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  • East board opposes land swap

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has come out against the proposed land swap at White Peak, which is near Ocate.

    The board, led by  member Gabe Lucero, joins other opponents, including Gov. Bill Richardson, the San Miguel County Commission and area sportsmen groups.

    East board members contended that the proposed deal, pushed by Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, goes against the public interest and lines the pockets  of the recipients of the White Peak land.

  • Detective to run for sheriff

    Roy Pacheco, a detective with the Las Vegas Police Department, plans to run for San Miguel County sheriff.

    He announced that he will participate in the June 1 Democratic primary; candidates have to file in early March.

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil, who is eligible to run for a second four-year term, is widely expected to enter the race as well. Pacheco is the first to an-nounce his candidacy.

    Pach-eco, 30, has been with the Police Department for 13 years, joining the force shortly after his high school graduation.

  • Co-op project means fewer outages

    A power-line project in Mora County is expected to reduce the number of outages in that area, an official says.

    But some say that the new lines will hurt the area’s scenery.

    Abran Romero, general manager of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative, said the utility plans to start putting up the poles in mid-April from La Cueva to Mora.

  • County hears road dispute

    Daniel Garcia says his family has owned a portion of a road in the Valley for generations. But more than a quarter century ago, the county put it on its road log.

    Now, the family wants to take it back — a proposal some nearby residents oppose.

    On Friday, the San Miguel County Commission again heard the case for the abandonment of about a mile of B41-E. The road is near El Pueblo.

  • Blood test reveals suspect, police say

    A Villanueva man denied stealing an ATM machine, but a DNA test indicated otherwise, state police said.

    Richard Joseph Griego, 23, was arrested last week on charges of burglary, larceny and criminal damage.

    In early October, the owner of the Pecos River Campground in the Valley told state police that an ATM machine with several thousands of dollars worth of cash was taken, according to Magistrate Court documents.

    Soon after, the machine was found under a bridge at Coruco. Blood was found on the railing just above the machine and the ATM itself.

  • Two write-in hopefuls in mayoral race

    Two residents have filed as write-in candidates for mayor in the March 2 municipal election.

    Pat-rick Romero and Daniel Holguin Sr. will face mayoral candidate Alfonso Ortiz.

    Or-tiz’s name will be the only one on the ballot. Voters will have to write in the names of Romero or Holguin, and poll workers won’t be able to assist voters with the write-in candidates’ names.

  • State report gets mixed reaction

    One West Las Vegas board member believes a critical state report on the district will help make the schools better. Another thought that the report was unjust at times.

    Several board members also expressed concern that the draft report was leaked early.

    Staffers from the Legislative Finance Committee, the agency that drafted the report, attended West’s board meeting last week.

    Board member Kenny Lujan said he welcomed the findings, which contained recommendations that he said would improve the district. 

  • Judge lowers suspect's bond

    A state district judge last week lowered the bond for a man accused of killing another in an apparent road-rage incident in central Las Vegas.

    Richard Baca, 21, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter, had been in jail on a $1 million bond. But after arguments from both the state and defense, District Judge Eugenio Mathis reduced that amount to $100,000.

    Baca is also barred from entering San Miguel County, except for court appearances, the judge ruled. Baca is to stay with his grandmother in Los Lunas, which is south of Albuquerque.

  • Las Vegas gets new interim attorney

    Longtime local attorney David Romero is the city’s new interim attorney, a job he has had before.

    Last week, the City Council unanimously voted to approve Mayor Tony Marquez’s recommendation of Romero as the attorney. Romero has served as the city attorney in Las Vegas and other New Mexico towns, including Santa Rosa.

  • County still works on wind farm rules

    San Miguel County continues to work on updating its ordinance regulating wind farms, and officials promise that the public will be fully involved in that process.

    Last week, County Manager Les Montoya asked the County Commission about the next step the county should take with its efforts. The commissioners generally agreed that the county should continue to have a task force continue working on the ordinance.

    No applications are pending for wind turbines, but Chicago-based Invenergy LLC has expressed an interest in building a wind farm in the Bernal area.