Today's News

  • First things first

    What to plant first? Most people who decide they want to have a garden  just go out and plant their flowers or veggies.

    When the plants don't do well, or even die, they conclude that they don't have a "green thumb" and move on to other things.

    Their problem is that they began at the end of the process. There are other things which must be cultivated first.

  • Survey focuses on joining of districts

    Some local politicians don’t like to even mention the issue of consolidating the two Las Vegas school districts.

    A Highlands University class, however, is taking the issue head on.

    Throughout this week, a marketing research class led by Professor Margaret Young is gauging the community’s views on ideas to consolidate the West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City Schools districts.

  • EDITORIAL: Path is a good idea

    Over the years, the San Miguel County government has shown that it is forward-looking with its projects. For instance, a planned crusher operation is expected to cut the costs of maintaining roads. And a proposed transfer station with a railroad spur is expected to make the county’s solid waste operations more efficient.

    In the last few years, the county has completed a new courthouse and a public health office. This is real progress.

    Now, the county is planning a pedestrian-bicyclist path along Cinder Road. We wholeheartedly endorse this project.

  • Mariachis progress quickly

    They seem like they’ve been performing for years. But it’s only been a few months.

    Children in the 21st Century mariachi after-school program have already wowed a crowd at Fiesta de la Hispandad and are now heading to a big show in Tucson, Ariz., for the International Mariachi Contest in a few weeks.

    Ben Lucero and Emily Maestas, the co-directors of the young mariachi group, have had extensive musical careers themselves.

  • Right on track

    Robertson’s girls’ track team made itself right at home in the West Las Vegas Invitational.

    And no, that’s not simply because the meet was held at Cardinal Stadium on Saturday.

    The RHS girls, coached by Benny Ortiz, placed second behind mighty Rio Rancho, piling up 62 points, ahead of Hope Christian (53), Pojoaque (42), Santa Rosa (34) and WLV (25), along with a dozen other schools. The Rams had 117.

  • Dem chairman wins big

    In a landslide, Martin Suazo was re-elected to another term as San Miguel County’s Democratic Party chairman on Saturday, but some protested the credentials of certain delegates.

    Suazo, a Las Vegas stove salesman, won with 84 votes to 10 for Ambrose Castellano, the chairman of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. The vote occurred during a nearly three-hour party convention at West Las Vegas Middle School’s cafeteria, two days after the party conducted precinct meetings in which delegates were elected.

  • County touts benefits of path; some residents disagree

    Some residents touted the health benefits of a path for pedestrians and bicyclists along Cinder Road. Others called it a waste of money and questioned whether it would impede community irrigation ditches.

    San Miguel County held its third public hearing last week on the proposed 1.5-mile path that it hopes to begin building soon.

    The path is part of a long-term plan to link the city’s riverwalk, which the county hopes to eventually extend all the way to the United World College in Montezuma.

  • State plans to measure water use

    New measuring stations on the Gallinas River should give the state a better handle on how much water acequias are using, officials say.

    It’s been a slow process, but the state engineer’s office has entered agreements with 11 of 12 area Las Vegas-area acequias — community ditch organizations — to allow the installation of state-funded measuring stations to tabulate water use.

  • LETTER: Don't give honor to a living person

    I read the Optic headlines wanting the new dorm at New Mexico Highlands University named after Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas. I applaud the regents for not wanting to name the dorm for a living person. There is one building or wing already.

    If you are going to name a building, name it for person who has passed on. Preferably an educator who was from the community and is remembered by many.

    My nomination would be Silas Lopez, NMHU alumnus, teacher, principal, superintendent. He served the community of Las Vegas for many years.

    Benito Duran

  • East board closes the doors

    During a special noontime meeting of the Las Vegas City Schools board, members quickly called for a vote to go behind closed doors. The only item on the agenda was limited personnel matters relating to the superintendent and school matters.

    After about an hour, board members returned to public session and board President Phillip Vigil an-nounced that no action was taken, and the meeting was adjourned. None of the members would talk to the Optic about what was discussed.