Today's News

  • 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.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... LOUD AND CLEAR. Members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op rejected nearly all of the 18 proposed changes to its organizational bylaws last weekend, and we want to applaud the membership for one big decision in particular. Requiring the utility to follow the state’s open meetings and open records laws is critical for the co-op’s credibility.

  • Letter: The impact on property values

    Industrial wind developers like to dismiss local community residents as NIMBYs (not in my back yard), when they object to development within a few hundred feet of their homes.

  • Code cops making progress

    The city’s two new uniformed code enforcement officers are making headway on the issues of loose animals and illegal parking, officials say.

    The city recently transferred such responsibilities from the Community Development Department to the Police Department.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said that in a recent two-and-a-half week period, the two officers, Jacob Herron and Rodney Perea, had issued 50 citations, including  warnings.

    They also captured 42 loose animals, the chief said.

  • Woman celebrates 100th birthday

    Lucille Frances Katherine Duran celebrated her 100th birthday Sunday with many family and friends.

    After services at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Duran was presented a bouquet of flowers as the Rev. John Brasher and the congregation sang “Happy Birthday” and “Las Mañanitas.”

  • Center offering activities for teens

    Area teenagers will have plenty of fun activities available to them in July.

    The City of Las Vegas’ Recreation Center is inviting teens to take part in a series of events especially for them.

    Teen Sundays, aimed specifically at those in seventh through ninth grades, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. July 11, 18 and 25. For a fee of $3 per Sunday, they will be admitted to the center and can take part in activities including swimming, dodge ball, volleyball, games, music and a pool party.