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  • City directors get contracts

    Despite vehement opposition from one governing board member, a divided City Council voted Wednesday to grant one-year contracts to the city’s department directors.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the contracts after Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the measure and Councilors Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore voted in favor.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 23, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Dec. 13 and Dec. 20:
    Ricky Gomez, 33, adult probation office commitment
    Steve Martinez, 44, disorderly conduct, traffic offense
    Edward Quintana, 71, criminal sexual contact of a minor, criminal sexual penetration
    Fred Montoya, 52, disorderly conduct, traffic offense
    Rudy Valdez, 23, adult probation office warrant
    Brenda Gonzales, 43, battery on a household member

  • Audit faults PRC for vehicle use policies

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    The Public Regulation Commission has failed to keep proper records for use of state vehicles by commissioners and agency workers, creating potential tax problems for those who commute in a government car, according to an independent audit released Wednesday.

  • Councilor targets chamber

    The Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce’s decision to lobby against a local collaborative’s state tourism grant application has one city councilor proposing that the chamber’s city funding be eliminated.

    The chamber’s lobbying against the $40,000 grant application appears to be the reason the application was rejected without even being scored.

  • Community garden?

    Their goal is to turn a vacant property owned by the Las Vegas City Schools into a community garden, with the primary mission being to get youth involved in agriculture.

    But the proposal made by Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, a local non-profit group, has hit a speed bump.

  • Family rescued from snow drift

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Rescuers on Wednesday pulled a Texas family from an SUV that had been buried in a snowdrift on a rural New Mexico highway for nearly two days.

    State police said rescuers had to dig through 4 feet of ice and snow to free the Higgins family, whose red GMC Yukon got stuck on U.S. 56 near Springer when a blizzard moved through the area Monday.

  • 3 N.M. rivers on impaired list


    FARMINGTON — San Juan County’s three main rivers, Lake Farmington and the Navajo Reservoir are now on the list of impaired waters in New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Environment Department recently released an assessment of the surface water in the state to comply with the Clean Water Act.

    The Daily Times reports the environment department tested San Juan County surface water in 2010 to compile the report.

  • Block due in state court

    The Associated Press

    Former Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. is heading back to court after being jailed last week and dismissed from a drug treatment program.

    Block is scheduled for a release hearing Thursday in state district court.

    The hearing could determine whether he will be released from jail in Santa Fe pending his sentencing.

    Block faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 23, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Dec. 22 — To steal a man’s property and then borrow his horses and wagon with which to get away with it is an audacious bit of thievery, which demonstrates that the man who stole the materials for S.L. Barker’s Christmas dinner last night is possessed of plenty of nerve. Leaving a quantity of groceries in his wagon at the hitchrack of the Gross Kelly company on Railroad Avenue, Mr. Barker went to the Santa Fe depot last evening to meet train No. 10. When he returned his wagon was gone. 

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 23, 2011

    Safe-Ride-Home Service extending hours

    The county’s Safe-Ride-Home Service will be offering rides from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. from Dec. 26 through Dec. 30. On New Year’s Eve rides will be provided from 6 p.m. to 2:30 am. Rides are given from any liquor establishment to your home. Call 429-0336.