Today's News

  • Letter: Does that banner yet wave?

    In the nearly 40 years I have been here to enjoy the Fiestas de Las Vegas, they have always included a great parade. Parades here are wonderful and attendance is spectacular.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    LVLL games take place at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    FRIday, June 25

    Las Vegas softball (tournament final): Lady Devils 11, Stars 0

    SATURday, June 26

    Las Vegas majors (tournament final): Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESday, June 30

    Las Vegas tee-ball: Indians vs. Dodgers, Padres vs. Braves, 5 p.m.

  • North-South coming

    The annual Class 3A North-South All-Star boys’ and girls’ basketball and football games are slated for July 9-10 on the Highlands University campus.

    Participants from across the state will arrive in town early this coming week for practices and activities. A committee of local volunteers headed by Connie Trujillo coordinates the event.

    See the Optic next week for more on North-South.

  • Little League all-stars named

    Save for this week’s Las Vegas Little League minors baseball tournament — during which the Red Sox will try to repeat as champions — local Little League fans’ attention is turning to the district all-star tournaments, which begin July 10 in Raton.

  • City enacts tougher penalties

    The city’s new water conservation ordinance increases penalties for violators and urges big users to install water-friendly fixtures.

    Last week, the City Council passed the ordinance after going through several versions over the last few months.

    The ordinance is considered the first of a two-part strategy for conservation. The second is expected to bring more progressive water rates — in other words, even higher rates as a customer uses more water. Those new rates are slated to come before the council later this year.

  • Deputies, jailers vote for union

    San Miguel County’s jailers and deputies on Wednesday unanimously voted for a union to represent them.

    It may well be the first time in the county government’s history that workers have formed a union, officials say.

    All 22 employees who took part in the election supported having the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees as their representative in negotiations with county officials.

    Twenty-eight were eligible to vote; probationary employees, who have been with the county for less than a year, couldn’t take part.

  • Official criticizes Optic over editorial

    San Miguel County Commission Chairman David Salazar promised that the county’s oil and gas task force’s meetings would be open to the public.

    He also criticized the Optic for not making that fact known to the public.

    A few weeks ago, Alex Tafoya, the county’s planning and zoning supervisor, told the Optic he wasn’t sure if the public would be allowed in the task force’s meetings.

  • Police: DWI suspect had kid in car

    An area man didn’t try to hide the fact that he had been drinking after the state police stopped him Sunday, reports state.

    Madio Michael Trujillo, 30, of Rociada, who was stopped on Grand Avenue shortly after 10 p.m., acknowledged to a state police officer that he had had two shots and four beers not long before driving, police said.

    In the back seat was a 6-year-old girl. The other passenger was Valerie Quiñonez of Española, who gave her name as Jessica Hill, police said.

  • LCC benefit golf tournament on Aug. 28

    The 2010 Luna Community College Foundation Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Pendaries Golf Course in Rociada.

    A shotgun start is scheduled at 9 a.m.

    A four-person team sponsorship is $1,000 or $250 per individual. Individuals are welcomed to play. A hole sponsorship is $250. The entry fee covers green fees, a cart, and a prime rib dinner.

    All money raised will be used for scholarships, according to a news release from the school.

  • Letter: Help stop violence against women

    Around the world, approximately one out of three women has been raped, beaten, burned, and subjected to other forms of horrendous abuse in her lifetime, and in some countries, rates of domestic violence reach 70 percent. No country is immune — the violence crosses all borders and affects women of all ages, social groups, religions and classes.