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Today's News

  • Val Kilmer sells ranch for $18.5M

    The Associated Press
    and Optic staff

    Actor Val Kilmer has sold the bulk of his 5,300-acre ranch in northern New Mexico to a Texas oil and gas executive and his wife for $18.5 million.

    The deed transfer filed Sept. 30 with the San Miguel County Clerk’s Office indicates Kilmer sold all but 141 acres to Benjamin A. Strickling III and his wife, Roxann, according to the Santa Fe New Mexican.

  • Walking for a cause
  • West board OKs change order

    Football is in full swing at West Las Vegas High School and all their home games are being played at New Mexico Highlands University’s Perkins Stadium.

    The Frank Herrera Football complex has undergone several facelifts including artificial turf. On Thursday, the West Las Vegas School Board voted unanimously to approve a change order to continue the improvements at the complex. The vote  was taken after a lengthy executive session.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 17, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 17, 2011

    Cannon meeting is Tuesday

    Air Force officials will take public comment from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Highlands’ Kennedy Lounge, 905 University Avenue, on the proposed low altitude training area.

  • Weather - Oct. 17, 2011

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 75. North wind 10- 20 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming south.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. South wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 39.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 70 and a low around 37.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • For a good cause
  • Que Pasa - Oct. 17, 2011

    WEDNESDAY
    MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Even Monsters Need Haircuts” by Matthew McElligott and the theme is “Trick or Treat.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • What’s owed

    San Miguel County officials are preparing another batch of liens against property owners who have run up thousands of dollars in unpaid trash collection bills. Last week, the finance department gave commissioners a list of 207 property owners who owe between $1,199 and $1,742 on accounts going back to mid-2003. Altogether, we’re told, the tab totals about $300,000.