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Letters

  • 3-mile setback is a protection

    The wind industry’s standard setback of 1500 feet is only based on the height and structure of the tower in case of “blade throw.”

    One turbine emits at its source about 97 decibels several hundred feet above the ground. This is as loud as a DC-9 aircraft. Multiply this by how many turbines are in a wind farm.

    The revised ordinance introduces this noise as a reason for its setback; that the normal outdoor background sound level of a proposed site be the starting point for determining the distance between one turbine and a home.

  • Ordinance will kill wind farms

    On Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 1:30 p.m., the San Miguel County commissioners will vote on an ordinance to govern wind farms in the county. As the ordinance now stands, it will essentially kill all wind farm development in the county.

  • Is the misconduct institutionalized?

    Let’s review a couple of Optic news stories from Dec. 1.

    The first story is about the Las Vegas City Schools district paying a $375,000 civil settlement for its role in the case of a former Robertson High School teacher who allegedly preyed sexually on a student over a period of several years. The former teacher is still facing 15 criminal counts of sexual conduct with a minor. Given that the district threw money at the alleged victim before she had even filed a lawsuit, it is apparent that the district was desperate to limit its legal exposure in this case.

  • Archiving items from films

    The Las Vegas Film Commission is in the process of archiving Las Vegas film and theater arts photos, posters, programs, news articles, etc. Film has been a part of Las Vegas for more than 100 years and we want to make sure that we showcase and archive our rich history for future generations.  

  • An angel for Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a day to thank the good Lord for all and everything that he provides for all of us. But it is also a day to thank people like Helen Rivera owner of the Sombrero Restaurant for the kindness and generosity that she extends to everyone and anyone who comes through the door on that special day — people looking to spend a day of thanks with people who are looking for the same thing.  

  • Mil Gracias

    Once again Las Vegas has shown its amazing generosity.  CROP Hunger Walk Las Vegas 2010 collected $11,438.49, a record for our Walk! 

  • Don't be hasty with search

    The City Schools needs a new superintendent, and we strongly advise it not do so in haste. Inasmuch as school board elections are within the next two months, the current board should refrain from acting.


    There is an excellent option available from the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators, where a retired superintendent can fill an interim position while the search for a well-qualified candidate is done.

  • Gurule-Giron right to ask questions

    Who is this Timothy Dodge to require that he censor questions presented by our elected officials? He must be reminded he works for the taxpayers of this community, and when an elected official requires questions of a staff member, he must be put in his place and reminded he does not run the city without guidance and consent of our elected council  members. Ms. (Tonita) Gurule-Giron has every right to demand answers to her concerns, especially in this era of secret hires — have you seen all the new hires at the city?

  • Mil Gracias

    I express my profound gratitude to the workers at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. I was at the ER recently and the service I received was super excellent.


    Special thanks to Dr. J. Carrellas, who is so courteous and patient, Jeff Ortiz, RN, who is outstanding in his service and treatment. During my wait he would come in and check on me. These people are real pros.

    John Maya
    Las Vegas

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the Las Vegas Letter Carriers, we would like to thank the community of Las Vegas. The nonperishable food items you donated amounted to the biggest food drive we have ever had. More than 7,000 pounds of food items were collected.


    Your donations filled the food banks of the Soup Kitchen, Samaritan House and Senior Citizens Center. Thanks again for your kind generosity.


    Charlotte Wootton
    Lora Latta
    Las Vegas Letter Carriers