Today's News

  • Letter: Burglary adding to the pain

    It has not yet been a year since we lost our sister, Dana Konno.  The community has been amazing in its support and many positive remembrances of her, for which we are so grateful.

    On New Year’s Day, Dana’s home was burglarized. Along with valuables, such as jewelry and a computer, all her mementos were stolen. In addition, her identity papers and other important paperwork, credit cards etc. were taken.

  • Top 3A girls' teams meet today

    It’s bigger than No. 1 vs. No. 2.

    It’s No. 1 vs. No. 1.

    When West Las Vegas’ girls’ basketball team plays Lovington on Friday afternoon at Gillie Lopez Gym, it’ll be a matchup between the state’s top two Class 3A teams — and it’s rare for the Meadow City to host such a contest in any sport.

    The Lady Dons and the visiting Wildcat girls, who tip off at 3:30, are in the unique position of sharing the No. 1 ranking in the latest New Mexico High School Coaches’ Association poll, released Wednesday.

  • Las Vegas man dies in crash

    A Las Vegas man died when a car struck him while he was riding a motorcycle early Sunday evening.

    Joseph Roybal, 42, San Miguel County’s crusher facility foreman, was pronounced dead at the site of the accident at Seventh Street and Legion Drive. The crash happened around 4:30 p.m.

    According to police, Richard Vigil, 25, was headed south on Seventh in a SUV when he turned left onto Legion. In so doing, he struck the Roybal’s motorcycle. Roybal hit the side of Vigil’s car and became trapped underneath the vehicle, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

  • Letter: Charter changes challenge council

    If my memory serves me, the motion to create the city charter commission was initiated by Dr. Andrew Feldman.  

    This was the night that the interim city manager Ken Garcia recommended the firing of the Utility Director George DuFour. A motion was made and approved to form a charter commission to update the existing 40-year-old charter.

  • Editorial: Response to crash pathetic

    Wendy Armijo, who heads San Miguel County’s anti-DWI program, recently told the Optic that other states have zero tolerance toward drunken driving, but New Mexico does not. Sadly, she appears to be right.

    Case in point: The alleged drunken-driving crash involving a West Las Vegas school district employee behind the wheel of a district-owned vehicle.

  • Work of Art: Stranded somewhere in Europe

    The first installment of Work of Art, on May 1, 2003, declared that talk certainly is not cheap. In that column I mentioned paying more than $52, to listen to a woman, who spoke flawless Spanish, tell me my close relative had been detenida at a hotel in Tijuana.

  • Mortimer Hall to make way for center

    Mortimer Hall on the Highlands University campus is being demolished to make way for the university’s new student center that will be built at the northwest corner of National Avenue and Eighth Street.

    The building was named after Harold Mortimer. He was called Monte by his friends and was a prominent local medical doctor who delivered many of the city's newborns.

    He was one of the men who ruled Las Vegas in the 1940s and 1950s, serving as chairman of Highlands’ Board of Regents.

  • TUESDAY ONLINE STORY: Only one candidate for mayor

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz is the only candidate for Las Vegas mayor in the March 2 municipal election.

    Tuesday was filing day for candidates.

    Running for the Ward 1 City Council seat is former longtime Councilman Macario Gonzalez, who is facing Bruce McAllister, Roland Medrano and Tonita Gurule-Giron. The current councilman is Morris Madrid, who decided not to run for another term.

  • Stores cited for selling to minors

    Four Las Vegas businesses have received administrative citations and felony referrals for allegedly selling liquor to minors.

    State police Lt. Eric Garcia, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said that as part of Operation Holiday Cheer, 19- and 20-year-olds were sent into businesses attempting to buy alcoholic beverages. Thirty-one businesses in Las Vegas were checked, only four allegedly sold to the minors.

    Owners of the four businesses, Ray’s Liquor, the 77 Liquor, Pino’s restaurant and K-Bob’s, declined to comment.

  • East superintendent expecting more budget reductions

    The head of the Las Vegas City Schools says he wants to prepare the district for budget cuts.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said if the district were to base the 2010-11 budget on enrollment numbers after the 40th day of school, it would be $500,000 in the hole.

    “The district, by virtue of a special session, is having to deal with a 1 percent budget decrease. By this time, we can be assured that that 1 percent is now at least a 1.8 percent decrease,” Romero told the school board recently.