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Today's News

  • A speeding sheriff

    Guadalupe County Sheriff Robert Chavez was in an awful hurry last weekend.

    He took the trip on N.M. Highway 518 from Mora to Las Vegas. He passed an Optic reporter’s car just south of Mora and proceeded to go at least 85 mph last Saturday afternoon.

    No emergency lights. No sirens.

  • Accepted to NMMI

    Submitted to the Optic

    Ryan Aragon has been accepted to New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell.

    He has attended West Las Vegas Schools from Head Start through 10th grade and maintains a 3.67 GPA and is ranked seventh in his class.

    His goals are to graduate from NMMI and attend the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He enjoys playing basketball and spending time with family and friends.

  • LCC awards scholarships

    Submitted to the Optic

    The following students have been awarded a $1,000 Horizon Scholarship: Bernadette Aragon, Brenda Calderon, Lila Fresquez, Bennie Gallegos, Amado Gonzales, Shannon Gonzales (Martinez), Justeen Griego, Shirley Griego, Britany Hamilton-Tatum and Elizabeth Herrera.

    Douglas Lopez, Felicia Lovato, Rebecca Morales, Amanda Padilla, Anna Padilla, Allison Sanchez, Barbara Travis, Jessica Travis, Thurston True, Vanessa Valencia, and Alexandra Vigil.

  • Offender now living in Las Vegas

    A plea agreement three months ago required that convicted sex offender Clifford Gutierrez move to Bernalillo or Sandoval counties.

    Last week, however, a judge gave the state Corrections Department the power to place the 34-year-old anywhere in the state. That includes Mora, where Gutierrez committed most of his sex crimes, although those involved say that’s unlikely to happen.

    These days, Gutierrez lives in the Camp Luna neighborhood just north of Las Vegas. He is registered as a sex offender at an address in that area.

  • Police seeking witnesses

    Las Vegas police are seeking any witnesses to the accident last Friday that killed Antonia Bernal, 59, of Springer.

    Authorities charged Nico Barela, 18, of Las Vegas with vehicular homicide and failure to render aid. He is accused of leaving the site of the accident after he hit Bernal and Steven J. Duran, who were on a motorcycle.

    The accident occurred at Baca and Grand avenues.

    Investigator Kenneth Jenkins said he wants to talk with anyone who saw the accident, particularly a couple of drivers who were believed to be in the area.

  • Thumbs

    UP thumb MISTAKE ADDRESSED PROPERLY. After revelations that the city violated its own ordinance by approving a Chamber of Commerce contract without running it by the Lodgers Tax Board — which had been disbanded earlier this year — the mayor and council took a step back to fix the mistake. A new board has now been named with able-bodied business people on it and the process can now move forward legally.

  • Budget OK'd, despite concerns

    Some City Council members on Wednesday acknowledged they had problems with the city’s proposed budget, but they unanimously approved the document to meet a state deadline.

    In so doing, they requested a work session within the next month to discuss their issues with the budget for this fiscal year, which began July 1.

    Just last week, a council majority rejected a first draft of the proposed budget because its drafters had revised the revenue without changing the cash balances and expenses.

  • Company plans call center in Las Vegas

    A customer service telecommunications center is taking over a Las Vegas building that housed another call center until it left late last year.

    Results Las Vegas, owned by Nevada-based Paramount Multi Services LLC, will have job applications and information available at an event Monday on the Highlands University campus welcoming the company. The center will be in the same complex where Alco discount store it.

    The company expects to be in operation by mid-September. Officials said it will bring 150 jobs.

  • Local issue, big implications

    SANTA FE — A curious situation down in Lincoln County apparently has elected officials throughout the state on edge.

    It all started when former Capitan mayor and deputy sheriff Steve Sederwall decided to run for sheriff as an independent. He checked with both the county clerk’s office and the secretary of state’s office to be sure he was doing everything an independent candidate needed to do to get on the ballot.

  • Project plagued with rain delays

    EL PUEBLO — The West Las Vegas board is looking at nearly $30,000 in change orders for the high school track and football field project.

    Architect Antonio Ortega told the West Las Vegas school board, meeting at Valley School last week, that there are three change orders in construction work that need the board’s attention.

    Ortega said Mother Nature was holding up progress on construction of the sports complex. He said rainy weather was playing havoc with the work schedule and causing other problems. The first phase is estimated to cost $1.1 million.