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  • Fries: Highlands long aware of problem

    Highlands University maintains that it has been aware of city natural gas overcharges for the last two years.

    The university disputed the argument from the city that no one at Highlands caught the jump in bills, so it was paid until around the beginning of the year.

    “The university was quite aware of the overcharge for the past two years and has been working with the city during that time to address the problem,” Highlands President Jim Fries said in an e-mail last week to the school’s employees.

  • Man arrested after fight over noise

    An Albuquerque man allegedly upset with nearby noise attacked two other men at Storrie Lake State Park, state police said.

    Phillip Medrano, 58, of Albuquerque was charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    State police were already headed to the park around 10:30 p.m. July 3 because of a noise complaint when they got word that a fight had taken place.

  • Police: Men throw cans at officer

    Two Las Vegas men are charged with throwing a beer can at a city police officer.

    Arrested were Rudy Valdez, 21, and Roland Romero Jr., 24, on charges of aggravated battery, a fourth-degree felony, and conspiracy, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    Around 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Eric Padilla was driving in the 100 block of Independence Avenue when a couple of beer cans were thrown at his squad car — one going through an open passenger window and striking him in the head, Montaño said.  

  • 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.