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Today's News

  • Another Perspective: Perceptions about torture

    June is Torture Awareness Month, and to observe it, the Las Vegas group of Amnesty International will hold two events this Friday and Saturday.

    The Saturday event will be the annual vigil to remember victims of torture, taking place from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Sixth and National. The night before, the group will show a film, “The Response,” a dramatization of a panel of military judges deciding whether an alleged enemy combatant should be released from detention at Guantánamo, or continue to be imprisoned, perhaps indefinitely.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    LVLL games take place at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:

    SATURday, June 19

    La Plaza majors (tournament final): A’s 7, Yankees 2

    La Plaza minors (tournament final): Cubs 6, Marlins 5

    La Plaza softball (tournament final): A’s 19, Marlins 11

    MONday, June 21

    Las Vegas majors (tournament): Rockies defeated Mets; Giants defeated Cardinals

  • Senior Profile: Couple recalls war, early struggles

    Most of us would struggle recalling close to 90 years of memories, but Arturo and Marie Montoya do it with ease.

    Arthur George Montoya, born in Las Vegas in 1919, and his wife, Marie Gonzales, born in Clayton in 1921, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 15. These two have offered, and continue to offer, a wealth of information concerning life in early 20th century agrarian northern New Mexico and beyond, gleaned from their full lives.

  • Letter: A 'yes' vote for co-op proposal

    In response to the advertisement in the Optic about the Mora San Miguel Electric Co-op annual meeting: I find the ad offensive because it is factually incorrect, and misses the larger point. The ad states that one of the proposed bylaw changes suggests moving the cooperative to Pecos, which is not the case. In the spirit of full disclosure, I did not submit, write, or collaborate on proposal No.

  • Adult softball

    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

    Scores:

    WEDNESday, June 23

    Tecolote vs. Blaze, DB’s Milkmen vs. Hackers, Louisville Chuggers vs. Dream Team all cancelled due to rain and rescheduled for Tuesday, June 29

    Upcoming games:

    MONday, June 28

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... SHOW'S OVER. Val Kilmer gave an awkward apology at this week’s San Miguel County Commission meeting, saying he was sorry about what he says he didn’t say. And while that seems to be enough for most, it may not have been enough for his main antagonist, Abe Tapia, who was also put off by the “police state” approach to Wednesday’s meeting.

  • Kilmer apologizes

    Actor Val Kilmer on Wednesday apologized for comments attributed to him that many residents have considered derogatory toward Hispanics and veterans.

    Under a heavy police presence at the old courthouse, the San Miguel County Commission approved Kilmer’s plans to convert three guesthouses on the actor’s ranch property in Rowe into a lodging business.

    At a meeting last month, the commission delayed a decision on Kilmer’s request for the lodging business until he appeared personally to answer to criticism of his magazine quotes.

  • Letter: A 21st century change called for

    Apparently, the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative has not even considered using current technology to solve the distance-to-meeting problem for its membership. Simply employ video teleconferencing from the Pecos office during meetings. This technology has been available for at least two decades, is proven, and is increasingly popular in commercial settings as the cost of travel increases. There are a number of commercial services offering this technology; for instance, Go To Meeting or Webex, among others.

  • Suspect faces more prison time

    A man accused of killing another in a road-rage shooting faces another charge, which could mean more years in prison if he’s convicted.

    Richard Baca, 21, was facing a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the November killing of Benito Lemos, 22, in central Las Vegas. That charge carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.

    Now, he faces a charge of shooting from a motor vehicle, which has a maximum of 15 years.

  • Work of Art: Let's go buy some land mines

    All right, Tom Mullins, which version of your loose-lips-sink-ships inanity would you like for the public to bruit around?

    Republican Tom Mullins, who will face U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in the November general election, was on local radio station KNMX in May. Although he made the following quoted remarks about a month ago, before winning the recent primaries, the full impact of the statements appeared in the press only last week.