• California student seeks information

    My name is Gabriela Magaña. I am a fifth grader at Napa Valley Language Academy in Napa, Calif.

    The reason I am writing is that my class is doing state reports and I have chosen your magnificent state of New Mexico. I would really like it if you posted my letter in your newspaper so that I may get the help I need for my report. What I need from you or your readers are pamphlets, postcards, souvenirs or anything else that would be useful.

  • Mil gracias - April 11, 2014

    During times of need it is comforting to know that our community, at all levels step up to the plate to benefit others.

    Our high school youths are no different as I witnessed an extremely dedicated sophomore, Mr. Aaron Campbell, give of his time and talent to ensure that his fellow Las Vegas FFA Chapter Parliamentary Procedure contestants were well prepared for their state competition.

  • Former fire chief was a pioneer

    On March 14, 2014, the small community of Gallinas Canyon lost one of its most treasured pioneers, Luis Martinez.

    Although Mr. Martinez’s accomplishments were many, I will only address one at this time. My personal experience alongside Luis Martinez during the implementation of a volunteer fire department in our beloved canyon is what I wish to speak of.

    La Placita Volunteer Fire Department got its beginning in 1995 due in most part to fulfill a dream that Mr. Martinez had.

  • Carnegie entrance needs work

    I began using Carnegie Library shortly after I moved here 13 ½ years ago. I sat for a few years on the Library Board and thereafter, spent some time weeding and organizing the “rare book room.”

  • Unions make us strong

    Like the editorial board of the Optic (Monday, March 24), we are elated at the announcement (Friday, March 21) that the management of Alta Vista Regional Hospital and District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Workers have finally negotiated a contract. We were not so elated at the news, also in Friday’s Optic, that Gov. (Susana) Martinez may try to prevent union dues for state workers from being withheld from their paychecks, thereby greatly weakening the unions involved.  

  • Residents need a rational approach

    In response to a letter to the editor in the Las Vegas Optic dated May 21, 2014, and submitted by Mary Vermillion, Ojo Feliz, N.M., I find the comments she puts in her letter extremely offensive to the people of Mora. The people have been guardians of these lands for hundreds of years, and unfortunately in the recent past some people, have been remiss in their duty to the Creator to be caretakers of the Mother Earth.

  • En Mora, el agua es vida

    Is the right to property more valuable and important than the right to life?

    Greetings to all proud residents of Mora County. My name is Nancy E. Quintana, Colombian by birth, lawyer by profession and now adopted daughter of Mora County. This letter is written in Spanish, mother tongue of the people of Mora.

  • Alta Vista staff were wonderful

    I am writing this letter to acknowledge the professionalism of the emergency room staff at Alta Vista Hospital.

    Last Tuesday, March 18, the staff at the San Miguel County Assessor’s Office began feeling ill with an odor in the office. I immediately contacted Les Montoya, San Miguel County manager, who took quick action and instructed us to go up to the county commission chambers.

  • P&Z panel took concerns seriously

    I commend the Planning and Zoning commissioners for their willingness to listen to the viewpoints and information presented by the public at the recent open hearing. Recommending that the county commissioners take time to review the ordinance concerning oil and gas exploration in San Miguel County showed that they took seriously their responsibility as public officials responding to the concerns of people in the community. Such responsiveness in our public representatives is appreciated.

    Carol Winkel
    Las Vegas

  • Risk and cost of lawsuits in Mora

    Like many residents of Mora County, I have many concerns about oil and gas development in Mora County. I am disturbed that oil and gas drilling is not adequately regulated at the state and federal level, and I’m especially upset about the loophole put in place ...  that exempted fracking from certain environmental laws enforced by the EPA. I personally believe we need to restore and strengthen those protections.