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  • Grant pays for new county trucks

    San Miguel County has replaced four of its old vehicles with four brand new ones that burn cleaner thanks to nearly $516,000 in federal stimulus funding.

    The stimulus money — awarded through a one-time Diesel Emissions Reduction Act grant from the New Mexico Environment Department’s Air Quality Bureau — was also used to buy 10 diesel-fueled fired engine heaters for public works diesel vehicles.

  • High-speed chase leads to charges

    A 27-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested and charged Saturday for leading state police on a high-speed chase that finally ended near Pastura when the brakes of his vehicle locked, forcing the vehicle to skid, go airborne and crash into a highway fence, according to a court document.

    Erminio Archuleta, of the 3500 block of Lois, is charged with aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, Driving while under the influence of liquor or drugs, negligent use of a deadly weapon,  and having an open container inside his vehicle.

  • Mora schools plan has parents upset

    A budget balancing plan put forth by Mora Independent Schools Superintendent Thomas Garcia is causing a stir.

    Garcia is proposing that a teacher who currently teaches elective or vocational courses be made a part-time employee to help plug a roughly $110,000 shortfall in the upcoming budget. No decision has been made on what specific program would be targeted.  

    ”It would impact music, the band, shop and I think the librarian,” said school board member George A. Trujillo, who is against the plan.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Friday, May 26 — Three convicts employed in the road construction camp recently established on Tecolote hill by Cleofes Romero, warden of the territorial penitentiary at Santa Fe, escaped some time Wednesday night. No trace of the men has been discovered although the officers are making a careful search for them. The men are accorded considerable liberty in the road camps, being regarded somewhat in the same position as trusties.

  • Looking Ahead

    Story Time at Carnegie on Wednesday

    The theme of this week’s Story Time at Carnegie Public Library is Memorial Day, the book is “Cat Secrets” by Jef Czekaj, and the craft is CD patriotic decoration. Story Time is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - May 25, 2011

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 73. Northwest wind around 15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. North wind 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a south wind 10-15 mph, becoming west 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear and breezy at night, with a low around 45.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 46.

  • FYI

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • State: Trench lacked shoring

    The state agency investigating Wednesday’s accident that left two city workers dead says required safety equipment wasn’t installed on the trench that collapsed, and the city will be issued a citation.

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  • Former mayor, sheriff dies

    George Arellanes, a former city of Las Vegas mayor and San Miguel County sheriff, known for being a hard worker and helping people in need, died Wednesday. He was 87.

    His son Arnell David Arellanes said he died of an apparent heart attack in his sleep.

    Arellanes was mayor of Las Vegas from 1972 to 1974.  The city’s municipal complex was named after him in 2005.

    “He was a Republican mayor,” his son said. “He was very open. It wasn’t so much about political party as it was about helping the people of Las Vegas.”