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Today's News

  • Commission sets meeting for Kilmer

    San Miguel County officials have invited actor Val Kilmer to appear before them next month to address a controversy surrounding long-ago comments attributed to him.

    Earlier this month, the County Commission delayed a decision on the actor’s request for commercial lodging on his Rowe ranch because of the comments. The commissioners wanted the “Batman” actor to explain himself.

    The county has set a special meeting for 1:30 p.m. June 23 at the old County Courthouse to hear Kilmer.

  • Editorial: Not always so simple

    The problem with conventional wisdom is that sometimes it’s incomplete. That’s the lesson we want to pass along to this year’s graduates.

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    MONDAY, MAY 17

    None reported.

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 19

    La Plaza majors: A’s vs. Cubs, 7:30 p.m.

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

    La Plaza tee-ball: Padres vs. Marlins, 5:30 p.m.; Yankees vs. Cubs, 6:30 p.m.; Red Sox vs. Phillies, 7:30 p.m.

  • Violence suspect accused of drugs

    A man who beat up his girlfriend also had marijuana plants growing next to his house, state police said.

    Ignacio Villanueva, 34, of Villanueva was arrested May 10.

    According to Magistrate Court documents, Villanueva got angry because he didn’t go to his girlfriend’s family’s house for a Mother’s Day dinner because they didn’t like him.

    The girlfriend admitted to slapping Villanueva, state police said. After she did that, he allegedly threw her out of the house, hitting, slapping and kicking her.

  • Union official: County could save money

    A union is criticizing the San Miguel County Commission for hiring a firm to deal with employees who want to organize.

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has been talking with workers about forming a union. So far, jailers and sheriff’s deputies have expressed an interest, officials say.

    Enrique Mejia, a union organizer, said he has found 90 percent support among jailers and deputies. As such, he said it would be a waste of money for all concerned to have an election.

  • Seven apply for West post

    The West Las Vegas school district has received seven applications for superintendent.

    On Monday, the school board reviewed the applications behind closed doors. It plans to interview the candidates next Monday.

    The candidates are:

    • Gene Parson, principal of West Las Vegas High School

    • Ruben Cordova, former associate superintendent of West Las Vegas

    • Kaye Peery, former superintendent of Zuni schools

    • Darlene Ulibarri, assistant superintendent of the Pecos schools

  • Rec center to be closed on Sundays

    Because of a budget crunch, the city plans to close its recreation center on Sundays.

    “The city has been supplementing $500,000 a year at the rec center. The costs just continue to increase,” City Manager Timothy Dodge said. “Sunday is the day that we’ve identified as the most underutilized at the rec center.”

    With the tough economic times, the city needs to find ways to cut costs so as to avoid layoffs, Dodge said.

  • Letter: Water director needs degree

    I would just like to say there was a time when Las Vegas citizens could water every day and could wash their cars, being a mountain community. In most cities, the water is recycled. Here in Las Vegas, N.M., the water is received from snowfalls and rain as well.

    On the first week of April 2010, I saw a job posting in the Optic in regards to a position I believe was water director. The job description read the qualifications were a high school and experience and/or some experience, equal to a bachelor’s. This most important position requires an engineering degree.

  • Hopefuls debate donations

    One candidate for District 70 state representative said last week that two of his rivals have been “bought and paid for.”

    In response to a question about incumbents having the ability to attract big money, candidate Chris Lopez said he and another candidate, Eric Cummings, had not served as legislators, while incumbent Richard Vigil and Barbara Perea Casey had.

  • Editorial: 50 percent turnout

    Last week’s forum for San Miguel County Commission candidates, sponsored by this newspaper in conjunction with the Committee For the People, was lively and informative — and incomplete. Only three of the six candidates running showed up.