• I’d like to follow through on a letter that I wrote in August but never mailed to you. But after watching one of our young lady players get hurt, I felt I had to say something. Because of the city’s neglect and misuses of our tax money, our children and grandchildren are put in danger every soccer season.

    I guess there must not be any children or grandchildren belonging to our City Council members who play soccer. Our soccer fields would not be in such sad shape if there were. Particularly, Richard “Pancho” Padilla’s soccer field.

  • If Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, is as well-informed about the trust that his employees place in him as he is about the pro-union rally that took place at the end of October, we can discount much of what he said before the County Commission, as reported in the Optic on Dec. 11.

    Grogan stated that the rally was coordinated by David Giuliani, managing editor of the Optic. He claimed that Giuliani incorrectly represented the rally as a community event.

  • The fire department is waiting too long. I watched as sirens roared for 22 minutes before the engine moved to the fire hydrant.  The windows weren’t broken for over 32 minutes allowing the smoke to be seen. They let it burn hotter!

    My fire department is expected to drive a truck with a water tank on it and run over grass to park closer to the fire and break windows while putting the hose to the fire. This would cut down on the fire damage to our area, making investigations easier.  

    Amongst all of the issues.  

  • Las Vegas Special Olympics would first like to thank all the businesses that send donations to our annual contribution letters. Without these donations, LVSO would not be able to operate.

  • It’s really amazing how political power works. We have good cops, bad cops and corrupted cops. We have good cops who have respect and good relations with the public and do a good job. Then we have bad cops who abuse their powers; they think just because they have a badge and a gun they can do whatever they want and abuse the public. Then we have corrupted cops; these cops have a wicked mind. They steal and/or embezzle whatever they think they can get away with.

  • The family of Glenda Fernandez are asking for any type of donation you are able to provide to assist Glenda with medical expenses. Glenda was a victim of a DWI car accident and sustained severe injuries, she will need extensive medical treatment.

    Any donation will be greatly appreciated.

    Please call me at 505-617-0209 or by mail to P.O. Box 622, Las Vegas, NM 87701.

    Thank you very much for your assistance.

    Desiree Garza

    Las Vegas


  • When you think of the Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas Schools, you also need to keep in mind a little known local agency of the New Mexico Public Education Department, the Northeast Regional Education Cooperative.

    The cooperative was established in 1984 and is housed at the Teacher Education Building on the New Mexico Highlands Campus.  It is one of nine in the state — the others are located in Gallina, Raton, Albuquerque, Clovis,  Hobbs, Artesia, Ruidoso, and Truth or Consequences.  

  • I guess Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons’ true colors are coming to their true light. In spite of absolutely no public support, and no support from the governor’s office, the attorney general’s office and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish or its commission, Commissioner Lyons will shove the proposed land trades down our throats and negate all of the opposition to this travesty and move forward with his proposed deal with his friends.

  • Thumbs DOWN for ... STILL PENDING. Once again, a habitually divided Las Vegas City Council has rejected the Charter Commission’s recommendation to establish a runoff process for municipal elections. This time, it was a new idea — to allow the council to decide with each election whether to go with instant runoffs or a separate, second election between the top two vote-getters — that derailed the recommendation.

  • Today and almost everyday I see lawbreakers at work. In the streets especially.

    I consider myself a law-abiding citizen with good intentions for all.

    People do not drive the speed limit posted in this town. Many people drive 10 to 25 mph above the speed limit on Grand avenue and other roads.

    If we are to have peace and less rage and road killings, we the citizens must report these law breakers.

    Get the license plate numbers and descriptions of the vehicles. Call police.

    What happened to respect? Why do they do that? Where is the love?

  • The Fernandez, Quintana, Brito, Armijo and Valdez families would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all first responders and the staff of the Air Ambulance who were present the day our precious family member, Glenda Fernandez, was involved in a head-on crash in Sapello.

  • Friendly reminder from the sheriff

    We would like to wish all the citizens of San Miguel County and our visitors Happy Holidays. The San Miguel Sheriff’s Department will be enforcing all laws to ensure that everyone is safe.

    We would like to remind everyone not to drive if you plan to drink alcohol. Together we can make a difference in keeping our roads safe for everyone.

    Benjie Vigil

    San Miguel County Sheriff


  • After years of paying a flat fee for 2,000 gallons of water, whether we used 2,000 gallons or not, I have decided to pay for what we use.

    I believe in conservation and efficiency. I believe that my city should encourage conservation and efficiency.

    With the $5.82 saved, Betty Quick and I will go out on the town! We will go to the Travelers Café and treat ourselves to two small coffees and two oatmeal-raisin cookies.

    Happy Holidays.   

    Bob Wallace

    Las Vegas

  • Possibly due to strict upbringing, or maybe because of a year with Sister Immer Richtig at Immaculate Conception School, I’m accustomed to saying, and, especially, hearing, “That’s wrong.”

    Teachers are discouraged from using the “w” word, lest somebody’s ego gets crushed and Mommy and Daddy need to run interference for the brutalized child.     

    Let me explain:

  • The Las Vegas City Council will likely consider a proposed city charter at its meeting today. Then it would go to voters in the March 2 municipal election.

    The charter serves as the city’s constitution. The existing one has been in effect since the two Las Vegases joined nearly four decades ago.

    Under the proposed charter, the city would be considered a home-rule community. That means it would have more latitude to form the city government it desires, rather than following state-imposed restrictions.

  • San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz has now announced what many already suspected — he is running for Las Vegas mayor.

    In revealing his plans, Ortiz promised that he wouldn’t shake up the city administration. Rather, he plans to keep the city manager and other departmental directors.

  • Often, the government is criticized for not planning ahead, so we should give officials credit when they take the long view.

    San Miguel County doesn’t have any requests for oil and gas drilling permits pending. Nonetheless, county commissioners have expressed an interest in updating what little is on the books regarding oil and gas regulation.

  • The answer to abortion is simple: No unplanned pregnancies. Yes, it is that simple.

    How do we eliminate unplanned pregnancies? By providing comprehensive sex education in our schools and readily accessible and freely available birth-control to all. That’s the solution.

    So why is abortion such a tumultuous controversy? This obvious and simple solution would eliminate the need for the majority of abortions.

  • Every year about this time, we begin sifting through the year’s Optics to select the biggest local stories of the year. I’ve always enjoyed this year-end chore, but this time around we’re going to do it differently.

    This year, you get to be the judge.

    Today, on Page B7, you’ll find a master list, compiled by copy editor Art Trujillo, of the big local stories covered by the Optic in 2009. I ask that you go through this list and rank the top 10 stories of the year.

    The rules for participation are simple:

  • We’re glad to see Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, present his side of the story involving the hospital’s relationship with the union that was voted in a couple years ago, but we’re sorry to see him fall into the trap of “blaming the messenger” for some of his troubles.