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Today's News

  • Letter: Memorial Day means freedom

    On two occasions in the course of human history, freedom hung in the balance. Once in Greece, well over 2,000 years ago and once again in 1940. In 430 B.C., the Greek statesman Pericles wrote an opinion about the Greek Constitution that could have come straight from the U.S. Supreme court. A people that sophisticated would never give up their way of life nor abandon their fierce love of freedom. At Thermopylae and Marathon they stood firm and saved democracy against the mightiest invader of that time.

  • Letter: 'The cruise' should be returned

    I lived in Las Vegas 25 years ago. I have noticed all the stores in what used to be New Town are now closed and there is nothing for the youth to do. All the exciting things that were part of the weekend are no longer. The cruise was very exciting and brought a lot of money downtown and commodore to the youth.

    Now that there is no cruise, the stores, except for a few, are closed due to lack of exposure. When the cruise was happening, the stores were flourishing as a direct result of exposure. Because of the stores closing, jobs are lost and crime has increased for the youth.

  • Oil leases for sale in Mora Co.

    The State Land Office wants to sell oil and gas leases in Mora and Colfax counties.

    According to Land Office documents, the agency aims to sell leases for two dozen parcels in Mora County and 29 in Colfax County on June 15.

    The environmental group, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, said the parcels are within the area of White Peak, where the Land Office has proposed controversial land trades.

  • Water-saving incentive proposed

    The city is considering whether to change its water rates in a way that would encourage greater conservation.  As it stands, the city’s rate structure has no incentive for saving of water for the first 2,000 gallons of water per month. The city charges a flat rate for 2,000 gallons or less.  But city utility officials are asking the council to change that.

  • Commitee commends retiring teachers

    Next chance you have, thank a teacher. They help build lives and give to their students more than most of us realize. Teachers touch not just one child but generations of students, That’s the message that the Community Committee for Better Schools wants to send, along with commendations to the teachers and staff of both Las Vegas school districts who are retiring this year.

  • Mil Gracias

    On Saturday, May 15, The Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas held its 19th annual Bike Safety Rodeo. Las Vegas area kids obtained helmets and learned bike safety by participating in the safety course.  The project consisted of proper fitting of the helmets, bike adjustments for mechanical safety and size.  The remaining course involved stations where the riders experienced hazards of bike riding.

  • Carr does it again

    Jason Carr has added another All-American baseball award to his collection of accolades for 2010.

    New Mexico Highlands University’s senior first baseman, Carr was named to the second-team All-America by Rawlings and the American Baseball Coaches Association this past week.

    Carr, who led NMHU with a single-season high 25 home runs, has already been honored as a Daktronics All-American for his exploits this past season.

    NMHU finished 41-13 and ranked No. 1 in the NCAA Division II Central Region.

  • Letter: Politicians need to be kicked out

    Shame, shame, shame on the politicians. They claim they are serving the people. Not so, they are serving themselves. Our present state representative, whose spouse was convicted after the scandal at West schools and is now working at Luna, courtesy of our senator (shame on him, also). Then there is the ex-con helping his brother on the campaign trail. Disgusting. How low can you go? A number of years ago, another brother who was a magistrate was caught red handed with stolen property. We knew their father, an honest, hard-working farmer. Lord Lord, he will turn over in his grave.

  • Man sold drugs from shop, police say

    A local man was arrested Wednesday for using his business and house to sell drugs, authorities said.

    Julian Gallegos, 30, owner of Xtreme Nutrition, 1213 Bridge St., was charged with two counts of trafficking drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The Las Vegas Police Department served a warrant on Gallegos late Wednesday afternoon, blocking traffic on Bridge Street.

  • Official: West workers reject furlough day

    The West Las Vegas school district was planning a voluntary furlough day for today. But it appears as if most employees won’t take advantage of it.

    Late last week, the district was expecting 80 to 90 percent of employees to take the furlough day, Superintendent Jim Abreu said. But after a story in Monday’s Optic about possible raises for two top top officials, the furlough program largely collapsed, he said.