Today's News

  • Allegedly intoxicated woman accused of striking 71-year-old

    An intoxicated woman was arrested after she hit a 71-year-old man with a glass last week, state police said.

    Patricia Y. Sanchez, 49, 1222 Sixth St., was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, using a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, the 71-year-old man told officers that he was at his house in the early morning hours of Friday when he got into a dispute with Sanchez.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    LVLL games take place at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    FRIday, June 25

    Las Vegas softball (tournament final): Lady Devils 11, Stars 0

    SATURday, June 26

    Las Vegas majors (tournament final): Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

    Upcoming games:

    MONday, June 28

    Las Vegas tee-ball: Dodgers vs. Red Sox, Giants vs. Mets, 5 p.m.

  • Sox silence Yanks in classic pitchers' duel

    Colin Pedro of the Red Sox and Brandon Trujillo of the Yankees combined for nearly two dozen strikeouts Saturday night in the defensive gem that was the Las Vegas Little League majors baseball championship at Keyes Park.

    Both pitchers were superb on this evening, demonstrating good command and mowing down batter after batter in the late innings.

    But it was Pedro and his top-seeded Red Sox who prevailed, taking a 3-0 win and adding a title to manager Rick Armijo’s collection.

  • Parts of county flooded

    New Mexico Homeland Security Secretary John Wheeler and other state officials visited San Miguel County on Friday, helping emergency management officials with damage assessments from flash flooding along the Pecos River.

    The floods hit Bernal, a village just south of Las Vegas, N.M., on Thursday night. The National Weather Service estimated up to 3 inches of rain fell over a very short period.

    Initial reports indicated there was bridge damage and road closures.

    Other villages affected include Corruco, Ojitos Frios and San Rafael.

  • City initially overlooked low bid for housing contract

    The city’s housing authority had already picked a firm to handle an electrical project, but officials forgot to open one of the bids.

    LM Electric was originally considered the low bidder, but after the bidding process, the city discovered that it hadn’t opened JR Electric’s bid. JR had the lowest bid.

    Last week, the housing authority asked the council to approve JR as the electrical contractor.

  • Members of utility seek openness

    MORA — Members of the area’s rural electric cooperative voted Saturday to require the utility to follow the guidelines of the state’s open meetings and public records laws.

    Meanwhile, they rejected a proposal to make it easier to move the headquarters —which many believed was a first step to move the cooperative’s base of operations from Mora to Pecos.

  • Lady Devils cap unbeaten season with title

    Friday’s championship game between the Lady Devils and Stars — the top two Las Vegas Little League softball teams of the year — was close for a while.

    Then came the second inning, and it was all Lady Devils.

    Manager Angela Pino’s crew punctuated a perfect season in LVLL play with an 11-0 romp in the title game. They did it using the same formula that has worked all season — a combination of stingy pitching, getting on base and making defenses pay with wily baserunning.

  • Editorial: Tackling the big issues

    If the Las Vegas City Council does its job, it faces uncomfortable issues. In so doing, its members may not always win popularity contests.

    At its regular meeting last week, the council voted to take the first step toward an ordinance that will raise the local sales tax by 25 cents for every $100 in purchases.

  • Letter: Shaking up Mora County

    “Mora County had the equivalent of a political earthquake,” said David Giuliani in the June 7 Optic.

    Two Mora County Commission seats were taken by John Olivas and Paula Garcia during the primary election June 1. Uncontested for the November ballot and new to political life, Olivas begins his four-year term as the District 2 commissioner this coming January, while Garcia will run against Republican opponent, Antonio Pino in District 1.  But with 61 percent of the primary vote, her win in November should be for certain.  

  • As It Is: Political decisions

    Every sheriff in New Mexico gets to pick his own undersheriff. It’s a political appointment, so the undersheriff doesn’t have much job protection.

    If the under-sheriff looks at the boss in the wrong way, then the sheriff can get rid of him.

    In March, when Mora County Undersheriff Tim Marquez decided to run for sheriff against his boss, Roy Cordova, the sheriff quickly fired him.

    At the time, I thought that seemed acceptable — that’s just the way it works.

    Now, I’m wondering whether it should work that way.