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Today's News

  • LETTER: Editorial cartoon was an insult

    OK, so I have a different opinion than some people, but do I deserve to be ridiculed for it?

    In today’s political world, a common way to stifle the “opposition” is to denigrate them into submission. Unfortunately, many buckle to derision and choose silence rather than exercising their freedom to speak. The editorial cartoon in the June 12 issue of the Optic attempts to do that very thing.

  • Acequias laud pact with city

    William Gonzales says he and other farmers and ranchers have been working for years to get the city to sit down and talk about sharing water on the Gallinas River.

    And, by his account, they weren’t invited to the table until last year.

    Months of negotiations have resulted in a water-sharing agreement for this year. If it works out, it may be the basis for a permanent agreement.

  • WORK OF ART: It's miller time

    ‘Pareces una polilla!” Mom would shout as her underweight, overdressed 50-pound son began his daily uphill trek to his fourth-grade classes at Immaculate Conception School.

    And why the unflattering epithet? Well, perhaps I did somewhat resemble a moth. Year-round, Mom had a sartorial regimen which mandated a thick T-shirt surrounded by a long-sleeve corduroy shirt covered by a thick Red Ryder sweatshirt, all enclosed by a cotton jacket.

  • 25th Relay has as many teams

    Cancer survivor Lisa Briggs-Valdez said she is lucky, because there are many people who lost their battle with the disease.

    “There are many that are still struggling, many that have fought and won and will fight for the rest of their lives. Everybody knows a family member or friend, because cancer knows no boundaries, no class, or race, nothing,” Briggs-Valdez said. “I know many people that have fought and won, and some who lost the fight.”  

  • Housing project for disabled expected to begin soon

    Officials broke ground last week on a housing project for people with behavioral health issues and other disabilities.

    The $2.2 million Vista Gallinas Apartments project will create 15 new rental homes and a community center. It will be on Ridge Runner Road, behind Wal-Mart.

    It was a controversial project when it was proposed three years ago. During public meetings, a number of residents feared that the residents of the complex would be a threat to children and the elderly. Others said such worries were baseless.

  • Little League title game is Saturday

    Saturday’s Las Vegas Little League minors division championship game will bring a close to the regular-season portion of the Meadow City’s Little League baseball season.

    As of press time, the LVLL minors Red Sox were leading the charge, hoping to add the tournament title to the regular-season bragging rights as the division’s best team.

  • Money won’t go from one school to other

    Money saved on the Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary School project won’t go to repairs at Valley School, an official says.

    A couple of weeks ago, the district’s architect, Antonio Ortega, reported that the money would go from Don Cecilio to Valley.

    But West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu said that wasn’t the case. He clarified the matter on radio station KFUN.

    Abreu said the district has found a bunch of deficiencies in the addition that the school board approved for the Valley School gymnasium and the classrooms.

  • Vegas man arrested in knife assault

    A Las Vegas man has been charged in connection with assaulting three others with a knife at a house in the 200 block of Union Street, city police said.

    Sergio Acuna, 30, 820 E. Roybal St., faces three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    According to a criminal complaint, one of the victims had gone to the Highway General Market on Grand Avenue, which is near his house in the 200 block of Union Street. When the victim was buying cigarettes, Acuna took out a pocket knife and swung it at him, cutting the victim, police said.

  • City again targeting Tilden house

    The house is an unquestionable eyesore: The mailbox is full of pens and pencils. The doorway is blocked by a piece of furniture and other junk. A heap of old fabrics and assorted items covers a portion of the yard.

    The house at 921 Tilden St. has been a problem property before, and the city is trying to deal with the issue yet again. The owner, Gordy Maxine Thatcher-Godfrey, has a penchant for collecting and storing whatever she finds around town both inside and outside her house.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    thumb DOWN for ... A BAILOUT? Some interesting twists to the operation of our local senior centers recently surfaced, as the group that took over the centers’ program operations last year is now asking for city assistance with a budgetary shortfall. Last September, Albuquerque-based Ser de New Mexico took control of the three centers in San Miguel County — in Las Vegas, Pecos and San Miguel — but now its director, Theresa Lopez, is saying they ran a deficit of $62,000 in May and need the city to ante up.