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Today's News

  • Union backs state proposal

    The head of a local union representing state employees is happy with Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to deal with a more than $400 million budget deficit.

    The governor is proposing 3 percent across-the-board cuts, excluding schools.

    Patrick Gutierrez, president of Local 1380 of the American Federal of State, Municipal and County Employees, said his union appreciates that Richardson isn’t calling for layoffs or furloughs.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On Aug. 15, Mora had its first car show and hot-rod run.

  • Editorial: Boards change for the better

    In recent times, West and East school board meetings have become much more lively. Undoubtedly, that makes for more interesting news stories.

    More important, the more engaged discussions reflect democracy in action. And this is the way it ought to be.

    We don’t want debates to get personal, and for the most part, they haven’t. But to make better decisions, it’s important to figure out all the pros and cons beforehand.

  • Editorial: Control the dogs

    Deborah Barrera says she was attacked by a Seventh Street resident’s dog while walking her own dogs a few weeks ago. The city, however, is suggesting that her own dog bit her in the incident.

    Regardless of which side of this controversy you believe, one thing’s for sure — loose dogs are commonplace in Las Vegas. Sometimes it’s only an annoyance, with dogs doing their business in someone else’s yard, but there are other times in which it’s an actual threat to safety.

  • Tigers, Eagles win XC Jam

    Los Lunas’ girls and Belen’s boys dominated the field in Saturday morning’s Meadow City Cross Country Jam held at a sun-splashed Rodriguez Park.

    For local schools Robertson and West Las Vegas, the meet was seen as more of a chance to get younger runners some experience — and at least in the WLV girls’ case — allowing some depth to shine through.

    Pecos, a regular in the Las Vegas meet, had a good day, placing third in the boys’ varsity race behind Belen and Peñasco.

  • Leader: Most want easing of dress code

    If you like a good argument, all you have to do is get in the middle of a discussion about dress codes that are in place at area schools.

    After Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero said at a earlier meeting that he opposed dress codes, he promised school board members that he would survey middle school parents on the issue.

    Romero went through the unscientific survey where respondents were pretty much split on whether a dress code is necessary or if they thought the code prevents problems. 

  • Official criticizes utilities audit

    A city councilman on Wednesday criticized an audit into credits for utilities bills, calling it inadequate and urging the city to finish the job itself.

    Earlier this month, State Auditor Hector Balderas approved the audit, which was performed by Albuquerque-based Accounting and Consulting Group. But City Councilman Morris Madrid said the audit left many questions unanswered.

    In particular, Madrid questioned whether the auditing firm interviewed key people involved in an $81,000 credit for Luna Community College’s natural gas bill.

  • Cougars edge Cowgirls 2-1

    The Highlands Cowgirls fought back from a 2-0 halftime deficit Sunday but the rally fell short in a 2-1 loss to visiting Colorado Christian.

    NMHU is 1-6 overall and 1-2 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. CCU is 5-0-1 and 2-0.

    The Cougars struck early in the match when Mallorie Kenczewicz scored in the fifth minute. Jessica Smith added a goal at the 22:35 mark, and that would hold for the halftime score.

  • Stories differ in dog bite case

    A victim in a local dog bite incident said the city is lying to protect a prominent family. Her account, and the city’s, differ strongly.

    On Aug. 21, Deborah Barrera was walking her dogs down Seventh Street. That much Barrera and the city agree on.

    But from that point on, versions of events differ. Barrera, in an interview with the Optic, said that a bull mastiff owned by Carlos Sandoval charged through an open gate, attacking Barrera’s terrier and biting her hand when she attempted to intervene.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb DOWN for ... A SECRET TRUTH? Roberta Vigil, the former head of West Las Vegas’ bilingual trial, got her day in court when the state charged her with fraudulently spending public money. She was represented by one of New Mexico’s best attorneys, Sam Bregman. After a week-long trial earlier this year, the jury found her guilty. That’s the way the system works.