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  • Las Vegas woman celebrates 103rd birthday

    Rosita M. Gallegos is one of Las Vegas’ oldest residents.  

    She celebrated her 103rd birthday on June 26 with more than 50 family members and friends present.

    A party was held in her honor at Vida Encantada Rehab where she has resided for the past two years. Her actual birthday was June 29.  

    Many family members traveled from far away to be with the matriarch on her special day. Her room was filled with fresh roses  in honor of her nickname, Rose.

  • Fiesta queen told not to show up

    The 2009 Fiesta queen, Carmela Montoya, had been planning to take part in this year’s Fiestas de Las Vegas, as is the tradition.

    But two days before the festivities, which began July 2, Montoya was told not to bother. Last week, the Fiesta Council cut her promised scholarship in half, saying she didn’t keep her end of the bargain as queen.

    It’s just the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the Fiesta Council, whose president, Mathew Martinez, recently ousted six of the group’s 18 members.

  • Panel: Recycling improvements pushed

    The recycling area at the city’s transfer station is messy and isn’t customer friendly, a task force says.

    Recently, a six-member task force presented its findings and recommendations for the city’s recycling program.

    The panel stated in its report that the program has been unable to ensure that recyclable materials aren’t mixed with other things. It said that the collection site is isolated from the main office and isn’t monitored to ensure correct disposal.

  • Fries: Highlands long aware of problem

    Highlands University maintains that it has been aware of city natural gas overcharges for the last two years.

    The university disputed the argument from the city that no one at Highlands caught the jump in bills, so it was paid until around the beginning of the year.

    “The university was quite aware of the overcharge for the past two years and has been working with the city during that time to address the problem,” Highlands President Jim Fries said in an e-mail last week to the school’s employees.

  • Man arrested after fight over noise

    An Albuquerque man allegedly upset with nearby noise attacked two other men at Storrie Lake State Park, state police said.

    Phillip Medrano, 58, of Albuquerque was charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    State police were already headed to the park around 10:30 p.m. July 3 because of a noise complaint when they got word that a fight had taken place.

  • Police: Men throw cans at officer

    Two Las Vegas men are charged with throwing a beer can at a city police officer.

    Arrested were Rudy Valdez, 21, and Roland Romero Jr., 24, on charges of aggravated battery, a fourth-degree felony, and conspiracy, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    Around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Eric Padilla was driving in the 100 block of Independence Avenue when a couple of beer cans were thrown at his squad car — one going through an open passenger window and striking him in the head, Montaño said.  

  • Teen jumps off train

    A 15-year-old boy jumped off an Amtrak train near Watrous early Wednesday morning.

    He was flown to a hospital in either Santa Fe or Albuquerque because he suffered injuries in the jump, state police said.

    Officers are trying to figure out where the boy is hospitalized, so they can interview him to see what happened, Lt. Eric Garcia said.

    No other information was available, Garcia said.

  • Jury: Ex-cop innocent

    A former San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy was found not guilty Tuesday of an alleged attack on a man in his home.

    With tears welling up in her eyes after the verdict, Bolivar said, “I would like to thank all the people who believed in me, including my family, my attorney, my biggest supporter (Sheriff) Benjie (Vigil), and God.”

    The eight-woman, four-man jury reached its verdict after the two-day trial.

  • Some claim wind rules too restrictive

    The San Miguel County Commission is considering a proposed ordinance that would keep wind farms three miles away from residences.

    The only exception would be when all affected residents within a three-mile area agree to a variance.

    However, some believe the three-mile setback is too restrictive, effectively keeping out wind farms.

    For the last year and a half, a county task force has been drafting the proposed ordinance. During that time, the county has had a moratorium on wind farms.

  • Review: Turning back the pages of time

    Susan Jensen and Paul Singer’s “Cowboy Shindig” in Las Vegas’ Plaza Hotel Ballroom last Sunday afternoon entertained a crowd of close to 200.

    J&S Productions’ media package had invited folks with “pull on your boots and screw down your hat,” and some attendees, indeed, were wearing the proper garb. No matter, though, as all the branding, roping, riding and ranch work was confined to the screen.