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Today's News

  • Claims allege cop misconduct

    Four tort claims notices have been filed against the city of Las Vegas in the past two weeks — all involving alleged police misconduct.

    The damages sought are more than $2.6 million.

    Tort claim notices are documents that must be filed within 90 days of injury in the state of New Mexico if one intends to sue the state, county or city governments.

  • K-aos softball in state tourney

    A new 16-and-under softball team, the K-aos is battling in a double-elimination state tournament this weekend in Albuquerque and representing much of northern New Mexico.

    The team — managed by Steve Montoya and Coached by Dominique Montoya, Anthony Lovato and Pete Garcia — includes girls from Pojoaque, Española and Las Vegas who were in need of a program to continue playing through the summer.

  • Official: Railroad safety is on track

    It has been six months since a car-train collision at the Arriba Road railroad crossing north of Las Vegas claimed the life of Las Vegan Michael Esquibel. It was the second fatality at the site in less than a year.

    Four months earlier, Fred Stark, a Denver man in town for his daughter’s wedding, was also hit and killed by a train at the same crossing.

    In February, New Mexico Public Regulation Commission member Jerome Block said he was “taking the bull by the horns” and was taking initial steps to get safety equipment installed at the site.

  • EDITORIAL: Impetus to move ahead

    At the behest of a small group of concerned citizens (including the publisher of this newspaper), a Highlands University class took on a divisive local issue, conducted a survey, and produced evidence that, well, maybe the issue isn’t as divisive as one might think.

    In doing so, the professor and her class may just have given Las Vegas what it needs to honestly confront the issue.

  • LETTER: In son's name, a call to action

    It has been nearly six months since Jan. 15, since our son Mikey has been gone. His dreams were shattered when his young life came to an abrupt end and our hearts were broken, but today we remember how strong our faith in God is and in his promises to us, and we know that Michael is in Heaven and that he is watching over all of us, his friends and relatives, and his fellow residents of Las Vegas, for he was a “Vegas boy.”

  • Reservoir leaks seen as problem

    A city councilman said the leakages from the city’s Peterson reservoir are significant and that fixing such problems could help improve the city’s water situation.

    Councilman Andrew Feldman, who focuses on water issues, said that up to a quarter of the water taken off the Gallinas River is lost to leakage at Peterson reservoir. Additionally, silting in the Peterson and Bradner reservoirs has reduced the holding capacity of the reservoirs by 30 percent, he said. As such, both need to be dredged, he said.

  • LETTER: Remember to shop locally

    Please tell the readership of the Optic that shopping at home saves the consumer dollars and keeps local businesses in business.

    We are currently building a home near Sapello and needed more building supplies. I received quotes from local suppliers and those in Santa Fe. A Las Vegas supplier came in lower. Is there any doubt where we will shop? Time, gas and dollars saved staying at home.

    Having been a merchant in a small town located near a city, I know the value of shopping locally and supporting the local merchants.

    Linda Anderle

    Sapello

  • COLUMN: It's hard to say no to a boss

    If people want to get issues before the Las Vegas City Council, they have to meet a city deadline for their requests —  5 p.m. the Monday the week before a council meeting.

    That doesn’t always happen. As a result, the no-exceptions policy sometimes results in, well, exceptions. And that creates some confusion at times.

    Councilman Morris Madrid has a solution: The city manager should enforce the deadline for everyone, including the mayor and City Council.

  • LETTER: Dirty industry threatening us

    Question:  Do we want Mora to remain “agricultural” with our scarce precious water protected or “industrial” with water gone or polluted?

    We are now on the brink of a disastrous takeover by Corporate America reminiscent of the land grant takeovers of old.  

    Some recent examples of happenings elsewhere:

  • Marquez favors police review board

    Mayor Tony Marquez said last week that he favors a police oversight board — an idea that some residents are pushing in light of alleged officer misconduct.

    Marquez said during a City Council meeting that he favors a board that would deal with police issues in a “fair and balanced manner,” adding that he would like to see counselors and social workers on the panel.

    The mayor said he became attracted to the idea when talking to other attendees during the recent annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Los Angeles.