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Today's News

  • Fries: Highlands long aware of problem

    Highlands University maintains that it has been aware of city natural gas overcharges for the last two years.

    The university disputed the argument from the city that no one at Highlands caught the jump in bills, so it was paid until around the beginning of the year.

    “The university was quite aware of the overcharge for the past two years and has been working with the city during that time to address the problem,” Highlands President Jim Fries said in an e-mail last week to the school’s employees.

  • All-Star champs galore!

    Six contested divisions.

    Six finalists from the Meadow City.

    With five Las Vegas Little League teams and one from La Plaza reaching the championship games of this past week’s District 4 championships in Raton, this has been one of the better postseasons yet for the city’s young baseball and softball players.

    LVLL 9-10 and 10-11 softball teams brought home the first titles on Tuesday (see Friday’s Optic), and the league’s 11-12 squad was a runner-up.

  • Letter: City realities, solutions, plans

    Our annual rainfall varies from 13 to 16 inches per year. We are a high desert. Our city only has stored enough water to last for about a month. Droughts have happened here and will happen again. Peterson Dam needs repair. Silt has reduced the storage capacity of both Bradner and Peterson reservoirs. Water conservation must occur for our city to survive.

    We must treat our water as the precious resource that it is. Citizens that use more water should pay higher rates than those who conserve.

  • Adult softball

    The following are upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league.

    Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex.

    Men’s division

    Upcoming games:

    MONday, JuLY 19

    Dream Team vs. Hackers, 6:15 p.m.; Blaze vs. Tecolote, 7:30 p.m.; Buzzards vs. Louisville Chuggers, 8:45 p.m.

    WEDNESday, JuLY 21

    DB’s Milkmen vs. Vegas Boyz, 6:15 p.m.; Hackers vs. Blaze, 7:30 p.m.; Louisville Chuggers vs. The Best, 8:45 p.m.

    Standings:

  • Man arrested after fight over noise

    An Albuquerque man allegedly upset with nearby noise attacked two other men at Storrie Lake State Park, state police said.

    Phillip Medrano, 58, of Albuquerque was charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    State police were already headed to the park around 10:30 p.m. July 3 because of a noise complaint when they got word that a fight had taken place.

  • Walkers complete Fiesta 5K course

    The following are results of the 5-kilometer walk held as part of the annual Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run on July 4. The course runs from the San Miguel County Fairgrounds south on Hot Springs Boulevard to the Old Town Plaza.

    Organizer Joe Whiteman said the walk is one of the more important segments of the overall event because it encourages regular physical activity for people of all ages as part of an overall lifestyle of wellness.

     1. Teresa Aragon, 49, 31:04

     2. Donald Gleason, 56, 33:18

     3. Maria Martinez, 32, 34:19

  • Police: Men throw cans at officer

    Two Las Vegas men are charged with throwing a beer can at a city police officer.

    Arrested were Rudy Valdez, 21, and Roland Romero Jr., 24, on charges of aggravated battery, a fourth-degree felony, and conspiracy, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    Around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Eric Padilla was driving in the 100 block of Independence Avenue when a couple of beer cans were thrown at his squad car — one going through an open passenger window and striking him in the head, Montaño said.  

  • Letter: Co-op members voted wisely

    As a member of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op and a former general manager of the Co-op, I would like to thank the members of the Co-op for their vote recently regarding the bylaw elections. I, along with several co-op members, attend the monthly board meetings and we as a group have a good understanding of the happenings at the Co-op. We will continue to monitor what happens at the co-op and keep the membership informed.

  • Work of Art: Why protest a spelling bee?

    For the third time in my career, I’ve participated in a spelling bee, but no, not as a participant (my eighth-grade classmate, Ermalinda, beat me, and others, out).

    Once, while I was still teaching, Betty Leger and George Fidel invited me to be a pronouncer at West Las Vegas High School. Later, I served as a judge at the Baha’i School in Manuelitas.

  • Editorial: Trash rate hike needed

    It would be easy for us to condemn the city for even considering raising its garbage rates by 43 percent for residents — from $14 to $20 a month per household.   

    We could urge the city to find more efficiencies within the solid waste department and scour the federal and state bureaucracies for every available grant. And we could warn the city that any rate hike would hurt the elderly and others on fixed incomes.

    Indeed, that would all be true. At the same time, we would be avoiding hard truths.