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  • Commission picks new EMS firm

    The San Miguel County Commission on Tuesday decided to go with a new ambulance service, despite the current provider’s objections.

    The commissioners unanimously voted for Albuquerque-based Superior Ambulance as the new emergency medical services provider, which ended a process that lasted for years. Both the city and the county have complained about the performance of Santa Fe-based Rocky Mountain EMS, the current ambulance service; the city remains with Rocky Mountain.

  • Three films at one time

    A hot-dog stand was set up in the middle of the Plaza on Monday morning, but the vendor was picky about his customers.

    That’s because the stand was part of a scene in the movie “Not Forgotten.”

    Over the last several days, Las Vegas has been the site for the filming of three movies — “Not Forgotten,” “Brothers” and “Beer For My Horses.”

    As usual, some residents talk about the economic benefits to Las Vegas of the filming, while others note the hassles in traffic and detours.

  • Union leader's firing at issue

    A former Las Vegas firefighter contends he was fired last week because of his role in trying to form a union.

    Richard Carrillo, who had been vice president of the Las Vegas Professional Firefighters Association Local 4625, said Fire Chief Andrew Duran didn’t give any reasons for his dismissal last Wednesday.

    Carrillo said that after he made initial contacts to form the union last fall, Duran warned him to be careful because he was still a probationary employee.

  • State: Jury tampering causes mistrial

    A mistrial was declared this month in the case of a man accused of trafficking drugs, officials said.

    Timothy Bachicha, 25, who is represented by Anna Aragon, was in a jury trial earlier this month, but District Judge Eugenio Mathis declared a mistrial after a report of jury tampering, said Tom Clayton, the prosecutor.

    Clayton said a juror was seen talking to a member of Bachicha’s family. As such, the district attorney’s office is investigating the matter and may charge anyone who attempted to threaten, coerce or create a false verdict, Clayton said.

  • Memorial service set for tonight

    A memorial service is planned for tonight for the two Highlands University students who were murdered in their home at 728 Dora Celeste.

    The bodies of Stephanie Dimas, 25, and Damian Lucero-Ortiz, 24, were found in their mobile home on Dec. 20. Both were students in the School of Education.

    The memorial service is set for 7 p.m. in Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium. The school’s student affairs office is working with the students and families on the program.

  • Luna: Enrollment increase significantly

    Student enrollment this spring at Luna Community College shows a significant increase from spring 2007, the school reports.

    Luna Registrar Johnathan Ortiz indicated that as of the census date, or Day 15, of the spring semester, unofficial numbers pointed out that student head count increased by 6.2 percent in relation to where Luna Community College was at the end of term for spring 2007. As of Day 15 of this semester, there were 2,098 student head count, compared to 1,976 at the end of the 2007 spring semester.

  • Hopeful pushes green causes

    Congressional candidate Don Wiviott drives what he preaches.

    The Santa Fe developer is touring northern New Mexico in a big hybrid van with his name and picture, but it also represents one of his key themes: making environmental technologies available to all. When the weather warms, his van will be able to run on cooking grease.

  • Murder suspect seeks lower charges

    The attorney for a woman accused in the dragging death of an 86-year-old man is asking District Court to lower her charges.

    Jessie Livingston, 23, of Las Vegas and Dolores Salazar, 18, of Albuquerque and formerly of Las Vegas, were charged in the June killing of Jose Apodaca, a former postmaster and veteran of three wars. He died June 24 after three days in intensive care at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

    The women were charged with first-degree murder, vehicular homicide and robbery in connection with Apodaca’s death.

  • Bill includes money for area projects

    The state Senate has approved millions of dollars worth of construction projects across this area, state Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, said Friday in a statement.

    The projects were contained in Senate Bill 471, which was approved by the Senate on Friday. The bill appropriates a total of $348 million for projects across New Mexico.

    The legislation includes:

    • $3 million for the Las Vegas State Police District Office;

    • $2 million for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute;

  • Program distributes free books

    A local program handed out free books to kindergartners and first-graders at Armijo Elementary School last week.

    Mary Jo Archibeque, West Las Vegas’ associate superintendent for instruction, said, “The value of this is to make sure children have books in their homes. A lot of these kids don’t have books at home. That isn’t a priority, and I think by giving them books and putting books in the homes, they will be more interested in reading.”