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  • Jail Log - Aug. 19, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Aug. 8 and Aug. 17:

  • Prosecutors re-file cockfighting charges

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Prosecutors are renewing their pursuit of cockfighting charges against a La Cienega man.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the case against Raul Trinidad-Enriquez, 27, moved from county magistrate court to state district court on Wednesday when prosecutors refiled the charges.

    Magistrate Judge Sandra Miera had dismissed the case in July when Deputy District Attorney JoHanna Cox didn’t appear at a hearing. The case includes 12 petty misdemeanor charges.

  • Offers pour in for man who saved girl

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A man whose gutsy and quick action saved a family from its worst nightmare is winning praise and offers of help from people across the country.

    Antonio Diaz Chacon, 24, used his truck to chase a man after he allegedly snatched a 6-year-old girl and fled with her in his van, rescuing the child when the vehicle crashed.

  • BREAKING: Block discloses addiction to medications

    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. says he's fighting an addiction to prescription drugs but plans to remain in the regulatory job despite calls for his resignation over allegations of misuse of taxpayer money.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Block disclosed the addiction after a Tuesday meeting of the Public Regulation Commission.

    Block said he is getting treatment but "it's a daily battle." He declined to provide other details of his addiction.

  • Bears wreak havoc in area

    By Ruth Fort and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Buena Vista resident Resa Sawyer had already lost six goats to a bear, so on Sunday evening when the bear returned and tried to get another goat, she was ready.

    She shot at it. When that didn’t work she ran out and yelled at him.

    The bear backed away, jumped over a fence and turned his attention to meat left in a state Game and Fish Department trap, sealing his fate.

  • A Dream Come True

    SANTA FE — Mary Alice Gonzales’ dream came true on Monday afternoon.
    Sixty-five years after she had hoped to graduate from high school, the 86-year-old received an honorary Robertson High School diploma from the Las Vegas City Schools district, realizing a lifelong dream.

    Gonzales, formerly Mary Alice Trujillo, was planning to graduate in 1946.

  • County gets donation worth $100K


    About 68 acres of land in the Rowe area once owned by Academy Award-winning actress Greer Garson and her millionaire husband has been donated to San Miguel County.

     The land was assessed at $100,000. It is located in District 2, the area Commissioner Marcellino Ortiz represents.

    “It’s in a good area, and it’s a gift,” Ortiz said. “This is a great acquisition for the county.”

    Ortiz said the land is thought to have once been a part of the Los Trigos Land Grant.

  • Man pronounced dead after rollover

    Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas man was pronounced dead after his vehicle rolled Saturday night in the Camp Luna area.

    Gilbert Garduño, 60, was alone in the vehicle when it rolled. No other vehicles were involved.

    It’s unclear whether Garduño died from injuries sustained in the automobile accident or whether he suffered a medical episode before the rollover.  The cause of the crash and Garduño’s cause of death are pending autopsy and drug/alcohol results, according to state police.

  • Looking Back - August 17, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Aug. 18 — It looks dark for statehood for New Mexico and Arizona at this session of congress. This is the consensus of opinion in both houses. It is admitted that Senator Bailey and a few other determined Democrats in the senate can prevent action in the upper body. In the house the Democrats are divided. Some of them insist on voting on a motion to pass the original Flood resolution over the veto of President Taft. Others feel that such a program should be abandoned in favor of the Flood-Smith compromise resolution.

  • Looking Ahead - August 17, 2011

    City Council meeting is today

    The Las Vegas City Council will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at City Hall, 1700 N. Grande Ave.