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Today's News

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... RIGHTLY SUSPICIOUS. Is it too much to ask that our politicians be straight with us? San Miguel County Commissioner-elect Arthur Padilla is the latest politician struggling with the question about where he lives. He swore in a required affidavit that he lives at 711 Legion Drive. That’s where he’s registered to vote. But his son, who lives at that house, says his dad lives in Rociada. Padilla himself contends he lives at both places.

  • Another Perspective: Traffic citations matter

    Las Vegas, we have a problem. No one wants to talk about this huge white elephant in the room but everyone knows the problem.

    The problem is the blatant violation of traffic laws throughout town. We have speeding, illegal cell phone use, running stop signs and the list continues. Traffic laws are in place for public safety reasons and when we have a minority that ignores traffic laws it jeopardizes everyone’s safety.

  • Locals deliver in North victory

    As far as Dean Gallegos is concerned, one of the defining moments of the North-South baseball weekend came away from the field.

    One of the invitees to compete in the just-for-fun skills challenge on the eve of the series, West Las Vegas’ Michael Armijo volunteered to give that spot up in order to focus on the actual series.

  • City police not using Tasers
  • Nearby blaze partly contained

    The Tecolote fire was 10 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, officials said.

    The blaze, which started Friday night, has burned 700 acres. But the fire hasn’t struck any buildings, and no evacuations have been ordered.

    “No structures are immediately threatened. We’ve had people talk to homeowners,” said Denise Ottaviano, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman.

    The fire is on Bear Mountain, about 2.5 miles south of Gallinas Canyon. The blaze is raging on rugged terrain in the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • Governor visits Vegas

    Gov. Bill Richardson flew into town Monday to announce a $150,000 infusion of cash into Luna Community College’s film program.

    “We have one of the most successful movie programs in our history these last eight years. That’s because we have offered the movie companies incentives, free state land, loans, and as a result, we have had billions of dollars in direct and indirect benefits for the state,” Richardson said.

  • Work of Art: A myriad of meanings

    Several times I’ve alluded to the phenomenon of meeting a word that suddenly everybody’s using. I then do research on the word or phrase and often discover that it’s been around since my seventh birthday, or the Punic Wars — which-ever came first.

  • Some cars damaged by hail

    Las Vegas has had a couple of hailstorms in recent weeks.

    While it appears that most cars haven’t sustained any damage as a result, some have, according to insurance companies.

    Representatives of Progressive and GEICO insurance companies have called the Optic in recent days to say they’re receiving claims for hail damage to cars.

    The hailstorms occurred on May 27 and June 6. A representative of Geico said that most of the claims are coming from Las Vegas’ north side.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    La Plaza games take place at Rodriguez Park off Grant Street; Las Vegas games at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    FRIday, June 11

    Las Vegas minors: Mariners 4, Dodgers 3

    SATURday, June 12

    La Plaza majors: A’s 7, Angels 6 (A’s Jordan Martinez homered to center); Dodgers 10, Cubs 0

  • Editorial: A blight along I-25

    Some Las Vegans might not even be aware of it. Those who enter or leave town via one of the Interstate 25 ramps on the north or south end of town don’t always have the opportunity to take in the view.

    The “view,” courtesy of local junkmeister Tony Ortega, is an unmitigated blight on the community. It besmirches all that a great many people hold dear; it taints the last vestiges of community pride in helping create an attractive community.