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Today's News

  • LETTER: Consider a civilian review board

    When a police officer does a bad thing, it shocks the public and rightfully so.

    Certain rights are guaranteed to our citizens through amendments to the Constitution and those rights should never be infringed upon by law enforcement officers acting under color of law.

  • Woman's charge reduced

    The district attorney’s office last week reduced the charge for a woman charged in the killing of a man.

    Bernadette Sanchez, 36, a resident charged in the stabbing death of Timoteo M. Jaramillo, never entered the courtroom for a scheduled preliminary hearing Thursday on the case before Magistrate Judge Chris Najar.

    Najar said the state had reduced the charge from second-degree murder to voluntary manslaughter and waived the charge of tampering with evidence.

    “So we will not be having this hearing today,” Najar said.

  • LETTER: Outraged by official reactions

    I am absolutely disgusted by the actions, not only of the police officer involved in the recent story that ran in the paper about a woman being allegedly abused, but by the actions of police Chief Gary Gold and District Attorney Richard Flores. This officer, at the very least, should have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of the allegations, but instead the chief states that he is still on duty because it was a personnel matter?...

  • LETTER: Wind turbines create uncertainty

    I used to live around Bernal, right at the foot of Starvation Peak. Cleofes Ortiz was my landlord, friend and neighbor. I lived there for several years in the ‘70s, had owned property in the area and was currently hoping to find a nice parcel to build a passive solar adobe. My wife and I looked at a few properties in the Blanchard area and would have bought a charming eight-acre site we like until we learned of the proposed wind farm in Rowe Mesa.

  • City to look at utility rates

    The city plans to hire a consultant to study rates for water, wastewater, solid waste and natural gas, the mayor says.

    Officials expect the study to include the creation of a water rate structure that would encourage conservation and a review of the basis for sewer charges, according to a city press release. It would also examine the controversial transfer of money from the utilities to the city’s general fund, which pays for everything from police to parks.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    thumb UP for ... AN EXTENSIVE RESUME. Roberto Rios starts Monday as the new executive director for the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp. His resume in economic development and business goes back more than three decades, having held high-level positions in promoting development in both New Mexico and Arizona. He has quite an impressive resume, and we’re glad that he’s chosen Las Vegas as his next challenge.

  • DA seeks inquiry into allegations

    District Attorney Richard Flores has decided to ask the state police to investigate county jailers’ allegations that a Las Vegas police officer threatened a woman in the county jail’s booking area.

    He made that decision after the Optic sent copies of the jailers’ reports to the district attorney’s office. Although the reports had been referred to Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold in March, the DA’s office had never seen them.

  • Students help out local animal shelter

    Gabriella Gonzales broke open her treasured piggy bank as second-graders at Union Elementary School began their quest to show that they could make a difference in their community.

    They had recently learned in a social studies class how other kids are giving their time and effort to good causes, and that they, too, could become citizen heroes.

  • COLUMN: Did passport really expire?

    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — What exactly is an expiration date? Much after the fact, I pondered that question following a hassling by a usually-friendly staff of customs-passport inspectors at the airport in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    This is our third trip here. Our passports, acquired in June 1999, show proof of our visits to this area twice before, in 2006, 2008 and this year. The policy is for each visitor landing at Kastrup International to furnish proof of residency.

  • LETTER: Industrial wind, decentralized energy

    When we elected Obama we voted for change. Before he could take office, our economy collapsed, caused by the greed of bankers and corporations, their influence on policies, their tax havens abroad and their unashamed drive to enrich themselves at the expense of the well-being of the majority of us. Our voices had been silenced by the power of their wealth.