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Today's News

  • Official: Taxes would have risen anyway

    A top state official says that taxpayers in the Las Vegas City Schools district would have seen a big property tax increase this year in any case, even without an apparent problem in the district’s books.

    A property taxpayer who had a $1,500 tax bill in 2009 will see an increase to nearly $2,000 this year. It’s an increase from $4 for every $1,000 in taxable value to $10.

  • Artists report pepper-spray incident

    Three young men this week reportedly went into an art gallery on the Plaza and deployed pepper spray in the store, police said.

    One of the artists, Diana Whitten, said the attack happened shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday at El Zocalo gallery. She said she and another artist had been in the gallery for about five minutes when the men entered.

    “We evacuated. We couldn’t breathe or see. We called the police, and the officer came 15 minutes later,” Whitten said. “By the time he got here, the pepper spray kind of cleared out a bit.”

  • Police: Repeat DWI offenders charged

    State police arrested two more repeat DWI offenders — part of the agency’s apparent effort to take on drunken driving inside city limits.

    Bernardino Gallegos, 24, 408 Moreno St., was charged with his fifth DWI offense, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Gina Montoya, 48, 2300 N. Gonzales St., faces charges of her fourth DWI offense and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

  • Air Force extends comment period

    CANNON AIR FORCE BASE -- The U.S. Air Force is giving people more time to comment on a proposal that would establish areas in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado for low-altitude training flights.

    The Air Force initially asked that comments be received by Oct. 4. That has been pushed back to Nov. 15 due to tremendous public response, including a letter from members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation.

    The training out of Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico would involve C-130 and CV-22 aircraft flying as low as 200 feet above the ground.

  • Letter: Looks like Vegas has been conned

    I understand hoodlums are back to pitching rocks through plate glass windows of art galleries on Bridge Street. For-profit art galleries are closing at a disappointing rate. The local Arts Council has decided to quit doing the Las Vegas version of the popular Studio Tours that communities around the state look forward to.

  • Las Vegas teen reported missing

    Sixteen-year-old Miranda R. Mondragon of Las Vegas missing, police said.

    Mondragon was last seen Tuesday afternoon.

    Mondragon is described as a 5 feet, 2 inches tall Hispanic female, who weighs 110 pounds.

    Miranda has shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes; she was last seen wearing a white and black hooded pullover and blue jeans. There is suspicion that Mondragon may possibly be in Colorado. Mondragon also has a medical condition that requires medication, police said.  

  • Letter: We need to explore proposed tax hike

    It seems wrong to me that property taxes are, without a vote, to be increased by 30 percent. Is that an arbitrary decision? Is it to pay for the $3 million overcharge to NMHU by the city? and county? I don’t even have a trash container, which I requested from the city seven years ago. Doesn’t matter. This sudden announcement by Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is certainly unwelcome, and his duh, duh answers lead us to further questions.

    Let us explore what exactly is being done with our tax dollars.

    Kirk Bonds

    Las Vegas

  • Letter: Defending Duran, Gurule-Giron

    In defense of council member Tonita Gurule-Giron and city employee Theresa Duran, I would like to point out that both women are being placed in an uncomfortable situation when addressing resident complaints, as reported in the Optic.

    Ms. Duran’s position exposes her to catching fire from both sides. I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. I wouldn’t doubt that council member Gurule-Giron may be fielding complaints from two wards on the west side.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A NEW LOOK. The Las Vegas Police Department headquarters, which stands on some choice real estate at the Old Town Plaza, is getting a new and long overdue look. A groundbreaking ceremony took place last week for the building renovation.

    We’re glad to see it. The PD’s new facade promised to complement this beautiful area of town.

  • Roanhaus on leave

    Chad Roanhaus is not expected to be on the sidelines as his New Mexico Highlands football team hosts Western State in Saturday’s homecoming game.

    Roanhaus has requested and been granted leave for health reasons, NMHU athletic director Ed Manzanares told the Optic on Wednesday.  

    Just how long Roanhaus will be away is not certain. A call to Roanhaus’ office went unreturned as of press time.