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  • Police: Man gets 5th DWI

    A Las Vegas man was stopped recently for his fifth DWI, state police said. That was after he allegedly attempted to change seats with a passenger.

    Paul E. Sanchez, 45, 2700 Hot Springs Blvd Space 4, was charged with DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and failure to maintain a lane of traffic.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, a state police officer noticed that the driver of a white Chevrolet crossed the centerline several times around 11:30 p.m. June 25.

  • Local cowboys are event’s focus

    Pull on your boots on and head for the historic Plaza Hotel for the Cowboy Shindig on Sunday July 11.

    The event will be at 2 p.m. Entertainment will be by Rod Taylor.

    Mingle with the famous and not-so famous stars of the film. Grab a refreshment and get ready to watch on the big screen a flick featuring local cowboys and cowgirls and the ranches where they work.

  • Fiesta-fun weekend

    Raton native Andrew Padilla barely noticed his sunburn Saturday afternoon while he was at Fiestas de Las Vegas. He said he was having such a good time.

    “This is awesome, seeing all the vendors and entertainment,” Padilla said.

    Many out-of-towners plan their vacations around the Fourth of July, so they can join the many events surrounding the fiestas. Others come home to see family and friends, which makes it a good time for class reunions. 

  • County looking at tax hike

    San Miguel County is poised to ask voters to raise the countywide sales tax.

    Officials said the tax would pay for the operation of an emergency communications center, emergency medical services and the provision of behavioral health services, including alcohol and drug abuse treatment.

    The tax would amount to one-fourth of 1 percent of the amount of purchases — or 25 cents for every $100. It is expected to raise $900,000 annually.

  • Leaders cut ribbon for veterans service center

    While music blared from the annual fiesta from across the river, local leaders cut the ribbon on Saturday for a veterans service center on Douglas Avenue.

    The center will be in the old armory, which was severely damaged in a fire in 1993 and has been sitting vacant ever since.  

    According to a press release, the state appropriated $650,000 for the project three years ago. The city has been the fiscal agent for the money.

  • County changes panel after criticism

    The San Miguel County Commission this week decided to change the composition of its oil gas task force after some contended that it was heavily weighted toward the industry.

    County officials said they wanted to change the makeup of the 10-member task force after they received disclosure forms from applicants.

    In April, the commission formed the task force to make recommendations for an ordinance that would deal specifically with oil and gas drilling. No requests for drilling are pending, but there are some in neighboring counties.

  • RHS probation kept quiet

    Diehard Robertson High School football fans know that the team won the state championship in 2005 and 2006.

    But it wasn’t publicly known that the New Mexico Activities Association placed the football program on probation for two years.

    The information came out in a lawsuit filed this week by victims in the sexual assaults during a football camp in August 2008. It was included to demonstrate alleged incompetence and negligence in the program.

    Three school board members interviewed this week said they had no idea about the probation.

  • Vegas man gets 10th DWI

    A Las Vegas man was charged with his 10th DWI over the weekend, with an officer’s having to place a spike strip to stop him, state police said.

    Michael Benavidez, 49, 2328 N. Gonzales St., was charged with aggravated DWI, driving on a suspended or revoked license, evading an officer and having an open container of alcohol.

  • City enacts tougher penalties

    The city’s new water conservation ordinance increases penalties for violators and urges big users to install water-friendly fixtures.

    Last week, the City Council passed the ordinance after going through several versions over the last few months.

    The ordinance is considered the first of a two-part strategy for conservation. The second is expected to bring more progressive water rates — in other words, even higher rates as a customer uses more water. Those new rates are slated to come before the council later this year.

  • Deputies, jailers vote for union

    San Miguel County’s jailers and deputies on Wednesday unanimously voted for a union to represent them.

    It may well be the first time in the county government’s history that workers have formed a union, officials say.

    All 22 employees who took part in the election supported having the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees as their representative in negotiations with county officials.

    Twenty-eight were eligible to vote; probationary employees, who have been with the county for less than a year, couldn’t take part.