Today's News

  • Editorial: Set aside animosities

    In the old Westerns, sheriffs didn’t have to contend with anything resembling a bureaucracy. The sheriff was a county’s top lawman.

    Maybe that’s the way it was, but not anymore.

    At a recent sheriff candidates forum, San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil told the audience that his deputies would start carrying Tasers in June. Never mind the County Commission’s opinion.

    Of course, the sheriff still has latitude in how he runs his department. But the County Commission indisputably holds the purse strings.

  • Letter: Commissioner responds to story

    This is in response to the article which was published on April 23 in the Las Vegas Optic, regarding where we claimed Head of Household.

    Our primary residence is on El Llano Road. This is the only property where we claim Head of Household.

    The San Miguel County Assessor’s Office claims that we had two head of households for four years which is incorrect. This office has no proof of a signed affidavit to make such a claim.

  • As It Is: Pollster targets our county

    In 2008, a pollster called me to ask about the presidential race. The first question: “Do you belong to a media organization?”

    I answered yes.

    The caller said, “Thank you very much,” and hung up.

    In other words, someone didn’t want the media finding out about the poll. It was likely a push poll, in which the caller asks questions with a bias — an example of a question on abortion: How do you feel about Barack Obama’s position in favor of killing babies?

  • Cowboys finish with a flourish

    As the top seed in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference baseball tournament, New Mexico Highlands will open the postseason against sixth-seeded Regis at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Kearney, Neb.

    The Cowboys, who’d clinched the top seed a week earlier, concluded the regular season Saturday at Metro State in Denver. The Roadrunners, incidentally, are the No. 4 seed in the RMAC and play No. 3 Mesa State at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the tourney’s opening game. Host Nebraska-Kearney is the No. 2 seed and tangles with No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo for a 7 p.m. nightcap.

  • Editorial: Sans the politics

    The Las Vegas City Council has authorized Mayor Alfonso Ortiz to negotiate the closure of a longstanding dispute over a Luna Community College natural gas bill.

    In mid-2007, the city discovered that it had incorrectly billed Luna for several years, and back-billed the college $122,000. That set off a series of attempts to resolve the matter and recover the money, and the accusations started to fly.

  • New policy on naming of buildings

    You’re a politician? Still in office? Then don’t expect to see your name on Highlands University buildings.

    Last week, the Highlands University Board of Regents voted on a naming policy for its buildings. The regents added two guidelines to the four that came out of the Academic Affairs committee.

    However, nothing in the guidelines prevents the name of a sitting regent being honored. 

    In reviewing the guidelines, Regent Pete Aguilar said the proposed policy doesn’t address whether an honoree must be living or dead.

  • County official says she lives here

    San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia says she doesn’t live in Sandoval County, as was indicated in an assessor’s document.

    Instead, she contends the document is a cut-and-paste job.

    Garcia, who is running for a second term, said her main home is on El Llano Road, which is north of Las Vegas and in her District 1 County Commission district.

  • Little League Results and Schedule

    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.

    Games are played weeknights at Rodriguez Park and Keyes Park, respectively. Schedule subject to change.


    La Plaza Minors Baseball: Marlins 8, Cubs 5

    La Plaza Majors Baseball: Athletics 14, Cubs 4

    Interleague Softball: La Plaza Marlins 15, Las Vegas Lady Longhorns 14; La Plaza Athletics 17, Las Vegas Lady Devils 7


  • Horsemen netters edge Robertson for district titles

    Miranda Garcia and Juliana Guerin have been an unstoppable combination this season in doubles tennis, and that held true over the weekend in the district tournament hosted by Robertson High.

    Garcia and Guerin toppled the St. Michael’s pair of Paloma Gomez and Nada Mohammed 7-5, 6-3, 6-3, to score the Lady Cardinals’ lone win in the girls’ team competition.

    The Lady Horsemen, a 5-1 victor in Saturday’s team final, and Robertson both advance to state this week in Albuquerque.

  • RHS district track champs

    For the first time in at least recent history, Robertson is a dual champion in District 2-3A track and field.

    The Cardinals, coached by Mike Boyle, and Lady Cardinals, coached by Benny Ortiz, earned that distinction Saturday at St. Michael’s, edging the home team for the titles.

    In the process, RHS gained several new individual qualifiers for the state meet, to be held Friday and Saturday at the UNM track complex.