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Local News

  • 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.

  • Teen almost dies in drinking binge

    A 13-year-old girl almost died after drinking a good portion of a whiskey bottle, city police said. Two adults are being charged. Adam Yara, 24, and Laura Archuleta-Flores, 21, were charged with two counts of child abuse and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, police said.  According to authorities, the suspects bought the bottle of whiskey at 77 Package Liquors for the 13-year-old girl and her 16-year-old boyfriend. The suspects allegedly took the teenagers to Archuleta-Flores’ house at 510 Grand Ave, Space No.

  • Mora man pleads guilty to striking woman

    A Mora County man has pleaded guilty to striking a woman with a shovel, sending her to the hospital.  Sam Olivas, 76, will get two years of probation in connection with the attack, which happened during a dispute over an acequia in Cleveland, N.M.

  • City looks to increase sales tax

    The Las Vegas City Council took the first step this week toward increasing the local sales tax.

    The city is looking at a one-fourth of 1 percent hike in the gross receipts tax, which is added to most goods and services. The increase would amount to 25 cents for every $100 in purchases.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the tax is part of a long-term plan to shift the tax burden from what many see as excessive fees for the city’s natural gas and other utilities.

  • Oil leases for sale in Mora Co.

    The State Land Office wants to sell oil and gas leases in Mora and Colfax counties.

    According to Land Office documents, the agency aims to sell leases for two dozen parcels in Mora County and 29 in Colfax County on June 15.

    The environmental group, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, said the parcels are within the area of White Peak, where the Land Office has proposed controversial land trades.

  • Water-saving incentive proposed

    The city is considering whether to change its water rates in a way that would encourage greater conservation.  As it stands, the city’s rate structure has no incentive for saving of water for the first 2,000 gallons of water per month. The city charges a flat rate for 2,000 gallons or less.  But city utility officials are asking the council to change that.

  • Commitee commends retiring teachers

    Next chance you have, thank a teacher. They help build lives and give to their students more than most of us realize. Teachers touch not just one child but generations of students, That’s the message that the Community Committee for Better Schools wants to send, along with commendations to the teachers and staff of both Las Vegas school districts who are retiring this year.

  • Man sold drugs from shop, police say

    A local man was arrested Wednesday for using his business and house to sell drugs, authorities said.

    Julian Gallegos, 30, owner of Xtreme Nutrition, 1213 Bridge St., was charged with two counts of trafficking drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The Las Vegas Police Department served a warrant on Gallegos late Wednesday afternoon, blocking traffic on Bridge Street.