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  • Hospital rejects county request

    San Miguel County wants a seat on Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s advisory board, but the hospital has refused that request.

    The county, which has criticized the hospital’s handling of its labor union, sent a letter to Alta Vista last month, saying it wanted to join the board. The county said it is the only elected body in the area that makes direct payments to Alta Vista. The county has a tax designated for medical care for the very poor.

  • RHS lockdown a precautionary measure

    Robertson High School was on lockdown for 15 minutes before the end of the school day Thursday.

    It was the first lockdown at Robertson in at least two years, officials said.

    Police said they received a report that two people were in a scuffle at a Robertson High School parking lot and that one broke the other’s window.

    Someone heard that noise and thought it was a gunshot, so that person called the school. Principal Eddie King then ordered all students into the building and put the campus on lockdown.

  • Suspect to face more charges

    A District Court ruling last week means that a man accused of killing another in road-rage incident could get still more years in prison.

    Rich-ard Baca, 21, already faces a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the November killing of Benito Lemos, 22, in central Las Vegas. That charge carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.

    In recent months, the district attorney’s office has wanted to add the charge of shooting at or from a vehicle resulting in death, with a maximum of 15 years in prison.

  • RHS school locked down

    Robertson High School was on lockdown for 15 minutes before the end of the school day.

    It was the first lockdown at Robertson in at least two years, officials said.

    Police said they received a report that two people were in a scuffle at a Robertson High School parking lot and that one broke the other's window.

    Someone heard that noise and thought it was a gunshot, so that person called the school. Principal Eddie King then ordered all students into the building and put the campus on lockdown.

  • College late in seeking money

    Luna Community College missed out on the chance of getting a more than $100,000 grant because it was late in asking for the money.

    By 35 minutes.

    For the last year, the college has handled a $110,000 grant for a program seeking to curb alcohol and tobacco use.

    Recently, the college created a thick packet seeking the same amount of funds for the next year.

    But Elaine Luna, Luna’s interim development director, didn’t turn in the grant until 5:35 p.m. March 22 in Santa Fe. The deadline was 5 p.m. that day.

  • Police say man shot alleged sex offender

    A man is accused of shooting another man who is charged with raping a girl, state police said.

    Both men live in Gonzales Ranch, which is west of Villanueva.

    Around 8 p.m. April 3, state police responded to a shooting in Gonzales Ranch, in which the victim, a 21-year-old man, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    The alleged shooter, an 18-year-old man, apparently shot the 21-year-old man, his brother, in retaliation for the 21-year-old’s allegedly raping a girl.

  • Rules for wind farms debated

    Many area residents opposed to wind farms near their neighborhoods said Wednesday they liked a proposed three-mile setback from their homes.

    But an industry representative contended that the setback rule in a proposed San Miguel County ordinance would keep wind farms out of the county.

    On a windy afternoon, nearly 100 people packed into the County Commission’s chambers for a discussion on the county’s proposed wind ordinance. A task force has been meeting since early last year on the subject.

  • Top Vegas official charged

    Ken Garcia, the city’s utilities director, has been charged in connection with a fight at a local bar.

    Garcia, 44, who has an Albuquerque address,  faces a felony charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    Garcia has been placed on paid administrative leave, while the city looks into the matter, City Attorney Dave Romero said.

    “A primary question for us is whether the incident was related to city activity or not,” Romero said.

  • Top state official travels to Las Vegas in chopper

    State Department of Public Safety Secretary John Denko came to Las Vegas last week in a state police helicopter.

    It costs $600 an hour to run the chopper.

    But Denko said the trip to the Meadow City wasn’t for him. He said the two pilots needed some training time —  one of whom hadn’t flown in the Las Vegas area before.

    He said he came along because he has much experience piloting helicopters.

  • Victim's family offering reward

    The family of Mariah Arguello, the Las Vegas native killed by a drunken driver, wants to know more about the driver’s activities the night of the accident.

    Mariah Arguello, 18, was headed east on Interstate 25 near San Juan when Cecilio Jaramillo, 28, of Santa Fe crossed over and hit Arguello’s car head on late the night of April 23. Both died in the crash.

    A bottle of beer was found in Jaramillo’s car.