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  • State to stock Gallinas with trout

    The state plans to restock the Gallinas River in Las Vegas next week, an official said.

    Chris Cudia of the state Environment Department said the Game and Fish Department will put in an estimated 300 to 400 trout into the river, as it did a year ago.

    Game and Fish stocked the river last year for the first time in about a decade, Cudia said. That was after a Game and Fish official walked along the river inside town and determined that the waterway was a better habitat, he said.

  • Area artist wins $502,000

    A San Jose, N.M., man claimed a $502,000 prize from the New Mexico Lottery last week.

    Paul Mathews’ ticket for the April 16 Roadrunner Cash drawing matched the winning numbers of 12, 14, 24, 26 and 28.  

    After buying a used car, Mathews said he plans to give the rest of his prize to children and grandchildren.  

    “I’ll still be a starving artist,” he said, “but I’ll be a contented artist.”  

  • Layoffs likely at East schools

    The Las Vegas City Schools will likely lay off some employees for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

    That’s to help wipe out an expected shortfall of $1.1 million, which is more than 7 percent of the budget, an official said.

    The layoff may affect at least a half dozen first-year teachers and some principals, said Rick Romero, the school district’s superintendent.

    The school board may make decisions on the budget at a meeting late Thursday afternoon.

  • THURSDAY STORY: County to Kilmer: Show up

    The San Miguel County Commission wants actor Val Kilmer to explain himself — in person.

    The commission is considering a proposed lodging business on the “Batman” star’s ranch near Rowe.

    Kilmer’s neighbors have complained about his comments to national magazines, which they see as degrading toward northern New Mexico’s Hispanics and veterans.

  • Judge nixes plea deal for ex-deputy

    The former San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy accused of beating up a man while she was in uniform was expected to plead guilty in connection with the alleged attack on Monday.

    But state District Judge Eugenio Mathis rejected a plea deal between her and prosecutors.

    Inez Bolivar, 30, was set to go on trial on Tuesday for allegedly attacking her former boyfriend on Sept. 20. She was on duty and armed with a gun at the time.  

  • Theater director says HU shouldn't cut program

    Highlands University theater director Robert Woods says he would teach for free.

    His theater arts program has been on the chopping block, but lacked the kind of support that had just saved two sports programs last week.    

    After the Board of Regents voted to keep rodeo and wrestling, the room was filled with smiles and good cheer.

    So it was an odd juxtaposition when Andre Garcia Nuthmann and Robert Woods marched to the podium to argue that theater arts was important, too.  

  • New policy on naming of buildings

    You’re a politician? Still in office? Then don’t expect to see your name on Highlands University buildings.

    Last week, the Highlands University Board of Regents voted on a naming policy for its buildings. The regents added two guidelines to the four that came out of the Academic Affairs committee.

    However, nothing in the guidelines prevents the name of a sitting regent being honored. 

    In reviewing the guidelines, Regent Pete Aguilar said the proposed policy doesn’t address whether an honoree must be living or dead.

  • County official says she lives here

    San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia says she doesn’t live in Sandoval County, as was indicated in an assessor’s document.

    Instead, she contends the document is a cut-and-paste job.

    Garcia, who is running for a second term, said her main home is on El Llano Road, which is north of Las Vegas and in her District 1 County Commission district.

  • No more anonymous comments

    I have pulled the plug on the online comments at the end of our Optic stories and commentary.

  • N.M. has 'tyrannical administration'

    Former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., came  with his son Pete Jr. to Las Vegas on a recent day to promote the son’s gubernatorial campaign.

    However, neither the senator nor his son is a stranger in these parts. Sen. Domenici was considered the driving force in getting the millions of dollars to build the Ivan Hilton Science and Engineering Building at Highlands University. Pete Jr. is the attorney in a local land grant dispute.