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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Another Perspective: Perceptions about torture

    June is Torture Awareness Month, and to observe it, the Las Vegas group of Amnesty International will hold two events this Friday and Saturday.

    The Saturday event will be the annual vigil to remember victims of torture, taking place from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Sixth and National. The night before, the group will show a film, “The Response,” a dramatization of a panel of military judges deciding whether an alleged enemy combatant should be released from detention at Guantánamo, or continue to be imprisoned, perhaps indefinitely.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    LVLL games take place at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    SATURday, June 19

    La Plaza majors (tournament final): A’s 7, Yankees 2

    La Plaza minors (tournament final): Cubs 6, Marlins 5

    La Plaza softball (tournament final): A’s 19, Marlins 11

    MONday, June 21

    Las Vegas majors (tournament): Rockies defeated Mets; Giants defeated Cardinals

  • Senior Profile: Couple recalls war, early struggles

    Most of us would struggle recalling close to 90 years of memories, but Arturo and Marie Montoya do it with ease.

    Arthur George Montoya, born in Las Vegas in 1919, and his wife, Marie Gonzales, born in Clayton in 1921, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 15. These two have offered, and continue to offer, a wealth of information concerning life in early 20th century agrarian northern New Mexico and beyond, gleaned from their full lives.