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Today's News

  • Resilient Vigil wins again

    State Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, trounced his nearest rival in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

    He will face Republican Mel Root in the November general election, as he did two years ago.

    In Tuesday’s election, Vigil prevailed with 48 percent of the vote to former school administrator Barbara Perea Casey’s 38 percent. Newspaper publisher Chris Lopez got 8 percent, while Luna Community College employee Eric Cummings finished last with 6 percent.

  • Work of Art: An unexpected delivery

    It’s not the isolated bag that somehow gets dislodged from a moving pickup or a Wal-Mart bag that shoots out the window when Missy cranks the handle.

    No, instead, what a residential area in Camp Luna inherited Tuesday morning, compliments of some anonymous donor over the Memorial Day weekend was more than a dozen bags of trash, garbage, organic stuff, important records, school reports, sensitive material from hospitals and welfare agencies, a partially used prescription, and several dozen empty DVD cases.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On behalf of Samaritan House Inc., we would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to The Catholic Foundation, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, for their 2009 Grant Award of $5,000.

    The application was sponsored by Immaculate Conception Church and submitted by two of our board members, Katie McDonough and John Geoffroy.

  • Sheriff prevails; commissioners lose

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil fended off four rivals in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, while two San Miguel County commissioners lost their bids for re-election.

    Vigil took far less than a majority, garnering 35 percent of the vote. His nearest rival, Joseph Santillanes, pulled in 34 percent, while Roy Pacheco got 17 percent. Following were Ben J. Lujan at 9 percent and Clarence Romero at 5 percent.

  • Editorial: Rescind the pay hikes

    In this weak economy, our local government agencies shouldn’t be giving raises to its top officials. Doing so sends a bad message.

    Unfortunately, West Las Vegas’ budget includes pay hikes for its associate superintendent and business manager — this during a time when West is set to lay off eight first- or second-year teachers.

    Under the budget, the business manager’s annual salary would increase from $70,000 to $90,000 and the associate superintendent’s from $89,000 to $95,000.

  • Kilmer plans to speak to County Commission, official says

    “Batman” actor Val Kilmer has agreed to show up for a County Commission meeting later this month to explain controversial comments attributed to him, a county official said Tuesday.

    County Attorney Jesus Lopez confirmed that Pam Sawyer, the manager of Kilmer’s Rowe ranch, had informed the county that the actor planned to show at the meeting, barring some other event on his schedule.

    She declined to comment Tuesday.

  • Little League

    The following are upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League. La Plaza games take place at Rodriguez Park off Grant Street; Las Vegas games at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2

    La Plaza majors: Dodgers vs. Cubs, 7:30 p.m.

    La Plaza minors: Marlins vs. Angels, 5:30 p.m.; Cubs vs. A’s, 8:30 p.m.

    La Plaza tee-ball: Cubs vs. Red Sox, 5:30 p.m.; Phillies vs. Brewers, 6:30 p.m.; Indians vs. Dodgers, 7:30 p.m.

  • Adult softball

    Las Vegas Optic

    The following are recent scores and upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league. Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex off of Grant Street.

    Men’s division

    Upcoming games:

    Wednesday, June 2: The Best vs. Dream Team, 6:15 p.m.; Buzzards vs. Vegas Boyz, 7:30 p.m.; Louisville Chuggers vs. Blaze, 8:45 p.m.

    Women’s division

    Upcoming games:

  • New Luna AD speaks out

    The following is an interview with Ron Gonzales, who is overseeing the softball and baseball programs at Luna Community College.   Have you already met with the student-athletes and coaches and if you did, what did you tell them?   I have had the opportunity to meet with the head coaches and staff to discuss the goals and objectives of the program, with the main goal being to provide an environment that promotes personal, academic, athletic and social development with the strong emphasis on academic achievement. &nbs

  • Three locals all-state baseball

    Las Vegas high school baseball hit a triple when the all-state teams were announced this past week.

    West Las Vegas senior Jared Gallegos and Robertson’s Nicholas Aragon and Girard Maestas all earned selection to the Class 3A all-state team.

    Gallegos was chosen as one of six first-team all-state pitchers. He also made the second team as an outfielder.

    As one of two main starting pitchers for the Dons this past season, Gallegos went 3-3 and posted a 5.35 earned run average with 67 strikeouts and 15 walks.