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Today's News

  • Dave's Drive-In: Bent for 'Leather'

    In the 1920s, professional football was regarded as something of an oddity, certainly no comparison to the glory of the college ranks; women sports writers were a novelty in the press box; and the guys on the gridiron wore simple leather caps for protection.

    That’s the America we’re introduced to in “Leatherheads,” a 2008 film co-authored by Duncan Brantley and Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated. George Clooney directs and stars as Dodge Connelly, an aging back (and coach) for the Duluth Bulldogs pro team.

  • City gas rates to drop

    Mayor Tony Marquez says that Las Vegas city natural gas customers can expect to see lower rates this winter.

    “I am pleased to announce that based on market conditions, my staff has predicted that the cost of natural gas will go down this winter for the residents of Las Vegas,” Marquez said in a press release late last week.

  • How long will mayoral term be?

    It’s unclear whether the victor of next year’s mayoral election will serve four years or two.

    Since the city charter took effect nearly four decades ago, mayors have served two-year terms.

    The charter also called for two-year terms for municipal judges, but the city increased those terms to four years without changing the charter a couple of decades ago. It did so based on legal advice that state law required municipal judges to serve four-year terms.

  • Big insurance payment affects cash flow

    The city is watching its cash flow closely because it paid all of its insurance premiums for the year at once, rather than breaking out the bills into payments, officials say.

    Six city departments are over budget, in part, because of the city’s insurance payment in September. The insurance is for property, liability, workers compensation, law enforcement, and directors and officers.

  • Work of Art: Warding off 'mal ojo'

    Three of us were at La Kocina de Raphael earlier this month when we observed a ritual I’d not seen in 30 years.

    My son Stan, with his wife Lisbeth, with daughter Ellen Vestergaard, 7 months, joined me at the restaurant for lunch. In a nearby booth, behind Ellen, were three women who were causing my granddaughter to turn her head to see them. Ellen enjoyed the sights.

  • Editorial: Heads should roll

    We are outraged with the gross misspending of education money in the Mora school district. Heads should roll.

    Last week, State Auditor Hector Balderas exposed a slush fund that demonstrated incompetence at best and an arrogance of power at worst.

    The district’s superintendent, Dora Romero, sought the audit earlier this year after the Optic submitted a public records request in connection with thousands of dollars in spending for gifts and refreshments to area state lawmakers.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP: East, West spikers near rematch

    Jazmine Harge and Brooke Knezevich combined for nearly three dozen kills Thursday night, leading Robertson to a key District 2-3A volleyball win over host St. Michael's in Santa Fe.

    The Lady Cardinals (13-5, 6-2) swept the Lady Horsemen 25-20, 25-21, 25-14.

    RHS hosts Santa Fe Indian on Tuesday evening.

    West Las Vegas took an improved Raton volleyball team to a fifth set for the second time in as many meetings this season on Thursday, then fell victim to mighty Pojoaque in a Saturday sweep.

  • Report: Deputy clutched gun

    The former San Miguel County sheriff's deputy accused of breaking into a man's house and beating him up while on duty clutched her gun for a time, according to a state police report.

    “I really felt that she was going to shoot me,” the alleged victim said in the report.

    Bolivar, 29, is now facing felony domestic violence charges. A week after the incident, Sheriff Benjie Vigil told the Optic that the charges were false, but a day later, he fired Bolivar.

  • Sheriff freed from some transports

    The San Miguel County Sheriff's Department has been freed of one of its bigger responsibilities.

    For years, sheriff’s deputies have taken arrested juveniles to youth jails in other counties for both the Las Vegas and state police. However, because of a July opinion from the state’s attorney general’s office, the department no longer transports just-arrested youths.

  • Editorial: Down to business

    Recently, the San Miguel County Commission decided to slap liens on more than 100 properties for unpaid solid waste bills.

    The county didn’t enjoy having to do so. For some time, its finance staff has been trying to get people to pay their bills for the use of the county’s solid waste convenience centers. But, apparently, they haven’t been tough enough in their efforts, since the county is now sitting on $161,000 in outstanding solid waste bills.