must run for re-election — or at least leave the question open until the very end. But if it’s a rule, Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is ignoring it.

    This week, Ortiz, just five months into his two-year term, revealed that he doesn’t plan to run again in 2012.

  • Las Vegas man arrested in stabbing

    A Las Vegas man is accused of stabbing another at an east-side house.

    Larry Saiz, 48, 1208 Pecos St., was arrested in the stabbing of Joseph Herrera, 43, of Las Vegas.

    According to city police, Saiz and Herrera were at Saiz’s house drinking with others Saturday night. Saiz is married to the mother of Herrera’s girlfriend, police said.

    Tensions were building between Herrera and Saiz, who was allegedly making  sexual advances toward Herrera’s girlfriend, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

  • City staff: Return money to HU

    The city of Las Vegas’ staff is recommending that the city return more than $600,000 to Highlands because of overcharges on natural gas bills.

    The City Council will take up the issue at its meeting today.

    In its documentation, the staff doesn’t say how the city would pay back the money. But Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said Monday that it wouldn’t be in a lump-sum payment.

    “The city can’t afford that kind of money,” he said. “We’ll work out something, making a payment arrangement.”

  • Avalanche begin Triple Crown bid

    It’s a familiar refrain — an Avalanche rolling through the heart of the Rockies.

    The Las Vegas Avalanche 14-and-under traveling baseball team is playing in the 2010 Triple Crown World Series this week in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

    Managed by Diego Trujillo, the club posted a fifth-place finish in the USSSA Rio Rancho league and won its AABC Santa Fe league.

    “This will be the fourth consecutive World Series berth for the majority of the kids in our club” Trujillo told the Optic.