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  • Police: Suspect holds beer can to end

    Abel Herrera still had a can of Budweiser in his left hand after he crashed over the weekend, state police said.

    Herrera, 37, was being pursued by a couple of state police officers when he got into the accident on the Eighth Street Extension in Los Vigiles, authorities said.

    Abel Anthony Herrera, 37, was pronounced dead soon after the crash, police said.

    Officers believe he was intoxicated at the time of the accident on late Saturday night.

  • Alleged ringleader expected to enter deal

    Michael Gallegos, the alleged ringleader in the assaults at a 2008 Robertson High School football camp, is expected to enter a plea agreement next week, a victim’s parent says.

    A hearing for Gallegos is slated for 9 a.m. Monday in Santa Fe’s District Court.

    Gallegos and five others were accused of sodomizing underclassmen during the camp in 2008.

    A father of one of the victims said he had been informed this week that Gallegos will be entering a plea agreement. He referred a reporter to prosecutor Henry Valdez for details; Valdez declined to comment.

  • AG: City may have broken law

    The state attorney general’s office says the Las Vegas City Council may have violated the state’s open meetings law in early 2009.

    The Open Meetings Act requires governing bodies in New Mexico to discuss most of their business in public at advertised meetings. The intention of the law is to ensure the public knows what’s going on with their taxpayer-supported entities.

    However, the attorney general’s office believes two e-mail discussions among then-Mayor Tony Marquez and a majority of council members appeared to be in violation of state law.

  • Commission sets meeting for Kilmer

    San Miguel County officials have invited actor Val Kilmer to appear before them next month to address a controversy surrounding long-ago comments attributed to him.

    Earlier this month, the County Commission delayed a decision on the actor’s request for commercial lodging on his Rowe ranch because of the comments. The commissioners wanted the “Batman” actor to explain himself.

    The county has set a special meeting for 1:30 p.m. June 23 at the old County Courthouse to hear Kilmer.

  • Violence suspect accused of drugs

    A man who beat up his girlfriend also had marijuana plants growing next to his house, state police said.

    Ignacio Villanueva, 34, of Villanueva was arrested May 10.

    According to Magistrate Court documents, Villanueva got angry because he didn’t go to his girlfriend’s family’s house for a Mother’s Day dinner because they didn’t like him.

    The girlfriend admitted to slapping Villanueva, state police said. After she did that, he allegedly threw her out of the house, hitting, slapping and kicking her.

  • Union official: County could save money

    A union is criticizing the San Miguel County Commission for hiring a firm to deal with employees who want to organize.

    The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has been talking with workers about forming a union. So far, jailers and sheriff’s deputies have expressed an interest, officials say.

    Enrique Mejia, a union organizer, said he has found 90 percent support among jailers and deputies. As such, he said it would be a waste of money for all concerned to have an election.

  • Seven apply for West post

    The West Las Vegas school district has received seven applications for superintendent.

    On Monday, the school board reviewed the applications behind closed doors. It plans to interview the candidates next Monday.

    The candidates are:

    • Gene Parson, principal of West Las Vegas High School

    • Ruben Cordova, former associate superintendent of West Las Vegas

    • Kaye Peery, former superintendent of Zuni schools

    • Darlene Ulibarri, assistant superintendent of the Pecos schools

  • Rec center to be closed on Sundays

    Because of a budget crunch, the city plans to close its recreation center on Sundays.

    “The city has been supplementing $500,000 a year at the rec center. The costs just continue to increase,” City Manager Timothy Dodge said. “Sunday is the day that we’ve identified as the most underutilized at the rec center.”

    With the tough economic times, the city needs to find ways to cut costs so as to avoid layoffs, Dodge said.

  • Hopefuls debate donations

    One candidate for District 70 state representative said last week that two of his rivals have been “bought and paid for.”

    In response to a question about incumbents having the ability to attract big money, candidate Chris Lopez said he and another candidate, Eric Cummings, had not served as legislators, while incumbent Richard Vigil and Barbara Perea Casey had.

  • Revolving door at jail an issue

    Some residents are pushing San Miguel County to seek money for a center that would reduce the number of repeat visits to the jail.

    Seventy percent of the jail’s inmates come back again, while 80 percent of them have substance abuse problems, say members of the jail’s citizens advisory committee.