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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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 16

    Dream Team 17, The Best 10; Hackers 30, Buzzards 2; DB’s Milkmen 16, Blaze 1

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESday, June 23

    Tecolote vs. Blaze, 6:15 p.m.; DB’s Milkmen vs. Hackers, 7:30 p.m.; Louisville Chuggers vs. Dream Team, 8:45 p.m.

    Standings:

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The members of the Robertson High School Close Up @ WDC Club, along with their advisor, wish to thank the following businesses for their donations to their raffle:

  • Mora gets more certified deputies

    The Mora County Sheriff’s Department has two new certified officers in its ranks.

    Americk Padilla and Amos Espinoza graduated from a law enforcement academy in Farmington last week. That brings the total number of certified officers to four, including Sheriff Roy Cordova and Sgt. Michael Benjamin.

    Another deputy is expected to graduate from an academy in late August.

    The department is also planning to hire another deputy.

    Benjamin said Monday that having five certified deputies is likely the most the department has had at one time.

  • Mentor of the Month: 'He made us his life'

    For many years, both Gary Leger and his FFA students have been recognized locally, statewide and nationally for their achievements.

    But the real testament to his teaching skills came from the students themselves. He just called them “his kids.”

    Leger died in a car accident Wednesday night in Oklahoma; he had been attending an agricultural teachers conference.

  • Commentary; 'No, I want to hug you'

    Last Thursday morning, I received a call from a friend and associate, “Lupita, are you sitting down?”

    “What’s the matter? Tell me.”

    “Well, I don’t know how to say this, but ....”.

    I learned that a dear friend and former colleague at Robertson High School, Gary Leger, had been in an auto accident near Oklahoma. He was airlifted to the nearest hospital, in Amarillo, but died a bit later.

  • Editorial: Taser ban is smart

    We’re glad Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold has decided not to use the electroshock weapon known as Tasers in his department. He said the history of lawsuits and the number of reported injuries that stem from their use led him to conclude that they are just too risky. We think he’s doing the right thing by banning their use.