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Today's News

  • Union official: County could save money

    A union is criticizing the San Miguel County Commission for hiring a firm to deal with employees who want to organize.

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has been talking with workers about forming a union. So far, jailers and sheriff’s deputies have expressed an interest, officials say.

    Enrique Mejia, a union organizer, said he has found 90 percent support among jailers and deputies. As such, he said it would be a waste of money for all concerned to have an election.

  • Seven apply for West post

    The West Las Vegas school district has received seven applications for superintendent.

    On Monday, the school board reviewed the applications behind closed doors. It plans to interview the candidates next Monday.

    The candidates are:

    • Gene Parson, principal of West Las Vegas High School

    • Ruben Cordova, former associate superintendent of West Las Vegas

    • Kaye Peery, former superintendent of Zuni schools

    • Darlene Ulibarri, assistant superintendent of the Pecos schools

  • 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.