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Today's News

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb UP for ... A DELAYED BUT GOOD REACTION. The charges against San Miguel County sheriff’s Deputy Inez Bolivar are serious. She is accused of breaking into a house and beating up a man while wearing her uniform and carrying her gun.

    At first Sheriff Benjie Vigil put her on paid administrative leave, then allowed her to keep her squad car at her house. But a few days passed and stronger disciplinary action was taken —Bolivar was dismissed from the force. In our judgment, that was a wise move.

  • City grapples with tax issue

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

    In the summer, a high-profile Albuquerque boxing promoter was quickly approved for city money to help advertise a local event.

    It’s not so easy for others.

    Kenny Zamora, owner of the Santa Fe Trail Events Center, has been trying for years to get city lodgers tax funds to help him advertise his annual roping events that he contends bring in upwards of 1,500 participants and hundreds of thousands of dollars to the community.

  • Vegas to get major conference

    The Las Vegas Board of Realtors has announced that the state meeting of the Real Estate Association of New Mexico will be holding its spring 2011 meeting in Las Vegas. It's the first time the state meeting will be held in Las Vegas.

    Las Vegas was selected because of an increase in its motel room count and its expanded ability to host a large group in one meeting room. Association members said Las Vegas is surrounded by beauty and history, and they look forward to having the conference here.

  • Letter: Misunderstanding regarding expenses

    This letter is in reference to a benefit Poker Run scheduled for Saturday. There has been a misunderstanding. All funeral expenses have  been met for Danny Garcia by the insurance. I greatly apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and would like to thank everyone for their prayers for me and my family.

    Debra Archuleta

    Las Vegas

    Editor’s note: Archuleta is Danny    Garcia’s mother.

     

  • HU looking to buy nearby properties

    Highlands University may buy properties near campus, including some next to the new dorms, where residents have complained about noise and other problems.

    At a meeting last month, the Board of Regents approved the purchase of two properties. One was at 1004 Mora Ave., which is surrounded by the new dorms and is known as “The Little Green House.” The other was a small piece of land next to what will become the new student center on Columbia Avenue.

  • Letter: Still frustrated by the parade litter

    At last week’s Homecoming parade for West Las Vegas High School I saw a bunch of football players from East School District in their jerseys wait for the end of the parade with large plastic bags in hand and fall in at the end of the parade.

  • Veterans service starts

    San Miguel County plans to begin on Monday its service taking veterans to appointments at the veterans hospital in Albuquerque.

    The service will initially be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and riders should give the county a week’s notice about their appointments.

    The service will be run out of the county’s DWI prevention program because that agency already has drivers on hand.

    Wendy Armijo, the DWI program’s coordinator, said the county may later change the times of service as it gets feedback from riders.

  • RHS linksters win big

    Robertson’s girls’ golf team qualified its second leg (of three) for the 2010 state tournament by winning the Sandia Prep Invite this past week in Albuquerque.

    The Lady Cardinals had a 395 team score, led by Jamie Allen (who shot a 91) and Jayme Quintana (95) to place third and fourth, respectively. Allen and Quintana also qualified their second leg individually.

  • Letter: An encounter with the Swayzes

    We would like to share our experience meeting Mr. Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa. It was  July 4, 2008, on Collins Drive during the fireworks display. Pepe and I with daughter Katelynn always park on Collins to view the fireworks every 4th of July, but on this night it was different. Pepe asked the gentleman in a big white dual truck if we can park next to him and Patrick Swayze responded back by saying “I don't see why not.” We backed up our minivan, unloaded our chairs and Pepe said to me quietly, “Guess who that is?

  • Sheriff fires deputy

    On Tuesday, Sheriff Benjie Vigil contended that battery charges against his deputy, Inez Bolivar, were false.

    A day later, he decided to fire her.

    San Miguel County Manager Les Montoya confirmed Thursday that Vigil was giving notice to Bolivar of her termination. He said the sheriff made the decision because of the charges against her.

    Vigil’s decision was on the same day as a story appeared in the Optic on a Sept. 20 incident allegedly involving Bolivar.

    Vigil didn’t return a message for comment on Thursday.