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Today's News

  • Official stresses openness rules

    At a recent meeting, the Las Vegas City Schools board closed its doors to discuss “school matters.”

    That reason was given in addition to the usual justifications for closed meetings such as personnel issues and litigation.

    But the state Open Meetings Act makes no exception for school matters. Indeed, any business that a school board would discuss could conceivably fall under the subject of school matters.

  • City OKs mobile home on property, after initial concerns

    The City Council on Wednesday approved a Pecos Street resident’s request to put a mobile home for his parents next to his house.

    The resident, Gabriel Romero, requested that his property at 1309 Pecos St. be rezoned from multi-family residential to mixed residential. Such a move would allow the mobile home. In an April letter, he told the city his parents are getting up in age.

    “I have to come from my house often to check up on them,” he wrote.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP to ... THE PROCESS MOVING FORWARD. It certainly was an busy primary election season, with plenty of local and state races. Most of them were decided with pluralities rather than majorities — an unfortunate result of the lack of runoffs. Plus, turnout was low. So there are reasons to be discouraged with this election cycle.

    That said, those who did vote made the process work, while those who didn’t — the ones who are part of the problem rather than the solution — have no room to complain (though we’re certain they will anyway).

  • Another Perspective: Online comments

    Over the last several months I have established a new online habit.

    As a voracious news consumer I will scan several online news sources; The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate), KTVU.com, the Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times and others. And of course thanks to the online edition of the The Las Vegas Optic, I can call up the latest happenings of my hometown.

  • Zoning request cause for concern

    Pecos Street resident Gabriel Romero is asking the city to allow him to put a mobile home for his parents next to his house.

    But the city attorney warns that this would be "spot zoning."

    In an April letter to the city, Romero said his parents are getting to the age where they need a lot more help.

    "I have to come from my house often to check up on them," he wrote.

    As such, Romero requested that his property at 1309 Pecos St. be rezoned from multi-family residential to mixed residential. Such a move would allow the mobile home.

  • Mora Little League under way

    Mora Little League opening ceremony was held on Tuesday, May 18, at the Little League Field in Holman.

    The color guard made up of men  from the VFW presented the colors and the national anthem was played   followed by a blessing buy Father John Mc Hugh.

    Members of the Mora baseball team lined up and Ricky Padilla threw the opening pitch.

  • Resilient Vigil wins again

    State Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, trounced his nearest rival in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

    He will face Republican Mel Root in the November general election, as he did two years ago.

    In Tuesday’s election, Vigil prevailed with 48 percent of the vote to former school administrator Barbara Perea Casey’s 38 percent. Newspaper publisher Chris Lopez got 8 percent, while Luna Community College employee Eric Cummings finished last with 6 percent.

  • Work of Art: An unexpected delivery

    It’s not the isolated bag that somehow gets dislodged from a moving pickup or a Wal-Mart bag that shoots out the window when Missy cranks the handle.

    No, instead, what a residential area in Camp Luna inherited Tuesday morning, compliments of some anonymous donor over the Memorial Day weekend was more than a dozen bags of trash, garbage, organic stuff, important records, school reports, sensitive material from hospitals and welfare agencies, a partially used prescription, and several dozen empty DVD cases.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On behalf of Samaritan House Inc., we would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to The Catholic Foundation, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, for their 2009 Grant Award of $5,000.

    The application was sponsored by Immaculate Conception Church and submitted by two of our board members, Katie McDonough and John Geoffroy.

  • Sheriff prevails; commissioners lose

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil fended off four rivals in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, while two San Miguel County commissioners lost their bids for re-election.

    Vigil took far less than a majority, garnering 35 percent of the vote. His nearest rival, Joseph Santillanes, pulled in 34 percent, while Roy Pacheco got 17 percent. Following were Ben J. Lujan at 9 percent and Clarence Romero at 5 percent.