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Today's News

  • Members of utility seek openness

    MORA — Members of the area’s rural electric cooperative voted Saturday to require the utility to follow the guidelines of the state’s open meetings and public records laws.

    Meanwhile, they rejected a proposal to make it easier to move the headquarters —which many believed was a first step to move the cooperative’s base of operations from Mora to Pecos.

  • Lady Devils cap unbeaten season with title

    Friday’s championship game between the Lady Devils and Stars — the top two Las Vegas Little League softball teams of the year — was close for a while.

    Then came the second inning, and it was all Lady Devils.

    Manager Angela Pino’s crew punctuated a perfect season in LVLL play with an 11-0 romp in the title game. They did it using the same formula that has worked all season — a combination of stingy pitching, getting on base and making defenses pay with wily baserunning.

  • Editorial: Tackling the big issues

    If the Las Vegas City Council does its job, it faces uncomfortable issues. In so doing, its members may not always win popularity contests.

    At its regular meeting last week, the council voted to take the first step toward an ordinance that will raise the local sales tax by 25 cents for every $100 in purchases.

  • Letter: Shaking up Mora County

    “Mora County had the equivalent of a political earthquake,” said David Giuliani in the June 7 Optic.

    Two Mora County Commission seats were taken by John Olivas and Paula Garcia during the primary election June 1. Uncontested for the November ballot and new to political life, Olivas begins his four-year term as the District 2 commissioner this coming January, while Garcia will run against Republican opponent, Antonio Pino in District 1.  But with 61 percent of the primary vote, her win in November should be for certain.  

  • As It Is: Political decisions

    Every sheriff in New Mexico gets to pick his own undersheriff. It’s a political appointment, so the undersheriff doesn’t have much job protection.

    If the under-sheriff looks at the boss in the wrong way, then the sheriff can get rid of him.

    In March, when Mora County Undersheriff Tim Marquez decided to run for sheriff against his boss, Roy Cordova, the sheriff quickly fired him.

    At the time, I thought that seemed acceptable — that’s just the way it works.

    Now, I’m wondering whether it should work that way.

  • City eyes garbage rate hike

    Residents will need to budget $72 more for garbage service each year if the City Council approves a proposal for rate hikes.

    Under the proposal, the city would up the residential monthly rate from $14.05 to $20.10 — a 43 percent increase.

    City officials say the increase is needed to pay back debt in the solid waste department, clean up the old landfill at Camp Luna and pay for staff for the neglected recycling program.

  • Adult softball

    The following are recent scores and 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, June 28

    Tecolote vs. Louisville Chuggers, 6:15 p.m.; Dream Team vs. Vegas Boyz, 7:30 p.m.; DB’s Milkmen vs. Blaze, 8:45 p.m.

    TUESday, June 29

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

  • Four locals in Father's Day run

    Four Las Vegas residents traveled to Pojoaque early Father’s Day morning to compete in the 12th annual Butterfly Run, a 5-kilometer and 10-kilometer race.

    “The races featured competition, a challenging course, and high energy fulfilling most  everyone’s expectations,” reported Mike Montaño of Las Vegas.

  • Letter: Changes should be tough to make

    Regarding MSMEC Proposed Bylaw Change No. 16: The reason for requiring super majority votes when changing charters, bylaws, etc. is to deliberately make it difficult. If the location of the co-op headquarters can be changed with a simple majority vote, we could potentially be changing locations every other year.  

  • Girl recovering from injuries

    The 9-year-old girl struck by a car on June 8 suffered major injuries, but she is expected home from the hospital in the coming days, her family says.

    Madison Holley, 1309 First St., was taken by helicopter to an Albuquerque hospital after a car driven by Peter J. Salazar, 33, 2514 Carmean Drive, hit her on First. Holley is the daughter of Pamela Bustos.