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Today's News

  • Rec center to be closed on Sundays

    Because of a budget crunch, the city plans to close its recreation center on Sundays.

    “The city has been supplementing $500,000 a year at the rec center. The costs just continue to increase,” City Manager Timothy Dodge said. “Sunday is the day that we’ve identified as the most underutilized at the rec center.”

    With the tough economic times, the city needs to find ways to cut costs so as to avoid layoffs, Dodge said.

  • Letter: Water director needs degree

    I would just like to say there was a time when Las Vegas citizens could water every day and could wash their cars, being a mountain community. In most cities, the water is recycled. Here in Las Vegas, N.M., the water is received from snowfalls and rain as well.

    On the first week of April 2010, I saw a job posting in the Optic in regards to a position I believe was water director. The job description read the qualifications were a high school and experience and/or some experience, equal to a bachelor’s. This most important position requires an engineering degree.

  • Hopefuls debate donations

    One candidate for District 70 state representative said last week that two of his rivals have been “bought and paid for.”

    In response to a question about incumbents having the ability to attract big money, candidate Chris Lopez said he and another candidate, Eric Cummings, had not served as legislators, while incumbent Richard Vigil and Barbara Perea Casey had.

  • Editorial: 50 percent turnout

    Last week’s forum for San Miguel County Commission candidates, sponsored by this newspaper in conjunction with the Committee For the People, was lively and informative — and incomplete. Only three of the six candidates running showed up.

  • What a year

    A dream season for New Mexico Highlands University baseball came to an end Saturday night in Farmington courtesy of the underrated St. Cloud State Huskies.

    St. Cloud State cut a late rally short and dealt Highlands a 12-8 loss in an elimination game that also determined who would face Minnesota State in the NCAA Division II Central Regional final on Sunday at Ricketts Park.

    NMHU finished 41-13 overall.

    Entering the regional as the sixth seed, the Huskies were responsible for both of top seed NMHU’s defeats in the six-team, double-elimination affair.

  • Revolving door at jail an issue

    Some residents are pushing San Miguel County to seek money for a center that would reduce the number of repeat visits to the jail.

    Seventy percent of the jail’s inmates come back again, while 80 percent of them have substance abuse problems, say members of the jail’s citizens advisory committee.

  • Letter: Thoughts for this year's graduates

    Every year around graduation time, I like to share a message to all graduating students from President George Bush Sr. On the day he was sworn in, he gave the following advice to all young people:

  • Fifth teen pleads in assaults case

    SANTA FE -- A fifth teenager has pleaded guilty to charges in a case involving the 2008 sexual assault of fellow members of the Robertson High School football team.

    Lucas Martinez pleaded guilty to three felony charges for his role in sodomizing fellow members of the Robertson High School football team with a broomstick.

    The 18-year-old will be sentenced under juvenile rules next month.

    Three other former players have been sentenced to terms in a state juvenile facility. A fourth defendant also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced on June 4.

  • Lady Dons make final four

    In the end, only District 2-3A rival Raton — and really, just one or two productive innings — stood in the way of a spot in the state championship game.

    West Las Vegas shocked third-seeded Portales 11-4 in the first round of the Class 3A state softball tournament on Friday in Las Cruces.

    Then the Lady Dons, the 14th seeded team in the field, upended sixth-seeded Miyamura 7-5 in the quarterfinals.

    Those two upsets moved West into a Saturday morning semifinal matchup with Raton — the district champion and the No. 2 team in the state.

  • Little League

    The following are the baseball and softball scores reported to the Optic by La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League for the past week’s action.

    TUESDAY, MAY 11

    Las Vegas minors: Cubs 14, Dodgers 3; Padres 9, Cardinals 8

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 12

    Las Vegas softball: Pink Sox 10, Stars 9; Psychlones 19, Longhorns 19 (will resume at later date)

    Las Vegas majors: Red Sox 24, Mets 14; Reds 13, Rockies 6

    THURSDAY, MAY 13

    Las Vegas minors: Cubs 8, DBacks 3; Mariners 2, Padres 1

    FRIDAY, MAY 14