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Today's News

  • Las Vegas' annual report costs thousands

    Las Vegas city officials wanted to get the word out about its accomplishments over the last year, and it did so in an annual report released last month.

    The cost to taxpayers: $5,900.

    That’s a cost at least one city councilman and a mayoral candidate are questioning.

    The city mailed out the 16-page, glossy booklet to residents, its production costing $4,652 and postage $1,255.

  • As It Is: Stories that need to be told

    I don’t like writing domestic violence stories. I know that their publication has effects on families.

    But if the allegations are true, then the offender deserves the blame, not anyone else.

    I often look at Optic editions  from decades ago, and you see plenty of crime stories. What’s missing is reports of domestic violence. Does that mean such offenses never occurred back then? Of course not.

    In those days, law enforcement, the media and society in general considered domestic violence a private matter. It was between a man and a woman.

  • Cards stay on a roll

    Robertson’s boys’ basketball team played the role of road warriors this past week, capping a three-city tour Saturday with a 70-55 victory at Ruidoso.

    Coach David Bustos’ bunch improved to 8-2 overall heading into a break before the Stu Clark Tournament.

    Fabian Varela led Robertson with 19 points. Justin Bustos scored 18. And the soccer star duo of R.J. McNellis and Clint Brayfield again shined, adding 16 and 10 points, respectively.

  • Alta Vista bans smoking inside and out

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is going tobacco-free on Jan. 1.  

    After this time, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted — inside or outside — on hospital property and hospital-owned clinics. This initiative will include the elimination of designated areas outside Alta Vista where employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products.  

  • You call it a recession, I call it a collapse

    There are a few vantages from which to view our current economic malaise.

    Some see it as an isolated bump in the road that can be fixed by the gummint doling out largesse to Wall Street and other failed ventures.

    Others, like myself, see  our current economic troubles as the first, spreading crack in an edifice on the verge of collapse.

    Let me tell you why.

  • Letter: Mayor is doing a good job

    I think Mayor Tony Marquez has done a good job for Las Vegas, being that he was new at the job and young when he started. He helped with the development of Grand Avenue and worked on utility rates and with the homeless shelter’s program. He hired a good city manager after reviewing candidates. He works long hours. I watch them on TV. They work until 9 p.m. at times.

    Alfonzo Ortiz thinks he’ll be able to handle that at 69. ... He’s too old already.

  • City gets interim finance director

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved Pamela Marrujo, the customer service manager in the utilities department, as the interim finance director.

    Marrujo was sworn in as her family watched.

    Tana Vega, the deputy finance director, has been serving as the interim director since Abran Romero resigned in September. Vega was hired as deputy director earlier this year; she worked with City Manager Timothy Dodge when he was manager in Santa Rosa.

  • Editorial: Old-school hiring

    Covering government can feel like a perpetual merry go round. And when it comes to the Mora school district, we’re getting awfully dizzy.

    The district has suffered much embarrassment this year. First, the Optic revealed that the schools spent thousands on leather jackets, beef jerky and other refreshments and meals for our area state lawmakers. Then after that, the state auditor revealed that the district improperly diverted tens of thousands in federal and other funds into a discretionary account, which turned out to be a slush fund for top school officials.

  • Letter: Workers rally locally organized

    I was shocked to read in the Optic that Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, told our county commissioners that someone from the Optic planned the pro-workers-rights rally. How absurd!

  • Cowgirls cruise

    On an afternoon where a number of Cowgirls beefed up their statistics at the expense of struggling NAIA school Northern New Mexico College, the most significant stat of all was six.

    As in six wins, NMHU’s total to date, in nine games played.

    Saturday’s 112-44 blowout of the fledgling Eagles gave Highlands a 6-3 record, the best in several years for a program that had fallen on hard times since it last won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West division a decade ago.

    Some other numbers from Saturday: