Today's News

  • LV commuters want another bus

    A group of commuters is asking the state to provide another bus on the route between Las Vegas and Santa Fe.

    The state says it may be able to accommodate that request by as early as December. The state’s Park and Ride program provides low-cost bus service for a number of routes in New Mexico.

    Local commuters report that the buses are crowded, requiring people to stand at times.

  • County decides to ban wolves

    In the San Miguel County Commission’s mind, it’s the big, bad wolf. Others disagree.

    Last week, the commission voted unanimously to ban the wolf — domestic and wild — from the county.

    A month earlier, ranchers had asked the commission to pass such a change to its ordinances, saying that the animals would pose a threat to their livestock. It’s based on a fear that the federal government will launch a Mexican wolf reintroduction program in northern New Mexico, as it has done in the Gila National Forest in the southern part of the state.

  • Guardian angels

    It was quite a turn of events for me. But I saw the best side of human nature.

    Area elementary school students were having a grand time learning about nature and the environment. It was during the annual Earth Day festivities at the U.S. Forest Service back lot on Seventh Street on April 24.

    I was there covering the event for the Optic and climbed aboard a large National Guard troop carrier where kids were getting a chance to sit in the driver’s seat.

  • WLV High School Choir performs

    A disciplined and serious — and lighthearted — group of young people prowled and pounced around the wood-floored room. They were practicing a song from the musical Cats. Clear strong voices filled the air. This group of sixteen singers from the West Las Vegas High School Honors Choir will delight music-lovers at the City of Las Vegas Museum on Wednesday, May 21, at 6 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the City of Las Vegas Museum.

  • competition and rivalry

    For years, East vs. West was the biggest high school rivalry. Everything seemed to be measured by if you played for Robertson or West. Every football game and basketball game was sold out and the season’s success was determined by whether you defeated the cross-town rival.

  • State rep's residency questioned

    Bengie Regensberg, a District 68 state representative candidate, says there’s no doubt where he lives — Cleveland, just north of Mora.

    But he said there’s a big question about where his rival, Thomas Garcia, resides.

    The men are running against each other in the June 3 Democratic primary.

  • Officials stay away from second meeting

    This week, two City Council members have stayed away from meetings, with one publicly criticizing the mayor. Amid the controversy, a radio DJ played a recording of a wailing baby to poke fun at the two councilmen.

    On Thursday, Mayor Tony Marquez presided over a meeting to create a draft strategic plan for the next two years. Councilman Morris Madrid was a no-show, while Councilman Cruz Roybal stayed for a half hour, saying he had another city meeting to attend.

  • Volunteer: City shows lack of respect

    A volunteer took the City Council to task last week for what she considered its berating of people who are devoting their time to the community.

    During the public input portion of the council’s meeting, Barbara Smith, who is active with Keep Las Vegas Beautiful group and the Las Vegas Tree Board, protested the council’s treatment of volunteers. She emphasized that she was speaking for herself and not for the two groups.

  • Turning the artistic tables

    As the school year snakes toward summer, school workers across the county hold their breath in anticipation, wait for the last bell to chime, the last report card to compose, the last classroom to clean.

    The end of May means graduation preparation, means prom music and decorations to choose, means exhibit and event designed to showcase each student’s intellectual, social, and artistic progress throughout the academic year.

  • Changing of fire department's name subject of dispute

    More than 150 residents in the Pecos Canyon want to name their fire station after a former San Miguel County commissioner who is running again for the same post in June.

    But the County Commission turned back the effort, saying it wanted to receive input from firefighters in the Pecos Canyon Fire Department and members of the Fire Chiefs Association.