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Today's News

  • Walkers complete Fiesta 5K course

    The following are results of the 5-kilometer walk held as part of the annual Las Vegas Fiesta Memorial Run on July 4. The course runs from the San Miguel County Fairgrounds south on Hot Springs Boulevard to the Old Town Plaza.

    Organizer Joe Whiteman said the walk is one of the more important segments of the overall event because it encourages regular physical activity for people of all ages as part of an overall lifestyle of wellness.

     1. Teresa Aragon, 49, 31:04

     2. Donald Gleason, 56, 33:18

     3. Maria Martinez, 32, 34:19

  • Police: Men throw cans at officer

    Two Las Vegas men are charged with throwing a beer can at a city police officer.

    Arrested were Rudy Valdez, 21, and Roland Romero Jr., 24, on charges of aggravated battery, a fourth-degree felony, and conspiracy, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    Around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Eric Padilla was driving in the 100 block of Independence Avenue when a couple of beer cans were thrown at his squad car — one going through an open passenger window and striking him in the head, Montaño said.  

  • Letter: Co-op members voted wisely

    As a member of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op and a former general manager of the Co-op, I would like to thank the members of the Co-op for their vote recently regarding the bylaw elections. I, along with several co-op members, attend the monthly board meetings and we as a group have a good understanding of the happenings at the Co-op. We will continue to monitor what happens at the co-op and keep the membership informed.

  • Work of Art: Why protest a spelling bee?

    For the third time in my career, I’ve participated in a spelling bee, but no, not as a participant (my eighth-grade classmate, Ermalinda, beat me, and others, out).

    Once, while I was still teaching, Betty Leger and George Fidel invited me to be a pronouncer at West Las Vegas High School. Later, I served as a judge at the Baha’i School in Manuelitas.

  • Editorial: Trash rate hike needed

    It would be easy for us to condemn the city for even considering raising its garbage rates by 43 percent for residents — from $14 to $20 a month per household.   

    We could urge the city to find more efficiencies within the solid waste department and scour the federal and state bureaucracies for every available grant. And we could warn the city that any rate hike would hurt the elderly and others on fixed incomes.

    Indeed, that would all be true. At the same time, we would be avoiding hard truths.

  • Letter: Ready to call out racists and bigots

    This is in regard to statements attributed to Rob Knowlton on June 22, in reference to my disapproval to statements attributed to Val Kilmer, who made disparaging racist statements against those of us who reside here in San Miguel County, primarily our Hispano/Mexicano residents.

    Let’s get the facts straight. I did not call for a police state, probably ordered by Gov. Richardson, a close friend of Val Kilmer, since the governor made sure that Val Kilmer would have protection when there was no evidence claiming harm would come to Val Kilmer.

  • Teen jumps off train

    A 15-year-old boy jumped off an Amtrak train near Watrous early Wednesday morning.

    He was flown to a hospital in either Santa Fe or Albuquerque because he suffered injuries in the jump, state police said.

    Officers are trying to figure out where the boy is hospitalized, so they can interview him to see what happened, Lt. Eric Garcia said.

    No other information was available, Garcia said.

  • Jury: Ex-cop innocent

    A former San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy was found not guilty Tuesday of an alleged attack on a man in his home.

    With tears welling up in her eyes after the verdict, Bolivar said, “I would like to thank all the people who believed in me, including my family, my attorney, my biggest supporter (Sheriff) Benjie (Vigil), and God.”

    The eight-woman, four-man jury reached its verdict after the two-day trial.

  • Some claim wind rules too restrictive

    The San Miguel County Commission is considering a proposed ordinance that would keep wind farms three miles away from residences.

    The only exception would be when all affected residents within a three-mile area agree to a variance.

    However, some believe the three-mile setback is too restrictive, effectively keeping out wind farms.

    For the last year and a half, a county task force has been drafting the proposed ordinance. During that time, the county has had a moratorium on wind farms.

  • Review: Turning back the pages of time

    Susan Jensen and Paul Singer’s “Cowboy Shindig” in Las Vegas’ Plaza Hotel Ballroom last Sunday afternoon entertained a crowd of close to 200.

    J&S Productions’ media package had invited folks with “pull on your boots and screw down your hat,” and some attendees, indeed, were wearing the proper garb. No matter, though, as all the branding, roping, riding and ranch work was confined to the screen.