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Today's News

  • County changes panel after criticism

    The San Miguel County Commission this week decided to change the composition of its oil gas task force after some contended that it was heavily weighted toward the industry.

    County officials said they wanted to change the makeup of the 10-member task force after they received disclosure forms from applicants.

    In April, the commission formed the task force to make recommendations for an ordinance that would deal specifically with oil and gas drilling. No requests for drilling are pending, but there are some in neighboring counties.

  • RHS probation kept quiet

    Diehard Robertson High School football fans know that the team won the state championship in 2005 and 2006.

    But it wasn’t publicly known that the New Mexico Activities Association placed the football program on probation for two years.

    The information came out in a lawsuit filed this week by victims in the sexual assaults during a football camp in August 2008. It was included to demonstrate alleged incompetence and negligence in the program.

    Three school board members interviewed this week said they had no idea about the probation.

  • Vegas man gets 10th DWI

    A Las Vegas man was charged with his 10th DWI over the weekend, with an officer’s having to place a spike strip to stop him, state police said.

    Michael Benavidez, 49, 2328 N. Gonzales St., was charged with aggravated DWI, driving on a suspended or revoked license, evading an officer and having an open container of alcohol.

  • Little League

    The following are recent results and upcoming games for Little League.

    LVLL games take place at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent results:

    TUESday, June 29

    Las Vegas minors (tournament): Red Sox d. Dodgers, Diamondbacks d. Padres, Cardinals d. Mariners, Cubs d. Rockies

    WEDNESday, June 30

    Las Vegas minors (tournament): Red Sox d. Diamondbacks, Cardinals d. Cubs

    Upcoming games:

    FRIday, JuLY 2

    Las Vegas minors (tournament final): Red Sox vs. Cardinals, 6:30 p.m.

  • Letter: Does that banner yet wave?

    In the nearly 40 years I have been here to enjoy the Fiestas de Las Vegas, they have always included a great parade. Parades here are wonderful and attendance is spectacular.

  • 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:

    FRIday, June 25

    Las Vegas softball (tournament final): Lady Devils 11, Stars 0

    SATURday, June 26

    Las Vegas majors (tournament final): Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

    Upcoming games:

    WEDNESday, June 30

    Las Vegas tee-ball: Indians vs. Dodgers, Padres vs. Braves, 5 p.m.

  • North-South coming

    The annual Class 3A North-South All-Star boys’ and girls’ basketball and football games are slated for July 9-10 on the Highlands University campus.

    Participants from across the state will arrive in town early this coming week for practices and activities. A committee of local volunteers headed by Connie Trujillo coordinates the event.

    See the Optic next week for more on North-South.

  • Little League all-stars named

    Save for this week’s Las Vegas Little League minors baseball tournament — during which the Red Sox will try to repeat as champions — local Little League fans’ attention is turning to the district all-star tournaments, which begin July 10 in Raton.

  • City enacts tougher penalties

    The city’s new water conservation ordinance increases penalties for violators and urges big users to install water-friendly fixtures.

    Last week, the City Council passed the ordinance after going through several versions over the last few months.

    The ordinance is considered the first of a two-part strategy for conservation. The second is expected to bring more progressive water rates — in other words, even higher rates as a customer uses more water. Those new rates are slated to come before the council later this year.

  • Deputies, jailers vote for union

    San Miguel County’s jailers and deputies on Wednesday unanimously voted for a union to represent them.

    It may well be the first time in the county government’s history that workers have formed a union, officials say.

    All 22 employees who took part in the election supported having the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees as their representative in negotiations with county officials.

    Twenty-eight were eligible to vote; probationary employees, who have been with the county for less than a year, couldn’t take part.