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  • San Miguel sheriff easily wins re-election

    By David Giuliani

    Las Vegas Optic

     

    Sheriff Benjamin Vigil, a Democrat, trounced his independent opponent, Rico Giron in Tuesday’s election.

     

    With 27 of 30 precincts reporting, Vigil had 77 percent of the vote to Giron’s 23 percent. 

     

    In the Democratic primary in June, Vigil scraped by with 35.6 percent of the vote against four candidates. His closest rival, Joseph  Santillanes, got 34.3 percent. 

     

  • Area competitive races

     

    San Miguel County

    27 of 30 precincts 

    Magistrate Judge Division 1

    Philip Romero, Democrat 77.5%

    Daniel Holguin, Republican 22.5

     

    MORA COUNTY

    County

    Paula Garcia, Democrat 64.1%

  • Martinez gets big endorsement

    Las Vegas Democratic politico Jesus Lopez danced with a Republican on Saturday night — literally.


    In a surprise move, Lopez, a former local Democratic Party chairman, escorted Republican  gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez into the outside area of El Rialto Restaurant in Old Town.


    He and Martinez danced “La Marcha” together at a rally attended by hundreds.

  • HUD gives mixed signals on pot

    The federal housing agency is giving mixed signals about its policy for medical marijuana in subsidized housing.

    Recently, San Miguel County’s housing authority informed local medical marijuana user Robert Jones that it was revoking his federal housing subsidy known as Section 8, which helps low-income people. The authority cited Jones’ use of marijuana.

  • State hopes project done by year’s end

    Officials hope to get the Grand Avenue project completed by the end of the year.

    The state Transportation Department had planned to finish the work by October, but the utilities portion of the project has taken longer than expected, said David Trujillo, the state Department of Transportation’s local assistant district engineer.

    Heavy rains in August also delayed the work, he said.

    “We’ve been lucky with some good weather. Hopefully, it’ll hold,” Trujillo said. “Utilities have been what has been killing us on our schedule.”

  • Feds: County program troubled

    The federal government placed San Miguel County’s housing program in troubled status earlier this month.


    Such a sanction means the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development may transfer the county’s Section 8 housing voucher program to another agency.


    The program provides vouchers to help low-income people get housing.

  • Regent says HU has too many sites

    Legislative leaders have looked at state universities’ growing number of satellite campuses as a place to wield the budget ax.


    This week, a member of the Highlands University Board of Regents agreed that there are too many, calling the situation “ridiculous.”

  • Man charged with fifth DWI offense

    The state police have made another DWI arrest on Mountain View Drive.
    Damian J. Valdez, 25, 2401 Calle Dulce, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving with a revoked license and having an open container of alcohol. It was his fifth DWI offense, police said.
    Around 1:30 a.m. Oct. 16, state police Officer Shane Todd saw the driver of a Chevrolet truck fail to make a stop at Mountain View and East drives, reports state.

  • Marr parking lot will be finished later

    The Las Vegas City Schools district has paved half of the Marr Gym parking lot at Robertson High School. It will wait to do the rest later, Superintendent Rick Romero said last week.

    He said when the district started the parking lot project, many students parked in no-parking zones. He said if the district had finished the parking lot project all at once, it would have taken another eight weeks.


    Residents didn’t want to endure the parking problems for too long, Romero said.

  • Police: Officer drove drunk

    A Mora County sheriff’s transport officer was found Monday driving drunk in an unmarked sheriff’s car on Interstate 25, state police said.
    Ramon Montoya, 28, of Sapello, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated.


    His blood-alcohol level was reported at .30, more than three times the state’s presumed level of intoxication.


    Montoya, who started in July, is on unpaid leave from the Sheriff’s Department pending an internal investigation. He is an uncommissioned officer who transports inmates.