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  • For utility, it's Mora vs. Pecos

    The electric utility serving much of rural Mora and San Miguel counties is seeing a tug-of-war between members from Mora and Pecos.

    During this Saturday’s annual meeting, members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative will vote on a number of proposals that could affect the amount of influence that Mora and Pecos have over the cooperative.

    Eighteen proposed bylaw changes are on the ballot for the more than 10,000 members of the cooperative. Voting sites will be in Mora, Pecos and Las Vegas.

  • Armed man arrested

    An armed man involved in a domestic dispute barricaded himself in his house for much of early Saturday morning, finally giving up shortly after dawn, city police said. No one was hurt.

    Jesus Montoya, 43, 410 Socorro St., was charged with a number of counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against police officers and others, officials said.

    Between New Mexico Avenue and South Pacific Street, a narrow Socorro Street was filled with about 20 to 30 police cars from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Bad communication is called culprit

    The Mora County Commission canceled a meeting at the last minute on Thursday. One commissioner called it the result of a “lack of communication.”

    About 25 people showed up for the meeting, including state Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate, and Pablo Sedillo, a representative of U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.

    Also driving to the meeting was the county attorney, who drove from Santa Fe, presumably at the county’s cost. Other county employees were present.

  • No plans to demolish Sierra Vista

    Sierra Vista Elementary apparently won’t meet the wrecking ball anytime soon.

    Recently, the Las Vegas City Schools finished a new roof on the school, which is the newest in the school district, built in 1988.

    Last year, the state had placed the school No. 14 on the statewide list for demolition of schools.

    “We’ll jump to well over 200 on that list,” Superintendent Rick Romero told the school board last week.

  • Progress made in combatting fire

    The Tecolote Fire is a quarter contained, officials say.

    The fire is on Bear Mountain, about 2.5 miles south of Gallinas Canyon. The blaze is raging on rugged terrain in the Santa Fe National Forest.

    No structures have been burned, and no evacuations have been ordered.

    The fire has burned 717 acres. According to officials, 550 personnel are committed to the blaze.

    Officials said there wasn’t an expansion in the fire Wednesday, despite the higher temperatures, gusty winds and low humidity.

  • Student center work to start soon

    Construction of Highlands University’s student center will start late this month or early next, officials say.

    Re-cently, the Highlands University Board of Regents awarded a contract for construction of the new student center to Makwa Construction of Albuquerque. The firm submitted the low bid of $16 million.

    President Jim Fries said Makwa was clearly the low bidder.

    “There was a great deal of interest in this project. In fact, we received 10 bids from major general contractors,” Fries said.

  • West leader gets new job

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu, whose contract expires at the end of the month, has found a new job.

    Abreu will become the new executive director of the Northeast Regional Education Cooperative, which is made up of the East, West, Mora, Wagon Mound, Pecos and Santa Rosa school districts.

    He will be taking the place of Lorenzo Marquez, who is retiring.

    The cooperative is based out of the education building at Highlands University, with a staff of nine full-time employees, plus a dozen contract consultants.

  • FFA teacher dies in crash

    Gary Leger, the national award-winning FFA teacher at Robertson High School, died in a car accident Wednesday evening,

    His brother, James Leger, said Thursday that the crash happened around 6:30 p.m. in Oklahoma and that his brother was airlifted to Amarillo. He died shortly after.

    James Leger said his brother apparently pulled away from a stop sign but didn’t see an oncoming car, which was the same color as the surroundings. The other car struck the driver’s side.

  • City police not using Tasers
  • Nearby blaze partly contained

    The Tecolote fire was 10 percent contained as of Tuesday morning, officials said.

    The blaze, which started Friday night, has burned 700 acres. But the fire hasn’t struck any buildings, and no evacuations have been ordered.

    “No structures are immediately threatened. We’ve had people talk to homeowners,” said Denise Ottaviano, a U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman.

    The fire is on Bear Mountain, about 2.5 miles south of Gallinas Canyon. The blaze is raging on rugged terrain in the Santa Fe National Forest.