Today's News

  • Voters to decide on city charter

    Local politicos have differences over whether the voters should pass a proposed new city charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution.

    To be sure, the races for mayor and City Council are getting their share of attention this year. But voters’ most consequential decision in next Tuesday’s election will likely be on the proposed new city charter.

    The 35-page document would replace the one that has been in existence for four decades.

  • Price of city land in dispute

    A local businessman has agreed to pay the city $22,800 for land in the industrial park. That’s the appraised value.

    But at least one city councilman doesn’t think Ray Herrera of Ray’s Auto Sales should pay that much for the property.

    Councilman Cruz Roybal said at last week’s council meeting that he had driven by the land in the Dee Bibb Industrial Park and that Herrera would have to do much work to make the property useful.

  • Crowning achievement

    Courtney Ferguson was crowned the new Miss Las Vegas 2010, and Erin Scott won the title Miss San Miguel County in the annual pageant -- a prelude to the Miss New Mexico and Miss America stages.

    “I feel amazing, I didn’t think I did well in the interview, but I guess I did better than I thought. It’s just so exciting and a real eye opener -- I’ve never done anything like this, so it was definitely an experience of a lifetime,” Ferguson said.

  • Work of Art: Smile pretty for the camera

    ‘You must’ve been such a happy family. All your movies prove it.”

    That often came from people who sat through our home movies that showed us opening Christmas gifts sometime back in the ‘40s. Movies don’t lie, but they do exaggerate and can be manipulated.

    Need proof? Well, all of the movies of us Trujillos show us much mirthier, earthier and girthier than we really were. Back then. But now, if we take the time to view those pre-historic flicks, we appear quite slim. See? The exaggeration works both ways.

  • Letter: Bank's purchase an enhancement

    Congratulations to the Community First Bank of Las Vegas for purchasing the historic Crockett Building at the corner of Sixth and Douglas.

    You have great plans for the building, but most of all, you have made a wonderful contribution to this community by enhancing the beauty and importance of the downtown area.

    Kim Delgado

    Las Vegas

  • Letter: Give Tim Dodge a contract already

    In regards to our city manager and the mayor and council’s inability to enter into a contract with Mr. Tim Dodge, there are some observations that I would like to share with the citizens of our fine city.  

  • 'Pokes split at CSUP

    Drew Vassil tossed a seven-hit complete game for a 7-3 Highlands victory Friday at Colorado State-Pueblo in RMAC baseball.

    The 29th ranked Cowboys (6-1) lost 8-7 in game two.

    Phillip Rodriguez had four hits and three runs batted in on the day for NMHU.

  • Editorial: A board of watchdogs

    The West Las Vegas school board was right to enact a freeze of some budget items for the rest of this fiscal year. Tax receipts are down everywhere because of the poor economy, so it’s good that our officials are making sure unnecessary expenses are done away with.

    Of course, top officials at both our school districts have already been clamping down on spending. But the school boards have to be on top of financial matters.

  • County tries to prove its ownership of transfer station land

    San Miguel County is trying to prove its ownership of the land where the Bernal solid waste transfer station lies.

    County officials said they need to get that information to connect the site to the area’s rural electric utility, which needs to know who owns the easement so it can extend power lines.  

    As a result, the employee who mans that site has had to spend much time in his truck to keep warm. An on-site building is wired for electricity; it just needs to be hooked up to the power system run by the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative.

  • City candidates debate the issues

    Candidates running for mayor and City Council met in a public forum last week. The election is March 2.

    The mayoral candidates are Daniel Holguin Sr., Alfonso Ortiz and Patrick Romero. The Ward 1 City Council candidates are Macario Gonzalez, Tonita Gurule-Giron, Bruce McAllister and Roland Medrano. In Ward 4, they are Joseph P. Baca Jr., David Romero and Michael Roybal.

    Monday’s Optic featured some of the topics addressed. Here are a few more:     

    QUESTION: How many hours per week will you put into the job if you are elected?