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Today's News

  • 16 wells reported dry near town

    Jack and Betty Thompson of Ojitos Frios have been without well water for more than two weeks. These days, they are relying on rainwater.

    And they aren’t alone. The latest count is 16 households without well water.

    Now residents are looking at options to have water trucked in. And a county commissioner is looking at ways to help.

  • Scrap metal an issue in Mora

    Mora County resident Joseph Weathers is in the business of making money off scrap metal. As such, he said he wants a fair shot at getting such material at the county’s transfer station.

    He said he and others have been able to get old refrigerators, appliances and other items at the station and take them to other places such as Colorado and make money from the scrap metal.

  • Student fiesta held at Plaza Park

    All day Thursday the skies over Las Vegas were moody, with a threatening rumble here and there. Organizers for the 2009 “Student Fiesta” at Plaza Park said they were crossing their fingers, and hoping the expected downpour would wait until after the big gathering.

  • Letter: Aragon should be chief judge

    The election of Matt Sandoval as chief judge of the Fourth Judicial District is not only disturbing, but I believe it sends a toxic and unfair message to young girls and women. It is a distressing message ripe with gender bias and sexist overtones.

  • E-mails reveal a frustrated Feldman

    The beginning of the year was a turbulent time in city government: The city manager had just resigned without notice, most of the directors were new, and a political realignment was just about to happen.

    Last week, the Optic received more than 100 pages of e-mails involving a quorum of the City Council. For months, the city had refused to turn over these messages, but finally did after the recommendation of the state attorney general.

  • Letter: Treated with courtesy, respect

    Recently I took my son to the Leroy Garcia Health Center for his pre-school immunizations. From the time we entered the door of the building we were treated with respect and courtesy by a competent, friendly staff. The receptionist was efficient and put myself and my son at ease immediately. We waited a short time for a nurse to take us to the back. She was very pleasant and interacted well with my son. He had been very apprehensive about getting shots, but by the time she was done visiting with him he was calming down.

  • Bears maul young Dons 50-0

    One miserable second quarter reduced an otherwise competitive —  if ugly — game into a blowout Saturday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

    Visiting Estancia scored 44 points in that 12-minute span en route to a 50-0 victory over West Las Vegas, spoiling the home debut of the Dons and first-year head coach Mike Ulibarri.

    Bears quarterback Destry Oberg went 12 of 29 for 286 yards and four touchdowns, two of them to Derek Georgia. Oberg rushed for an additional score in the middle of the decisive second-period barrage.

  • Catching up after all these years

    The Robertson High School class of 1959 celebrated its 50th anniversary with a class reunion July 30-31.

    The get-together started with dinner at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque. There were some 38 classmates in attendance, which included their spouses. They had a good time, going so far as revealing who had a crush on whom back in the 10th grade.

  • Letter: Exceptional work on county road

    I would like to commend newly elected San Miguel County Commissioner Nicolas T. Leger as well as the road crew for their attention to County Road 56A in eastern San Miguel County.

    The work the road on CR 56A is exceptional and will help provide the residents of this area to travel with more ease, especially during inclement weather as these roads become virtually impassable.

    Job well done and thank you!

    J.D Maes, Jr.

    Trementina

  • Editorial: Petition a bad move

    LeeEtte Quintana, the associate superintendent for the Las Vegas City Schools, crossed the line recently when she circulated a petition in favor of her husband, Jay Quintana, a Robertson High School teacher.

    Earlier this year, Jay Quintana was placed on paid leave after allegations surfaced that he had sex numerous times with a student. The district referred the matter to the police but also conducted  an internal investigation.