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  • 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.

  • Medical pot user to lose rent subsidy

    Las Vegas resident Robert Jones isn’t shy about saying that he grows marijuana plants in his house. His cancer qualifies him as a legal user.
    But that apparently doesn’t matter to San Miguel County’s housing voucher program — known as Section 8.
    On Oct. 12, the program’s executive director, Gilbert Almanza, informed Jones that he would no longer be getting the Section 8 benefit, effective Nov. 30.

  • Trick or treating to be on Sunday

    The city of Las Vegas is encouraging children to trick-or-treat on Sunday after all.

    Last week, the mayor said the city would ask that kids go trick-or-treating on Saturday.

    But he said the city had a “change of heart” after protests.

    “City Hall was bombarded with calls. People said they wanted Sunday. I hadn’t heard nice comments about Saturday,” the mayor said.
    Old Town merchants are still inviting trick-or-treaters to go to their area Friday afternoon.

  • Las Vegan helps tell region’s story

    Patricia Crespin, who calls Las Vegas home, is set to appear on stage for the upcoming “Bless Me, Ultima” show.

    Crespin is part of award-winning Vortex Theatre’s performance of Rudolfo Anaya’s book- turned-into-play. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Highlands University’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • State representative faces retired educator in House race

    Retired educator Mel Root is facing state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, in the District 70 House race.

    Vigil, a bus contractor, has represented the district since 1999 and beat the Republican Root with 70 percent of the vote two years ago.


    The heavily Democratic district covers much of San Miguel County, including most of Las Vegas, and a small portion of Torrance County.