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  • County employees get pay hikes

    Many government agencies are cutting the number of their employees and furloughing the ones who are left.

    But San Miguel County Commission last week approved a 3 percent salary increase for those who didn’t receive a pay hike earlier this fiscal year.

    County Commission Chairman David Salazar said the increase was to the credit of county staff. And he said officials in different departments have been doing a good job in raising revenue to make the raise possible.

  • Vegas woman gets full sentence

    Bernadette Sanchez, the Las Vegas woman convicted of killing a man last year, has received the maximum sentence.

    Late last year, a jury found Sanchez, 37, guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the April 2009 death of Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36.

    At a hearing Monday, Sanchez was sentenced to seven and a half years for voluntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.

  • Attorneys disagree over charter

    A former city attorney is urging the mayor and the City Council to accept the premise that voters didn’t pass a new constitution  earlier this month.

    Since the March 2 municipal election, the attorney, Danelle Smith, has argued that even though 56 percent of voters backed the charter, that wasn’t enough for passage. Rather, the city needed 60 percent for its adoption, she maintains.

  • Three arrested on drug charges

    The Mora County Sheriff’s Department has arrested three men on drug charges.

    Emilio Romero, 21, of Sapello; Nicky B. Branch, 19, of Holman; and Joseph Valdez, 21, of Cleveland, N.M., were charged March 12.

    Romero faces charges of trafficking cocaine and ecstasy, conspiracy, tampering with evidence and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Valdez is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and conspiracy, and Branch faces charges of conspiracy and tampering with evidence.

  • Council debates conservation

    In a split decision, the City Council last week voted to take the next step toward enacting an updated water conservation ordinance.

    One council member argued that the proposed law would be burdensome for residents. But another countered that it was needed to ensure an adequate water supply.

    At issue was the part of the ordinance requiring water-conserving plumbing. The proposed ordinance would mandate that all nonresidential water users retrofit their buildings with low-water-use fixtures.

  • West board ousts superintendent

    Shortly before midnight Thursday, a majority of the West Las Vegas school board voted down a new contract for Superintendent Jim Abreu.

    That means he will be leaving at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30.

    The board voted 3-2 against renewing its contract with Abreu, a former Highlands University education dean who has served as superintendent for the last three years. Board members Caroline Lopez, Kenny Lujan and David Romero opposed renewing Abreu’s contract, while Christine Ludi and Gary Gold supported the superintendent.

  • FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE: West district votes down superintendent; board member explains vote against Abreu

    Shortly before midnight Thursday, a majority of the West Las Vegas school board voted down a new contract for Superintendent Jim Abreu.

    That means he will be leaving at the end of the fiscal year, which is June 30.

    The board voted 3-2 against renewing its contract with Abreu, a former Highlands University education dean who has served as superintendent for the last three years. Board members Caroline Lopez, Kenny Lujan and David Romero opposed renewing Abreu's contract, while Christine Ludi and Gary Gold supported the superintendent.

  • Plenty of competition in races

    San Miguel and Mora counties will have their share of competitive races in the June 1 Democratic primary.

    San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil is fending off four opponents in the Democratic primary — Las Vegas police detective Roy Pacheco, Las Vegas police Officer Clarence Romero, former Las Vegas Officer Joseph Santillanes and Ben J. Lujan.

  • City of Las Vegas annexes state hospital

    The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday decided to annex the state hospital — in what is believed to the biggest addition to the city in four decades.

    The council voted unanimously to annex the 153 acres of the hospital property and the neighboring land of Eloisa Peña. Peña’s property was needed to connect the state hospital property to the city.

  • Man sentenced for robbing store

    A man who was accused of holding up a convenience store, among other crimes, has been convicted, the district attorney said.

    Richard Griego, 23, of Ribera has been sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison and two years of parole, District Attorney Richard Flores said in a statement.

    According to the DA’s office, Griego held up the Allsups at 113 S. Grand Ave. Witnesses said Griego placed some items on the counter and as a clerk opened up the cash register, Griego jumped over the counter and pulled out the drawer and fled the store with the cash.