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  • Jail Log Feb. 20, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 6 and Feb. 15:
    Paul Baca, 33, criminal damage to property, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Jason Atencio, 40, driving on suspended revoked license, speeding.
    Bernabe Mares, 47, aggravated DWI (sixth offense), driving on suspended/revoked license.
    Steven Quintana, 38, failure to pay child support.
    Macario Garcia-Lopez, 45, failure to pay fines, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Alderete thanked for service on East board

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Felix Alderete attended his last official board meeting Tuesday evening.
    Alderete did not seek re-election to the position he held since 2011. Board member Luis Ortiz who lost his re-election bid to Robert Duran III, did not attend Tuesday evening’s meeting. A statement read by board member Gabe Lucero said Ortiz was visiting his ill grandmother who is battling cancer in Clovis.

  • Campos: Skandera now fully accountable

    There’s no denying that support from Sen. Pete Campos was key in Hanna Skandera’s confirmation earlier this week.
    Skandera was confirmed by a vote of 22-19 on Monday.

  • Lawmakers asked to support drug court

    SANTA FE — Derek Graham’s downward spiral was fueled by alcoholism. He had no relationship with his 9-year-old daughter or his wife. His job suffered — until he ended up in court.
    Graham was among a handful of drug court participants who urged lawmakers last week to keep funding for drug courts in New Mexico, a state that has consistently had among the highest rates of substance abuse-related deaths in the nation.

  • In Brief

    Bill would tighten vaccine rules
    SANTA FE — A proposal by a New Mexico lawmaker would tighten rules that currently allow parents to seek vaccine exemptions for their children over religious beliefs.
    The measure sponsored by Democratic Rep. Deborah Armstrong of Albuquerque would still allow for waivers to be approved for others reasons, including medical conditions.

  • ‘Three strikes’ bill would lead to life sentences

    SANTA FE — House Majority Leader Nate Gentry wants to clear the way for mandatory life sentences for offenders who are convicted of three violent crimes.
    His legislation joins a growing list of tough-on-crime proposals being floated by the Republican majority. With one day left to introduce legislation, the caucus already has pitched proposals to stiffen penalties or crack down on sexual exploitation of children, child abuse, food-stamp fraud, voyeurism, drunken driving, domestic violence and violent crime.

  • Senate confirms Skandera

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate on Monday confirmed Hanna Skandera as education secretary — four years after she took the job.

    Skandera has faced criticism from Democrats and teachers unions over policy and experience.

  • New York bound - Makerspace kids to show work

    Brooklyn Aragon and Roberta “Berta” Montoya will soon depart for New York City as part of a whirlwind trip to show off their work in  makerspace with the local Parachute Factory.

    Aragon and Montoya, both 16 and sophomores at West Las Vegas High School, worked last year on a three-week program in wearable technology. Mariano Ulibarri of the Parachute Factory shared their creations at various conferences across the country, including Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas and Boston.

  • T-4 Ranch renews request to leave county

    The county’s third largest landowner has renewed its request to be annexed out of San Miguel County and this time two other ranches want to follow suit.

  • Praise, but no extension for Parson

    The West Las Vegas School Board heaped praises on Superintendent Gene Parson Monday night but opted not to extend his contract, leaving that decision for the new board.

    The decision not to extend his contract came after a marathon executive session. Monday evening’s meeting was the last official board meeting of outgoing board members Gary Gold and Henry Abeyta.

    Newly elected board members Patrick Marquez and Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez attended the meeting, but left before the meeting ended at about 10:20 p.m.