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Today's News

  • LETTER: Entitled to mistakes?

    The Las Vegas Police Department’s chief has, appropriately, given the strongest argument possible for the establishment of a Civilian Review Board for the department. Indeed, the letter published in the same issue of the Optic arguing for such a board was not half as persuasive as to the need for such a civilian driven oversight mechanism. Not half as persuasive, I tell you. Listen to the highest-ranked law enforcement officer, Chief Gold: “Police officers work long hours and they are rarely appreciated.

  • Suspect’s bond is reduced

    The bond for a Las Vegas woman accused of killing a man has been reduced from $1 million to $100,000.

    District Judge Abigail Aragon decided to reduce the bond during a hearing last week, requiring that Bernadette Sanchez, 36, post 10 percent of the bond, or $10,000, to the court.

    Sanchez is charged in the stabbing death of Timoteo M. Jaramillo.

  • Hopeful vows not to hike taxes

    It’s a year until the 2010 Democratic and Republican primaries in New Mexico, but GOP gubernatorial candidate Allen Weh is already campaigning around the state.

    He visited Las Vegas recently.

    In a telephone interview, Weh, an ex-Marine, promised that he wouldn’t raise taxes if he were elected.

    “There’s enough waste and abuse in the state budget,” Weh said. “There is no reason why any man or woman would go forth to taxpayers and say, ‘We need to raise money without cleaning the mess inside government.’”

  • EDITORIAL: The benefits of firsts

    With the election of Barack Obama as president, the United States has taken a big step toward becoming what some call a post-racial society. Of course we’re a long way from there yet, but we're closer.

  • Senior center struggling

    The local senior center is suffering a shortfall in its budget, and it is seeking the help of the city government.

    Last September, Ser de New Mexico, an Albuquerque-based group, took control of San Miguel County’s three senior centers from the state hospital. The centers are in Las Vegas, San Miguel and Pecos.

    Theresa Lopez, the director of the centers, said they ran a deficit of $62,000 in May. “For June, we’re running on no money. We’ve been holding a few fundraisers to supplement the budget,” she said.

  • Circle attracts amateurs, professionals alike

    It was a drummer’s delight as professional and amateur musicians pounded out rhythms on drum sets, congas, bongos and even hubcaps at an event dubbed “Pasión del los Tambores,” or passion of the drums.

  • Residents want county to take road

    San Miguel County is taking the first step toward the possibility of taking ownership of Don Gallegos Circle.

    The commission voted last week to have a committee of county officials to view the road and make a recommendation to the county.

    Dozens of houses are on the road, which is off of the Eight Street Extension. Residents presented a petition last year asking the county for help with the road.

  • HUD nixes search policy

    A federal agency is asking that the Las Vegas housing authority eliminate a provision in its contracts with tenants allowing for searches without notice based on “reasonable suspicion” of criminal activity.

    “We have told the housing authority that they will remove that,” said Patricia Campbell, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.

  • DULCEY AMARGO: Who said that?

    It’s almost an unwritten rule that among the first words one acquires in learning a new language are the inevitable “bad words.” Of course, that doesn’t occur so much in the organized, academic setting. Nevertheless, the dictionary is always available for one to sneak a peek at the “forbidden” words.

    Way back in primal times, as we labored through the conjugations and declensions of beginning Latin, my classmates and I at Cathedral High School found a way to pervert the regimented learning for our less-than-civilized purposes.

  • County holds off on Tasers

    The jail warden wants a couple of officers to be able to use Tasers in the jail, but the chairman of the County Commission says he’s reluctant, saying it could create liability for the county.

    Meanwhile, the sheriff complained that the county administration refuses to consider his request for use of the electroshock weapon

    At this week’s County Commission meeting, county officials asked commissioners to approve a policy for the use of Tasers in the jail. And they received support from the jail’s citizens advisory committee.