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Today's News

  • LETTER: County wise to hold off on tasers

    The San Miguel County Commission made a wise choice in holding off on approving Tasers until they have all of the information they need to make the choice of arming jail personnel and deputies.

  • Ex-Cardinal practices with West

    A former Robertson High School football player who pleaded guilty to attacking teammates during a camp last year practiced for three days recently with the West Las Vegas football team.

    The Optic called Superintendent Jim Abreu on Monday about whether Santiago Armijo or any of the other five assault suspects had practiced with the Dons football team. At the time, Abreu said no, but he later found out that Armijo had joined the team’s unofficial morning practices two times last week and on Monday.

  • 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.