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Today's News

  • Big turnout for Fiesta Run

    A record 421 participants — ranging from 1-year-old toddler Micah Padilla in the children’s event to octogenarian Donilia Nieto in the 5-kilometer walk — made this year’s Fiesta Memorial Run a runaway success.

    Sean Stan, 19, nipped Patrick Ortiz, 21, for the 10-kilometer run overall title on Sunday morning; three seconds separated the two at the front of the pack, which traversed from Montezuma to the heart of Old Town.

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    The Meadow City Umpires Tournament, held June 18-19 at the Rodriquez Baseball Complex, was a successful event. My gratitude is extended to all the participants — players, umpires, bookkeepers, and fans — and certainly to the sponsors whose contributions allowed the two-day tourney to become a reality.

    Sponsors were All-Terrain Transmissions, Community First Bank, Divine Dental, Expert Auto Detail, Hair Innovations, Hillcrest Restaurant, Pam’s Flowers, Subway and Urban Wear.

  • Local fans can see top athletes in action

    It’s North-South week in Las Vegas, and that means local fans will have one last chance to see some of the Class of 2010’s premier athletes in action before they leave their high school heroics in the rear-view mirror.

    A week full of practices and activities culminates with the Class 3A girls’ and boys’ basketball games beginning at 5 p.m. Friday at the Wilson Complex, followed by the Class 3A football game kicking off at 6 on Saturday evening at Perkins Stadium.

  • Letter: A dangerous precedent

    I’m angry. I’m angry at the depth and breadth of the hypocrisy exposed by this Val Kilmer “issue.” What happened to the “clear and present danger” that could have affected the county’s health and safety county attorney Jesus Lopez advised would result if the commission approved Mr. Kilmer’s application?

  • Editorial: Equality, rights and liberties

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to

  • Fiesta-fun weekend

    Raton native Andrew Padilla barely noticed his sunburn Saturday afternoon while he was at Fiestas de Las Vegas. He said he was having such a good time.

    “This is awesome, seeing all the vendors and entertainment,” Padilla said.

    Many out-of-towners plan their vacations around the Fourth of July, so they can join the many events surrounding the fiestas. Others come home to see family and friends, which makes it a good time for class reunions. 

  • Little League

    The following are recent results and upcoming games for Little League.

    Recent results:

    FRIday, JuLY 2

    Las Vegas minors (tournament final): Red Sox 13, Cardinals 3.

    Upcoming games:

    SATURday, JuLY 10

    La Plaza, Las Vegas and Mora Little League 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 baseball and softball all-star teams at district tournament opening day, Raton

  • County looking at tax hike

    San Miguel County is poised to ask voters to raise the countywide sales tax.

    Officials said the tax would pay for the operation of an emergency communications center, emergency medical services and the provision of behavioral health services, including alcohol and drug abuse treatment.

    The tax would amount to one-fourth of 1 percent of the amount of purchases — or 25 cents for every $100. It is expected to raise $900,000 annually.

  • 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.

    Men’s division

    Recent scores:

    WEDNESday, JuNE 30

    Hackers 20, Buzzards 2; DB’s Milkmen 23, The Best 2; Vegas Boyz 13, Tecolote 11

    Upcoming games:

    MONday, JuLY 5

    Tecolote vs. Dream Team, 6:15 p.m.; DB’s Milkmen vs. Buzzards, 7:30 p.m.; Vegas Boyz vs. Blaze, 8:45 p.m.

  • As It Is: Let’s not deny the truth

    Recently, the Las Vegas Council passed a resolution condemning the new law in Arizona requiring police officers to check the immigration status of anyone they stop or detain whom they suspect is in the United States illegally.

    Will this lead to racial profiling? Many believe it will; I’m with them.