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Today's News

  • Letter: Where were our county officials?

    Recently, Las Vegas citizens were treated to a thought-provoking film and forum on some of the realities of oil and gas development, should it come to San Miguel County and Las Vegas. The film, “Split Estate,” and  the panelists — including our Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. — were all excellent and enlightening.

  • Las Vegans may recognize scenes from movies Sunday at drive-in

    The idea of Cold War-era enemies invading middle America via a paratrooper landing may seem a bit dated in these post-9-11 days, but in the mid-1980s, as tensions between the U.S. and former Soviet Union reached an apex, it was a pretty scary concept.

    That invasion was the idea that kicked off “Red Dawn,” the 1984 film that borrowed Las Vegas for the fictional setting of Calumet, Colo.

  • Bears seen in Vegas

    At least two bears were reportedly seen in Las Vegas on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Residents on Lee Drive, which is on the north side, called the police early Thursday morning about a bear in their neighborhood.

    Belinda Sandoval said her husband, Leonard, a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service, saw a bear in their front lawn around 6:30 a.m. He was going into his car to go to work and called his wife to tell her about it. She called the police.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Getting companies to locate here has broad-reaching benefits — whether it happens inside or outside city limits or on the east or west side of town.

    A few years ago, then-Councilman Michael Gallegos told the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation that he’d like to see it recruit more companies to the west side. That would be nice, but no matter where a new company is in our area, it’ll help both sides of town.

  • Michael Gallegos gets two years

    SANTA FE -- Michael Gallegos, 18, was led out of a courtroom in handcuffs after a judge sentenced him to two years in a youth jail.

    Gallegos, the son of former Las Vegas City Councilman Michael Gallegos  Sr., was sentenced after pleading guilty in May to six charges in an August 2008 assaults case involving the sexual attacks of underclassmen team members on Robertson High School’s football team. It happened during a team camp in the Gallinas Canyon.

  • Letter: Keep HU facilities open to nonprofits

    I greatly respect Highlands University Regent Jesus Lopez, and I certainly understand his concerns about renting Highlands’ buildings to private parties. Liability and insurance costs are something that we all must consider when dealing with others inside the buildings of our businesses or organizations. And I think Mr. Lopez is right that Highlands should reconsider its policies about renting spaces to politicians and for private parties, especially those where alcohol may be consumed.  

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The Las Vegas Little League’s 10-11-year-old boys All-Star team and parents would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for contributing to our fundraiser for our travel expenses to enable us to compete in the District 4 baseball tournament in Raton.

  • Former Lady Dons to play at LCC

    From Luna Community College and Las Vegas Optic

    Amber Lucero and Kris Padilla, who helped lead West Las Vegas’ softball team to the Class 3A state semifinals this past spring, will be staying in their hometown to play at the college level.

    Luna Community College has announced the signings of Lucero and Padilla, as well as Mora standout Devin Martinez, to the Rough Rider softball team for this coming school year.

    Padilla played catcher and Lucero pitcher for the Lady Dons under Lucas Griego. Martinez was an all-state pitcher in Class 2A for Josh Garcia.

  • Mora pitcher joins Riders

    Devin Martinez was planning on going to Luna Community College this fall anyway.

    The recent Mora High graduate and daughter of Peter and Wanda Martinez isn’t sure yet what she wants to major in, but she wants to enroll in core classes and take a step toward a career. So it has been a summer of waiting for the jump to college academics.

    Then came a phone call from her high school coach, Josh Garcia.

  • Dulcey Amargo: Resolutions in August

    Well, I figure that if the commercial market can have Christmas in July, I could follow suit with New Year’s Resolutions in August.

    It’s quite apropos, you know, as the latest monsoon weather has had me quite sequestered in my hermitage. It gave me time to think about changes I want to make in my activity or lack of it.