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Today's News

  • Architect refutes allegations

    The West Las Vegas school district’s former architect contends that he has provided all of the requested documents to the new architect, saying that criticism to the contrary is without merit.

    Recently, the new architect, Antonio Ortega of Ortega, Romero and Rodriguez in Santa Fe, told the school board that the old architectural firm, Van H. Gilbert Architects in Albuquerque, has hindered his efforts to create a new master plan.

  • Editorial: What if Vegas grows?

    Las Vegas is like many others towns: It extends its utilities to people outside city limits. This is a common practice.

    Recently, the San Miguel County Commission approved a 46-lot subdivision called Óxido north of Las Vegas. The developer seems to have created a good plan for the subdivision.

    But we’re still concerned that the development is poised to get water, natural gas and trash pickup service from the city.

  • Police: Man gets his 12th DWI

    A Las Vegas man was arrested for his 12th DWI last week, state police said.

    Starkie Montaño, 60, 2505 Collins Drive, Apartment 19, was charged with aggravated DWI, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license and having an open container of alcohol.

  • Senior Profile: Music, the Mafia and Seneca

    What would it take to lure renowned musicians into one’s home? What if they were Arturo Toscaninni, considered by many as the greatest conductor ever to wave a baton, or George and Ira Gershwin, renowned lyricist and pianist and the beloved clarinet player, Benny Goodman?

    Luring wasn’t necessary; in the East 90th Street New York City home of Albert Fredric Stoessel, an American composer, violinist and conductor; these visits were customary. Stoessel’s son, Las Vegas resident, Fredrick Stoessel says, “I just thought of them as family friends.”

  • NOTICE

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board of Eduction will hold a SPECIAL BOARD MEETING on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 4:15 p.m. at the Administrative Building (Board Room), 901 Douglas Ave. in Las Vegas, N.M.

    The purpose of the meeting is to review Student Discipline. The Agenda will be available at the Superintendent's office (at the Administration Building — Central Office, 901 Douglas Ave.) — Las Vegas, New Mexico, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. 

  • Letter: Optic editor too judgmental

    Is there nothing that escapes your observation? Do you feel you must comment on every perceived wrong? Barriers were set up to protect my right of egress and ingress into my home. If I were to ask the city, the police or the organizers of the fiesta event to please recognize my right to get to my home, I would still be waiting.

  • Letter: Voters will still decide elections

    I would like to respond to the letter of Kathleen Dudley, co-founder of Drilling Mora County. She states who will be the winners before the election is held. It seems to me that we should let the people of Mora County decide who they want in office first, instead of someone making comments for the people of More County. How does she know who is going to win the election without the election being held? Also for the drilling, I think it should be left up to the landowners of Ocate and not outsiders telling the landowners what to do with their land.

  • Beyond the mat

    Wrestling taught Marcos Martinez and Jesse Valdez how to be tough, resilient, self-disciplined, self-reliant, diligent, focused and hard-working.

    And those qualities, Martinez and Valdez said, put them on a lifelong path of self-improvement, with the latest turns being doctorate programs that begin this fall. Martinez will be pursuing a doctorate in social work at Arizona State, while his longtime friend and former Robertson High teammate Valdez will be enrolled in the counseling and psychology program at Northern Colorado.

  • County in battle over tax break

    San Miguel County is fighting a ranch’s effort to get an exemption from property taxes.

    County Attorney Jesus Lopez told the County Commission last week that the county and Pecos River Open Spaces are in litigation over the ranch’s request to get a charitable exemption for its conservation easement.

  • Biker rally, area fiestas this weekend

    The fifth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally starts today and lasts through Sunday, likely bringing thousands of bikers to town.

    Also, Mora and Villanueva are celebrating their annual fiestas this weekend.

    At noon today, Plaza Park opens for the annual rally. Bands will be playing in the park much of the weekend, and a few food booths will also be set up in the Plaza area.