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  • NOTICE

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board of Eduction will hold a SPECIAL BOARD MEETING on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 4:15 p.m. at the Administrative Building (Board Room), 901 Douglas Ave. in Las Vegas, N.M.

    The purpose of the meeting is to review Student Discipline. The Agenda will be available at the Superintendent's office (at the Administration Building — Central Office, 901 Douglas Ave.) — Las Vegas, New Mexico, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. 

  • County in battle over tax break

    San Miguel County is fighting a ranch’s effort to get an exemption from property taxes.

    County Attorney Jesus Lopez told the County Commission last week that the county and Pecos River Open Spaces are in litigation over the ranch’s request to get a charitable exemption for its conservation easement.

  • Biker rally, area fiestas this weekend

    The fifth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally starts today and lasts through Sunday, likely bringing thousands of bikers to town.

    Also, Mora and Villanueva are celebrating their annual fiestas this weekend.

    At noon today, Plaza Park opens for the annual rally. Bands will be playing in the park much of the weekend, and a few food booths will also be set up in the Plaza area.

  • Officials tackle septic problem

    The San Miguel County Commission has declared an emergency because of the Las Vegas’ decision to discontinue accepting septic waste at its wastewater treatment plant.

    City officials say the plant is not able to take the waste.

    In a commission-passed resolution, the county states that the non-acceptance of the waste would result in a “significant negative impact” in local haulers’ ability to provide service.

  • Drug search illegal, court rules

    A local district judge shouldn’t have admitted evidence that resulted in a man’s conviction for drug crimes, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

    In a July 8 opinion, the Court of Appeals overruled District Judge Abigail Aragon, who decided to allow drug evidence in a case involving Kenneth Ulibarri, 32.

    Ulibarri served nearly two years in prison in connection with drug charges, but he reserved the right to appeal what he considered an illegal search.

  • Ex-architect blamed for delay

    West Las Vegas officials are blaming the delay of an elementary school project on the district’s former architectural firm.

    They say the firm has been withholding documents that are critical to developing a master plan.

    West Las Vegas architect Antonio Ortega recently told the school board he met with new schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova and updated him on the district master plan, which his firm, Ortega, Romero and Rodriguez, has been working on since the beginning of the year. 

  • Meeting the people at water plant

    Without water, there would be no culture, society and economy. Our planet, like our bodies, is 70 percent water, and less than 3/100 of Earth’s water is fresh water, but current drinkable water supplies remain imperiled by pollution and increased demand.

    Today, fresh water is “the new gold of the future,” the team at our water treatment plant would suggest.

    These Las Vegans recall a time when winter snows and seasonal rains were aplenty, rivers always full, vegetation abundant. Migrating birds would land on marshes near Harris Road.

  • Police: DWI driver crashes; babies injured

    A man is accused of hitting another car while driving drunk, sending the occupants of the other car to the hospital.

    Around 11 p.m. July 8, Daniel Galindre, 19, 802 E. Roybal St., struck a car at Socorro and Romero streets, an intersection west of New Mexico Avenue, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    A police officer was tipped off that Galindre had thrown glass objects out of his car. When the officer showed up, he found Corona bottles along the street nearby, Montaño said.

  • Man sentenced for dealing crack

    A Mora man has been sent to prison for seven years for dealing crack cocaine, authorities said.

    Emilio Romero, 22, was convicted of trafficking drugs and in a separate case, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, District Attorney Richard Flores said.

    Earlier this year, Mora officials were told about a missing girl. Through their investigation, they found that Romero may have had something to do with her. In pulling over the suspect, they discovered drugs, Flores said.

  • Hurricane: I never agreed to perform

    Al Hurricane, a popular northern New Mexico entertainer, was listed as a performer at Fiestas de Las Vegas.

    But he said last week that he had never agreed to do a gig at the annual Fourth of July weekend event. He said he had other events scheduled for that weekend.

    He had been listed as a performer during the afternoon of July 5 in the Optic’s Fiesta Guide. That booklet is dependent on information from the Fiesta Council.