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Today's News

  • Letter: Responding to fire complicated

    This is in response to the letter to the editor, “No quick extraction” by Paul Anthony Maes (Dec. 18.) If you are or were ever a firefighter, you would know that the police dispatcher of the Las Vegas Police Department is the one who dispatches the fire truck. You would also know that when the fire department receives the call of distress from the police dispatcher, the firefighters have to gear up, which by the way is set for the fastest possible time by the way the gear is laid out by the responders’ unit.

  • Letter: Protecting our way of life

    As a guide/outfitter, sportsman, recreationalist, land grant heir, and “Norteño” in northern New Mexico, I depend on the nearby wild and undeveloped public lands for the welfare of my business and my family’s well-being. Having public land available to hunt, fish and hike on is the foundation of my livelihood. That’s one reason I feel strongly about the need to protect the Whites Peak land swap that is taking place just north of Ocate in Mora County.

  • Gilpin now leads LCC softball

    The following is an interview with Luna Community College softball coach Meredith Gilpin.

    What are your goals for this season?

  • Death being treated as homicide

    Authorities are treating the death of a Las Vegas man as a homicide.

    The body of Michael Ortiz, 20, 1024 Second St., was found on the property of BTU Block & Concrete in the 1500 block of South Commerce St. around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    Ortiz's family had reported him missing to Las Vegas police early Monday afternoon, saying they hadn't seen him for four days, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    A day before, the body of Karlene Rivera, 30, 510 Grand Ave., was found outside her parents' home in the 600 block of Railroad Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Forum planned for city hopefuls

    A forum for city candidates will be held on Feb. 18 at Memorial Middle School.

    The Las Vegas Optic and the Committee for the People are holding the forum for candidates for Las Vegas mayor and the Ward 1 and 4 seats on the City Council.

    The forum will last from 6-8 p.m., and audience members can submit questions to the moderator.

    The election is March 2, but early voting lasts until Feb. 26. Voters can cast their ballots during business hours at City Hall.

  • 3 charged in Mora County altercation

    A Mora County man is accused of striking a woman unconscious with a shovel, but authorities have also charged the woman and her daughter following an apparent altercation two weeks ago.

    Sam Olivas, 76, is charged with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor trespassing.

    Elizabeth Trujillo, 61, who was reportedly struck with a shovel, faces petty misdemeanor charges of  assault and battery, and her daughter, Charity Montoya, 23, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony.

  • Letter: Highlands hurting its neighbors

    I attended the New Mexico Highlands University Master Plan public meeting on Jan. 27 with several of my neighbors, including the Cordovas who have lived in their home next door to me for over 50 years. Highlands presented three Master Plans (A, B, C) at its previous public meeting in the spring of 2009. Plan B involved demolishing our homes for a parking lot.

  • Racist graffiti mars candidate's signs

    A mayoral candidate in Wagon Mound has reported to authorities that her campaign signs have been marred with racist graffiti.

    Betty Ann Medina, a village council member who is facing Arthur Arguello in the mayor’s face, said three of her signs on N.M. Highway 120 on the way to Roy were vandalized with swastikas. Someone wrote “KKK” on another, and five were stolen, Medina said.

    The only sign unaffected was near some dogs, she said.

  • RHS girls have Hope

    There is Hope on the schedule after all for the Robertson girls’ basketball team.

    The Lady Cardinals scored a significant non-district victory on Monday night, beating Hope Christian 52-49 on the Huskies’ home campus in Albuquerque.

    Hope Christian entered the game ranked sixth in the latest Class 3A girls’ poll sponsored by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Robertson was ninth in the same poll.

    RHS led 25-21 at halftime and held on down the stretch to complete the upset.

  • Editorial: No good excuses

    We were amazed last year when the state announced that Sierra Vista Elementary School was No. 40 on the state list for demolition. Recently, officials announced that the school is now at No. 14.

    And Sierra Vista is only a little more than 20 years old.

    Whatever way you cut it, the taxpayers have been failed if a relatively new building needs to be leveled. Officials say a leaky roof has caused deterioration to the building.