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Today's News

  • LETTER: Death penalty not a deterrent

    In his recent “sheriff’s corner” Optic article, Mora County sheriff Roy Cordova expressed concern for the safety of police officers now that capital punishment has been abolished in New Mexico. He’s so right to be concerned for officer’s safety; they have a dangerous job which goes terribly underappreciated in our society. I’m reassured by their presence, hard work and dedication to the safety and humanity of everyone in our community and I favor  measures which would decrease their hazards.

  • EDITORIAL: New energy

    Recently, the recreation center gave its customers questionnaires to gauge how well it is serving them. We applaud this effort.

    The center’s new director, Robin Abreu Martin, has been working hard to improve the services. She recently reported to the City Council about how she and her staff are addressing recommendations from a citizens advisory committee. Among other things, the center is getting a machine to scan members’ IDs and developing an hourly cleaning log.

  • LETTER: Petitioners still awaiting response

    Your readers may recall that in early March a letter accompanied by a petition signed by 180 people from the Las Vegas area was sent to Mr. Wayne Smith, chairman and CEO of Community Health Systems, the owners of Alta Vista Regional Hospital. The petitions asked that the corporation recognize the hospital workers’ legally chosen union and begin good-faith negotiations. It was pointed out that no responses had been received to the many personal letters sent to Mr.

  • Fries touts the positive at HU

    Highlands University President Jim Fries talked about some of the challenges the university will face because of budget shortfalls after recent action by the state Legislature.

    But he said there were also bright spots that people should also take note of.

  • Democrat takes case to state level

    Ambrose Castellano, who lost in his bid to become the chairman of the San Miguel County Democratic Party, is challenging the election’s procedures at the state level.

    Earlier this month, Martin Suazo, the chairman for the last eight years, won another two-year term at the county convention, getting 84 votes to Castellano’s 10.

    During the convention, Castellano and former Chairman Greg Salazar, whom Suazo beat eight years ago, both called into question the credentials of some delegates.

  • Las Vegas call center to close

    One of Las Vegas’ two call centers plans to close its doors at the end of the month, putting 48 people out of work.

    Vertex officials have announced that they plan to shut down the center, which is based at Highlands University, because of the loss of the center’s only client, Duke Energy.

    Vertex spokeswoman Diane Webb said the center will close April 30, but a team of managers will remain into May to move out.

  • COLUMN: Riverwalk is an overall plus

    A couple of weeks ago, I attended a more than two hour meeting on a proposed pedestrian-bicyclist path along Cinder Road. Backers touted it as a desirable extension of the riverwalk here in town.

    However, opponents claimed that the riverwalk is poorly maintained and that Cinder Road residents should expect the same thing.

    Up to that point, I had never walked or run on the entire length of the riverwalk. I have chosen other places for exercise over the years, including the tracks at Robertson High School and Highlands University.

  • Truant student faces DWI charge

    A reportedly truant Robertson High School student is accused of crashing her car after smoking marijuana, city police said.

    Last month, the 18-year-old girl was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and causing great bodily injury by vehicle.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, a police officer was on patrol when he noticed an accident at Sixth and Washington streets shortly after 11 a.m. March 12.

  • EDITORIAL: Public trust is priority

    On April 2, Steve Medina, the city’s wastewater utility supervisor, pleaded guilty to a petty misdemeanor charge of embezzlement. He admitted to having a city employee work on Medina’s personal vehicle on city time.

  • Good week on the diamond for LV prep teams

    Defending the home turf against quality district opponents apparently was a shared priority for Las Vegas’ prep baseball and softball teams on Tuesday.

    Robertson defeated Pojoaque 8-7 in baseball and 16-6 in softball. Meanwhile, West Las Vegas knocked off Santa Fe Indian 8-1 in baseball and 9-8 in softball.