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  • Teen jumps off train

    A 15-year-old boy jumped off an Amtrak train near Watrous early Wednesday morning.

    He was flown to a hospital in either Santa Fe or Albuquerque because he suffered injuries in the jump, state police said.

    Officers are trying to figure out where the boy is hospitalized, so they can interview him to see what happened, Lt. Eric Garcia said.

    No other information was available, Garcia said.

  • Jury: Ex-cop innocent

    A former San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy was found not guilty Tuesday of an alleged attack on a man in his home.

    With tears welling up in her eyes after the verdict, Bolivar said, “I would like to thank all the people who believed in me, including my family, my attorney, my biggest supporter (Sheriff) Benjie (Vigil), and God.”

    The eight-woman, four-man jury reached its verdict after the two-day trial.

  • Some claim wind rules too restrictive

    The San Miguel County Commission is considering a proposed ordinance that would keep wind farms three miles away from residences.

    The only exception would be when all affected residents within a three-mile area agree to a variance.

    However, some believe the three-mile setback is too restrictive, effectively keeping out wind farms.

    For the last year and a half, a county task force has been drafting the proposed ordinance. During that time, the county has had a moratorium on wind farms.

  • Review: Turning back the pages of time

    Susan Jensen and Paul Singer’s “Cowboy Shindig” in Las Vegas’ Plaza Hotel Ballroom last Sunday afternoon entertained a crowd of close to 200.

    J&S Productions’ media package had invited folks with “pull on your boots and screw down your hat,” and some attendees, indeed, were wearing the proper garb. No matter, though, as all the branding, roping, riding and ranch work was confined to the screen.

  • City official pushes Fiesta accountability

    City Manager Timothy Dodge is asking for more accountability from the Fiesta Council — using the same standards applied to other nonprofit groups that receive city money.

    During a Fiesta Council meeting on Tuesday, Dodge said the city should have a seat on the council.

    He also asked that quarterly reports be submitted to the city — something that hasn’t happened in the past.

    “The city is probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest, funder. If we’re going to use public resources, we need accountability,” he said.

  • Police nab DWI repeat offender

    For the third time in recent weeks, local state police officers caught a repeat DWI offender, reports state.

    Jesus Barraza-Ruiz, 43, 1204 Montezuma St., was charged with the fourth-degree felony of DWI. He was also charged with driving with a suspended license, having no insurance, and failing to display registration and register his car.

    It was his fifth DWI offense, police said.

  • Fiesta dismissals questioned

    Fiesta Council President Mathew Martinez asked that six members he ousted two weeks ago not attend any more meetings.

    He didn’t get his wish.

    On Tuesday, the Fiesta Council held its regular meeting in the City Council’s chambers at City Hall, and four of the dismissed members showed up. Top city officials also attended the first half of the two-hour meeting.

  • Railroad crossing is made safer

    The railroad crossing where two people have been killed over the last couple of years now has mechanical crossing guards.

    Recently, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway completed the guards at the crossing at Arriba Road north of Las Vegas. The state Department of Transportation secured federal money for the project, which was budgeted at $300,000, according to the state.

    The crossing is often used by those accessing the city’s transfer station.

  • Man charged with sex crime

    A man accused of performing a sexual act on a teen has been sentenced to probation.

    Tony Cisneros, 54, a government employee, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of criminal sexual penetration, a fourth-degree felony.

    He entered a plea agreement with prosecutors and will not be registered as a sex offender if he complies with the terms of his agreement.

    He could have faced up to 18 months in prison.

    According to authorities, Cisneros performed the sexual act on a boy in July 2009 at the youth’s home.

  • Blaze destroys house

    Firefighters responded to a blaze at 1515 S. Pacific St. early Monday afternoon.

    Authorities blocked off nearby streets as hoses were pointed toward the house, which has a large front yard.

    The smoke from the blaze could be seen around town, and as usual, that drew traffic to the westside neighborhood.

    City Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire, but a resident, Douglas James, who lives on the property, was not displaced because he lives on another place on the property.