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Today's News

  • Report: Man was 5 times above legal limit

    SANTA FE — Toxicology results show a man who caused a head-on crash last month on Interstate 25 had a blood-alcohol level that was more than five times the legal drinking limit.

    The Office of the Medical Investigator has released toxicology results showing 28-year-old Cecilio Jaramillo of Santa Fe had a blood-alcohol level of 0.44 percent at the time of the crash near San Juan. Jaramillo has ties to Las Vegas.

    The state's presumed level of intoxication is 0.08 percent.

  • All Pojo

    Pojoaque Valley played spoiler again this week for Las Vegas teams, this time on the baseball diamond.

    Robertson baseball lost a 13-12 nailbiter at Pojoaque on Tuesday, slipping to 8-6 overall and 1-3 in district. Coach Shannon Aragon’s Cardinals will host St. Mike’s in a Saturday doubleheader at Memorial Middle School field.

    On Monday, the Elks came back from an early deficit and pulled out an 8-6 win at West Las Vegas, snapping the Dons’ two-game streak.

  • Letter: Remembering Stewart Udall

    U.S. Senator Tom Udall’s father has passed away at age 90, but he left us a very valuable treasure in his son, the senator.

  • Shaving heads for a cause

    Not one of the 15 volunteers bolted from the barber chair as an appreciative crowd laughed, jeered and cheered them on to shaved-head heaven. 

    Psi Chi International Honor Society President Renee Shimek said the Highlands University psychology club holds a Spring Festival fundraiser every year.

  • Letter: Don't carve salaries into stone

    When do we learn, you don’t carve salary amounts in stone.

    We previously had our council persons tied in to county salaries.

    Judge [Eddie] Trujillo is now tied into some nefarious salary scheme.

    But do we learn? No, we are currently submitting, for the polities’ discernment, a new city charter which carves City Council persons’ salaries as part of our constitution. Some method of setting salaries must be set, other than “carving the $10,000 salary in stone.”

  • Storrie may get fenced

    Soon, if you’re going to fish at Storrie Lake, you’ll need a boat.

    By as early as next week, the Storrie Project Water Users Association may begin making arrangements to fence off the lake and large portions of the park, association officials say. That’s because the state refuses to renew its lease with the group on the same monetary terms and conditions as its previous lease, they said.

  • Pssssst! Vegas is now 175 years old

    On Tuesday, Las Vegas very quietly passed its 175th anniversary as a community.

    There were no celebrations, no ceremonies, no parties to mark this milestone.

    Las Vegas was established on April 6, 1835, soon after settlers received a land grant from the Mexican government.

    At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Matt Martinez, the chamber’s president, unveiled a blueprint for his group’s plans to celebrate the 175th anniversary. It is organizing Las Vegas Grandes Celebration Weekend, which is tentatively set for Sept. 24-26.

  • Letter: Optic runs an insult to God

    (Regarding the editorial cartoon referencing the Texas Board of Education published March 29), I couldn’t believe that the Optic would place an article like this in its paper. Although this article seems to be insulting President Obama and the liberals, that is not who is getting insulted.

    The insult is to God because this seems to indicate that God involved himself in politics, and the petty, idiotic, hatred-inspired views of people.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The Las Vegas  Jewish Community would like to thank Tom Trigg at the First Presbyterian Church for his assistance with this year’s community seder, held on  Tuesday night, March 30.

    We also wish to thank the Set-Up Committee — Zelda McCrossen, Stanley McCrossen, Teri Hackler and Ardys Otterbacher — for a job well done! Thanks also to Merryl Kravitz and Molly Smollett, food coordinators, there was enough of a food variety and Janet Stein Romero for serving as Seder Leader.

  • Work of Art: Putting on the trout

    “Don’t forget ‘truchas,’” Joseph P. Santillanes yelled at me as I parked on Douglas and he crossed the street.

    Was the personable candidate for San Miguel County sheriff inviting me to have trout with him at Charlie’s Restaurant or at Dick’s?

    Hardly. Santillanes was reminding me that in my frequent attacks in my columns on words we use around here I’d omitted “truchas.”

    “Why don’t you write about truchas?” he asked.