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  • County says it's saving tax dollars

    San Miguel County is seeing big savings as it improves roads, thanks to the new crusher plant north of town, an official said.

    Harold Garcia, the county’s public service foreman, said the county put new base course on nearly two miles of Pork Chop Hill Road about four months ago.

    The improvements cost $30,000, far less than the estimated $150,000 it would have taken to hire a contractor for the same job, Garcia said.

  • Mora sheriff fires rival candidate

    Taking on the boss can often be a risky strategy.

    Mora County resident Timothy Marquez knows that firsthand. As the county’s undersheriff, he decided to run against Sheriff Roy Cordova in the June 1 Democratic primary.

    Shortly after, Marquez found himself without a job.

    On March 16, Marquez, Cordova and two others filed their Democratic candidacies for sheriff. A Republican entered the GOP primary.

  • Highlands regents delay decision

    Highlands University has been given a little more time to find ways to save its wrestling and rodeo programs.

    On Wednesday, the school’s Board of Regents voted to delay a decision on the administration’s recommendation to do away with wrestling and rodeo because of budget cuts.

    This happened before a large crowd of wrestling and rodeo enthusiasts.

    During the meeting, student regent Greg Rael announced that he would have a forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kennedy Hall to look for ways to save the programs.

  • College may ax two sports

    Highlands University’s wrestling and rodeo programs may be destined for the chopping block.

    On Wednesday, the school’s Board of Regents will consider the administration’s proposal to cut the two sports. The university has seen its athletics budget drop by nearly 15 percent since fiscal year 2009 — the result of statewide spending cuts.

    “This isn’t an easy decision to make. It’s not as if people are jumping up and down to get rid of these programs,” Highlands spokesman Sean Weaver said.

  • Montano elected to lead board

    Ramon “Swoops” Montaño was seated as Las Vegas City Schools board president for the second time in a yearly reorganization of the board at a recent meeting. 

    He replaces Phillip Vigil as the leader of the board.  

    Montaño was also elected as president of the state school boards association.

    Gabriel Lucero replaces Montaño as vice president of the local board, and Patrick Romero remains as secretary.

  • County to tackle turbine rules

    San Miguel County officials will likely take a look at wind-farm regulations at its meeting next month. But no action is expected at that time.

    It’s an issue that has caused division in the Valley since a company expressed interest in putting up wind turbines on the mesa near Bernal a few years ago.

    Some hope to benefit economically from such a project, while others contend turbines are unsightly, noisy and damaging to wildlife.

  • Tears shed for West graduate at remembrance service

    During a remembrance ceremony at West Las Vegas’ gym on Friday, family and friends of Mariah J. Arguello said she was a happy, funny, spirited girl, and the light of their lives. Arguello, 18, a 2009 West Las Vegas High School graduate, was killed shortly before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on Interstate 25 near San Juan, as she was driving back to Las Vegas. The other driver, Cecilio Jaramillo, 28, of Santa Fe, was also killed.

  • Second DWI slipped through the cracks

    State police suspected that Cecilio Jaramillo may have been drinking and driving when he struck another car head on last week on Interstate 25. Both he and the other driver, 18-year-old Mariah Arguello of Las Vegas, died.  While it’s clear that Jaramillo was convicted of his first DWI in 2004, it appears that his second alleged offense in 2007 fell through the cracks.  Las Vegas police Officer Clarence Romero filed the DWI charge against Jaramillo in early January 2007.

  • Veterans project under way

    Renovation of the old armory on Douglas Avenue has begun, and local officials hope to make it a center for veterans. The armory, which is next to the Las Vegas City Schools administration building, was severely damaged in a fire in 1993.

  • Court sessions to be held at schools

    Magistrate Court is used to holding hearings for DWI offenders in its building on Seventh Street.  But next month, it will be changing its scenery — holding court in both of the local high schools.  The San Miguel County DWI Program is arranging for the court to hold a number of hearings in the gyms at Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools.