After years of talking shit about his neighbors, Val Kilmer finally stood face to face with some of them in a rural New Mexico community commission meeting to make amends – but for good reason. Hard feelings about Kilmer’s words resurfaced with a plan for his Pecos
River Ranch to open three guest houses to paying customers. I read that as ‘cat house.’
San Miguel County commissioners invited Kilmer to explain magazine interviews in which he said he lives in the “homicide capital of the Southwest” and proclaimed that 80 percent “of the people in my county are drunk.” Hell, he even made insensitive comments about war veterans.
“I can only ask that you view my apology as a stepping stone toward repairing this misunderstanding between us so that we can go forward, working together toward a common interest in promoting and protecting our beloved New Mexico,” Kilmer said.
He said he has lived in the area for more than two decades and loves it. His grandfather is buried here, his father lived here, and his children were born here and have grown up here, Kilmer said.
After Kilmer’s apology, commissioners gave Kilmer the go-ahead. Who could go against Batman or Doc Holliday? Nobody with a soul, that’s for sure.