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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Golf team qualifies

    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.

  • Bean Day rodeo winners honored

    Bean Day and the rodeo that accompanies it are always a big deal in Wagon Mound and northeastern New Mexico. But this year’s rodeo kicked up even more dust than usual.

    “This year’s (rodeo) was one of the largest,” said Ron Luebke, secretary of the Wagon Mound Bean Day Association, in a news release submitted to the Optic. “Three action-packed days with 467 competitors. So winning a buckle was no easy chore.”

  • Man got in trouble with law before

    A man accused in a murder last week was charged with severely beating up another man a few years ago, but the case was dismissed.

    In the latest case, Louie Bena-videz, 54, was charged with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Kevin Duran, 32, 814 Chavez St.

    Shortly after 9 p.m. Friday, Las Vegas police received a call about a shooting at Duran’s house. Duran was taken to the hospital by others, and he died soon after.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said his department was trying to determine the motivation behind the shooting.

  • Las Vegas gets a labyrinth

    A labyrinth is being created in the yard of St. Paul’s Peace Church in Las Vegas. The labyrinth was commissioned by St. Paul’s Peace Church pastor John Ridder as a memorial for his late wife, Jane A. Ridder.

    It is being constructed by his son, John E. Ridder, in conjunction with  Gaye Goodman of Faux Real, a company specializing in the acid staining of concrete, and Sean Medrano of Northeastern Construction, who did the actual concrete work.

  • Editorial: Too many homicides

    Once upon a time, Las Vegas wore the infamous nickname Smack City, USA for the heroin trafficking in our city. Now we run the risk of being known as the small-town murder capitol of the nation.

    Since May 2007, there have been 11 homicides in and around Las Vegas. David Seiler, John Paul Gonzales, Manuel Ramirez, Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz, José Apodaca, Jasmine Garcia, Timoteo Jaramillo, Terry Greer, and, this month, Ernest Gutierrez and Kevin Duran — all died at the hands of another person.

  • Residents want emergency declaration

    A group of landowners is requesting that Gov. Bill Richardson declare a state of emergency in an area southwest of Las Vegas because 16 homes are now without water.

    The group is blaming the city of Las Vegas’ intensive pumping at Taylor Wells as the reason for residents’ water problems.

    El Creston Domestic Water Community Association, which represents the Ojitos Frios subdivision and other areas southwest of town, is asking the governor to enlist the National Guard to provide a short-term source of potable water.