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Today's News

  • Letter: City delayed the Cinder project

    Yes, there was $55,500 appropriated for Cinder Road Drainage Improvements in 2006. The money was to be spent on increasing the size of the culvert crossing on Cinder Road just north of Palo Verde (a city drainage ditch/structure).

    The appropriation went to the city of Las Vegas, appropriation numbers 06-2086 and 05-2306.

    The county on several occasions approached the city to complete the work as it was designed and to be completed. This was done in anticipation of the work the county will be completing on the Cinder Pedestrian and Bicycle Path.

  • Local recalls encounter with Thorpe

    Submitted by Henry Sanchez

    former mayor of Las Vegas

    Dr. Jay Jones and his wife, Lillian, have been in Las Vegas since 1977, retired and made this community their permanent home.

    Jones ran the Northern New Mexico Rehabilitation Center for 12 years until he retired. He is a graduate of Columbia University, majoring in anthropology. Lillian was a professor at Highlands University. Both are in their 80s and still very active in their community.

    Jones wrote and shared a recollection of his own:

  • HU rodeo back in nationals

    Four athletes from New Mexico Highlands University will compete in the College National Finals Rodeo in June, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association has announced.

    The College National Finals Rodeo is scheduled June 13-19 in Casper, Wyo. Representing Highlands University at the finals will be Jesse Estrada, Dixie Richards, Dirk Tavenner and Sarah Zybach.  

  • Letter: Optic goes to back of the class

    Concerning online comments: Do you know the difference between the finest newspaper in the country, the New York Times, and our very own homegrown Las Vegas Optic?

    Both have journalists struggling to report facts accurately; both provide editorial opinions that enlighten their subscribers. And unfortunately, they’re both facing considerable financial hurdles due to America’s changing reading habits.

  • Storrie won't be fenced off

    Storrie Lake will be open for fishing this summer, despite earlier threats to the contrary, officials say.

    Last week, the state announced that it had reached a three-year lease agreement with the Storrie Project Water Users Association for land within Storrie Lake State Park.

    The agreement also settled a lawsuit filed by the association against the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

    The state had balked over entering another agreement paying Storrie $30,000 a year, saying it was the most expensive such arrangement in the parks system.

  • City oil and gas moratorium urged

    Oil and gas drilling just doesn’t occur in rural areas; it happens in cities, too.

    As such, the City Council is considering passing a moratorium on such activity in the city limits. The county already did so a few months ago, so it could have time to draft a more detailed ordinance dealing with energy development.

    Some New Mexico towns, including Carlsbad, Hobbs and Artesia, have oil and gas wells inside city limits. Seven years ago, a rig in Carlsbad had a blowout, causing the evacuation of part of that town.

  • Editorial: Why did they close doors?

    In New Mexico, governing bodies can meet behind closed doors only for a few limited purposes. Chief among them are to discuss personnel matters, pending or threatened litigation, union negotiations, or the purchase or sale of real estate.

    We have to trust our elected representatives to strictly follow the state Open Meetings Act. Unfortunately, it’s hard to hold them accountable because we can’t listen in when the doors are closed.

  • Man attacks woman, leaves her, police say

    A Las Vegas man allegedly beat up his girlfriend near the Tecolote River on Sunday morning. He left, with her there alone along the river, authorities said.

    At one point, the state police received a call that a woman was found dead along the river. Minutes later, dispatchers were told that the woman was actually sleeping.

    The boyfriend, Eric Sena, 24, was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, a third-degree felony. He and his girlfriend had apparently been staying in his pickup truck near the river.

  • Cowboys to host regional

    NCAA regionals, here we come.

    New Mexico Highlands on Sunday won the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, beating archrival Mesa State 8-6 in the second of two games with the Mavericks.

    As the No. 1 team in the region, the Cowboys (39-11) will host this week’s NCAA Division II Central Regional in Farmington.

    David Bustillos and Scott Heath tallied three hits apiece and Kyle Gutchewsky drove in three runs to lead Highlands on Sunday. Tyler Wichmann was the winning pitcher.

  • RMAC lands 3 in tourney

    Highlighted by New Mexico Highlands’ remarkable run, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference apparently has commanded enough respect this baseball season to warrant three seeds in the national tournament instead of the usual two.