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  • Mayor: No inquiry into leaks

    The city attorney may be interested in pursuing a “leak” of city e-mails, but Mayor Tony Marquez is not.

    Marquez told the Optic in an e-mail Thursday that the e-mails should have been released under the state Inspection of Public Records Act. Marquez also said he drafted a new policy in early September in response to concerns raised by the state’s attorney general.

  • ADA upgrades planned

    The mayor’s ADA committee, a group of volunteers appointed by the mayor, helps the city with compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    The group also serves to address the needs of citizens with disabilities and to increase awareness in our community of the issues of handicapped people.

  • County puts liens on properties

    San Miguel County plans to slap liens on more than 100 properties for unpaid solid waste bills.

    Last week, the San Miguel County Commission voted to authorize its staff to file the liens, with officials calling the measure a “last resort.” Some of the unpaid bills go back a decade.

    Commission Chairman David Salazar said the county has been dealing with the issue for years.

  • County handles road dispute

    The County Commission this week agreed to abandon a mile of road in the Ribera area — a move that angered nearby residents who contended they needed it for access.

    After an hour of discussion, the commission voted to vacate one mile of the more than four-mile-long County Road B-41-E, which is in the area of the Corruco Bridge.

  • Luna official alleged to have hit teen

    Luna Community College Trustee Ambrose Castellano is under investigation for allegedly throwing a punch at a teenager during last week’s West Las Vegas football game.

    According to a Las Vegas police report, witnesses told officers that Castellano, 37, yelled at the 17-year-old victim and then punched him in the face. The incident allegedly took place near the concession stand.

    The alleged victim told officers that Castellano asked him if he had been “messing” with Castellano’s teen son. Both teens reportedly had had an ongoing feud for years.

  • Mora official braces for angry people

    Mora County Assessor Angela Romero is expecting to see a lot of angry people in her office next month.

    On Nov. 1, the assessor’s office will be sending out annual property tax bills, and many will be seeing big increases.

    Others, however, will enjoy significant drops in their bills.

    Since 2008, the office has changed the designation for many properties that had been classified for grazing, which were eligible for significantly lower tax rates.

  • Blaze put out on west side

    Las Vegas firefighters put out a blaze at a house on New Mexico Avenue last week.

    When the firefighters arrived Saturday morning at 2214 New Mexico Ave., they evacuated two people from the house, Fire Chief Phillip Mares said. The fire started in the attic and was mostly confined to that area, he said.

    “The firefighters saved most of the structure,” he said.

  • Longtime leader dies at 84

    Ray Leger, a former state senator and West Las Vegas schools superintendent, died Tuesday. He was 84.

    Leger, who had been ill for some months, is believed to be the superintendent with the longest reign in northern Mexico. He served in the 1960s and 1970s.

    “That’s a job that is hard to hold for that long,” local attorney Jesus Lopez, a former West board member, said during Wednesday’s County Commission meeting.  “He was quite an educator. He worked hand in hand with Tiny Martinez (longtime local leader) in building West.”

  • Marquez seeks prayer at meetings

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez’s newest proposal may have a prayer.

    For years, the City Council has called for a moment of silence near the beginning of meetings. Now, the mayor wants a prayer and invocation in addition to the moment of silence.

    The council’s agenda for last week’s meeting included the prayer, but Marquez said he wanted the council to vote on the issue before it begins its public prayers.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said only two New Mexico cities have prayers during meetings — one of them being Clovis.

  • Teen arrested in girl's death

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — A teen from Las Vegas has been arrested in the death of a girl found unresponsive in a parking lot in Colorado.

    Adams County sheriff's officials say 18-year-old Joseph Daniel Mascarenas is being held for investigation of second-degree murder. His bond was set at $100,000.