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  • Witnesses: Official hurt man

    Witnesses last week testified that city Utilities Director Ken Garcia attacked another man in a local bar, hitting the alleged victim in the head with a beer bottle.

    At the end of a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Ken Garcia, 44, was bound over for trial in state District Court. He faces a felony charge of aggravated battery.

    Most of the witnesses in the Magistrate Court hearing didn’t know or barely knew either Garcia or the alleged victim, Rick Nelson, 37.

  • Man accused of stabbing woman

    A Las Vegas man is accused of stabbing a woman at a mobile home park on Tuesday night.

    Mark P. Ludi, 39, 102 Mills Ave., Space 11, was charged with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony.

    The alleged victim was identified as Jessica Salas, a local woman, officials said. She was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    According to court documents filed in Magistrate Court, the man had gone to another house in the mobile home park, where a small party was occurring.

  • Aviation firm plans local shop

    A businessman wants to start an aviation repair station in Las Vegas that would employ 30 people.

    Kurt Encinias, who spent much of his childhood in Bernal, said he is working with the San Miguel County government to sign a lease for a facility to house his business. He said he didn’t want to release details until the agreement was final.

    His business would repair hydraulic and electrical components of aircraft. Companies would send those parts to the local shop.

  • Official stresses openness rules

    At a recent meeting, the Las Vegas City Schools board closed its doors to discuss “school matters.”

    That reason was given in addition to the usual justifications for closed meetings such as personnel issues and litigation.

    But the state Open Meetings Act makes no exception for school matters. Indeed, any business that a school board would discuss could conceivably fall under the subject of school matters.

  • City OKs mobile home on property, after initial concerns

    The City Council on Wednesday approved a Pecos Street resident’s request to put a mobile home for his parents next to his house.

    The resident, Gabriel Romero, requested that his property at 1309 Pecos St. be rezoned from multi-family residential to mixed residential. Such a move would allow the mobile home. In an April letter, he told the city his parents are getting up in age.

    “I have to come from my house often to check up on them,” he wrote.

  • Zoning request cause for concern

    Pecos Street resident Gabriel Romero is asking the city to allow him to put a mobile home for his parents next to his house.

    But the city attorney warns that this would be "spot zoning."

    In an April letter to the city, Romero said his parents are getting to the age where they need a lot more help.

    "I have to come from my house often to check up on them," he wrote.

    As such, Romero requested that his property at 1309 Pecos St. be rezoned from multi-family residential to mixed residential. Such a move would allow the mobile home.

  • Resilient Vigil wins again

    State Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, trounced his nearest rival in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

    He will face Republican Mel Root in the November general election, as he did two years ago.

    In Tuesday’s election, Vigil prevailed with 48 percent of the vote to former school administrator Barbara Perea Casey’s 38 percent. Newspaper publisher Chris Lopez got 8 percent, while Luna Community College employee Eric Cummings finished last with 6 percent.

  • Sheriff prevails; commissioners lose

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil fended off four rivals in Tuesday’s Democratic primary, while two San Miguel County commissioners lost their bids for re-election.

    Vigil took far less than a majority, garnering 35 percent of the vote. His nearest rival, Joseph Santillanes, pulled in 34 percent, while Roy Pacheco got 17 percent. Following were Ben J. Lujan at 9 percent and Clarence Romero at 5 percent.

  • Kilmer plans to speak to County Commission, official says

    “Batman” actor Val Kilmer has agreed to show up for a County Commission meeting later this month to explain controversial comments attributed to him, a county official said Tuesday.

    County Attorney Jesus Lopez confirmed that Pam Sawyer, the manager of Kilmer’s Rowe ranch, had informed the county that the actor planned to show at the meeting, barring some other event on his schedule.

    She declined to comment Tuesday.

  • Panel's makeup in dispute

    Some are alleging that San Miguel County’s new task force on oil and gas regulations is heavily weighted toward the industry. Of the 10 members, four of them have ties to oil and gas.  In April, the County Commission formed the panel to make recommendations for an ordinance that would deal specifically with oil and gas drilling.