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Today's News

  • County to Kilmer: Show up

    The San Miguel County Commission wants actor Val Kilmer to explain himself — in person.

    The commission is considering a proposed lodging business on the “Batman” star’s ranch near Rowe.

    Kilmer’s neighbors have complained about his comments to national magazines, which they see as degrading toward northern New Mexico’s Hispanics and veterans.

  • Vigil paces RHS

    Estevan Vigil has a need for speed.

    Robertson’s senior standout, a veteran of state championship football and wrestling teams and an individual state champ in a number of track events, has ventured into many an athletic endeavor.

    But he still loves the pure thrill of running at top speed, so much so that the prototypical sprinter’s sprint, the 100-meter dash, is too slow for him.

    Huh?

  • RHS, SFIS split

    Marka Garcia’s two-run triple was a walk-off winner for the Robertson softball team Wednesday against Santa Fe Indian. The 17-6 mercy-rule win gave the Lady Cardinals a split of their home finale doubleheader.

    SFIS won the first game 12-8.

    Robertson closes the regular season Saturday at West Las Vegas.

    In Wednesday’s opener, RHS rallied from a 10-5 hole on the strength of Brandy Garcia’s three-run double in the fifth inning. But an infield error helped the Lady Braves score twice in the seventh, and the home team was unable to answer.

  • RHS alive in state tennis fray

    Robertson’s tennis teams will look to claim titles as the focus of this week’s state tournaments turns to the team competition.

    Team brackets get under way Friday morning at the Albuquerque Academy campus.

    Singles and doubles tournaments wrapped up Thursday. (See the Optic Web site, www.lasvegasoptic.com for updates.)

    As of press time, the only local score of note had been finalized — the RHS boys’ duo of David Romero and Marcus Alcaraz lost 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, to Bosque School’s Eric Deichmann and Tim Patten on Wednesday evening.

  • Letter: Pray for our world

    Thursday was our national day of prayer. We need to pray for our world.

    Older readers may remember the Cold War, when for some 40 years America had constant tension with Communist Russia. We were all afraid of an accidental, terrible war with atomic weapons that could kill millions of people.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A GOOD MOVE ... Highlands University regents passed a policy regarding the naming of buildings on campus. Wisely, it excludes current employees or politicians while in office.

    Thumbs DOWN for ... A MOVE THAT COMES UP SHORT. However, Highlands property can still be named after sitting regents — a provision that we wish had also been prohibited. Best to take politics completely out of the naming of facilities, we think.

  • Letter: Enforce ordinances or repeal them

    The city of Las Vegas has ordinances that prohibit the obstruction of sidewalks by business activities. Unfortunately, when obvious violations are brought to the city’s attention, no action is taken.

  • Dramatic win on course

    Just one stroke made the difference Monday as Robertson’s Lady Cardinal golf team stunned host St. Michael’s for the district championship.

    With regular tournament play closing and Robertson and St. Mike’s tied with a 375 team score, a playoff was ordered at the Santa Fe course.

    Continuing the strongest day of play to date, RHS delivered.

    “It was nerve-racking,” said RHS coach Gene Gurule. “The girls stuck to their game plan and came out on top ... The girls did awesome.”

  • Esquibel leads West

    Some time Saturday evening, Linda Esquibel will finally be able to rest.

    The West Las Vegas senior hasn’t had much opportunity to do that over the last four years or so. In the fall, she’s played volleyball and run cross country. In the winter, she’s been a key starter for a strong girls’ basketball team. And in the spring, it’s track and field and a host of events that showcase her athletic versatility — jumps, hurdles, mid-distance runs, relays.

    Oh, and she’s a member of a state championship choir, too.

  • Couple charged in local stabbing

    A couple is accused of stabbing a woman at their house last week.

    Judy Padilla, 30, 1222 Seventh St., and Charlie Vigil, 48, were charged with allegedly attacking a woman visiting their house around 1:30 a.m. April 28.

    According to Magistrate Court documents, the alleged victim got into a fight with Padilla’s sister inside the house. Then Padilla allegedly got involved, and the altercation was taken outside.