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  • Leger to remain as commission chair

    The San Miguel County Commission re-elected Nicolas Leger as its chairman and Ron Ortega as its vice chairman during its organizational meeting last week.

    Leger and Ortega have served in those posts for a year, and both thanked their colleagues for their continued faith in their leadership.

    Also at that meeting, held on Jan. 8, newly elected Commissioner Gilbert Sena took his seat on the commission, replacing David Salazar, who didn’t seek re-election because of term limits.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 16, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, Jan. 15 — Effective with the next telephone directory due in March, all telephone numbers in Las Vegas will be changed to seven numerals, I.G. Eubanks, manager for Mountain States Telephone, announced. The gradual change of telephone numbers from two letters and five numerals to all numerals started about two years ago and many have been converted since then. “We did not know how fast this gradual change would proceed, so we could not predict when it would be possible for all customers to have the new telephone numbers,” Eubanks stated.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 16, 2013

    ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ showing at Ilfeld

    “Bless Me, Ultima” will be shown at Ilfeld Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. General admission tickets are $5. Students with valid ID’s and children pay $3. Call 454-3238 for advance tickets or additional information.

  • Weather - Jan. 16, 2013

    Wednesday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. North wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 16. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 45. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 18.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 51. Clear at night, with a low around 24.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 45. Clear at night, with a low around 20.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 5:12 p.m.

  • In Brief - Local - Jan. 16, 2013

    Driver likely won’t be charged
    A state police spokesman says the driver of the truck that collided with a four-wheeler in Romeroville, killing a 5-year-old girl will likely not face charges over the accident.
    Lt. Robert McDonald said that the crash was still being investigated, but “the driver of the truck will probably not face charges.”
    Two girls were on the four-wheeler. Killed in the accident was Destiny Encinias, 5. Shania Baca, 11, was injured.

  • Library receives grant to help preserve collections

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Donnelly Library was awarded a $6,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help preserve the library’s extensive historical records and fine arts collection.

    It is the first NEH grant in Donnelly Library’s history.

  • East facing $1.3M shortfall

    Las Vegas City Schools is anticipating a $1.37 million shortfall in the current year budget, and officials are requesting emergency supplemental funding from the state in that amount to offset the estimated gap.

    During a board work session on Thursday evening, Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez told the board the district plans to continue its quest for the funding from the state’s Public Education Department.

  • Tug of War - Drilling benefits debated at hearing

    On one side were area ranchers, business owners and even county officials from other parts of the state urging San Miguel County not to slam the door on an industry that could bring much-needed jobs to the area and bolster the economy.

    On the other side were school children, environmentalists and longtime area residents urging the county not to risk the area’s scarce water supply and way of life for short-term economic gain.

  • City director steps down from post

    Elmer Martinez, who served as the city’s community development director for more than 16 years, has stepped down from the post.

    Martinez is now the city’s transportation manager, overseeing Meadow City Express and the railroad depot facility. He requested the transfer in early December, and it became effective at the beginning of this year.

  • Flu cases now spiking across state

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The flu has walloped New Mexico with an early one-two punch and health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against the illness.

    Dr. Joan Baumbach, an epidemiologist in the New Mexico Department of Health, said Friday the flu has hit New Mexico earlier and harder than last year.

    “This is an unusually early flu season,” she said.