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  • Sheriff hopefuls debate Tasers

    Three Democratic candidates for San Miguel County sheriff said the Sheriff’s Department should be able to use Tasers, which are electroshock weapons.

    Another said it’s too early because the department is still an inmate transport agency, not a law enforcement one. Still another said he’s opposed to the weapon entirely, to which an independent candidate agreed.

    Candidates for sheriff and magistrate judge took questions during a forum on Thursday sponsored by the Highlands University Graduate Student Senate.

  • Man convicted of trafficking cocaine

    A Las Vegas man has been convicted of trafficking cocaine and will be serving two years behind bars, officials said.

    Delfino “Delfy” Salazar, 54, was recently sentenced to two years in prison, followed by two years of probation and parole, District Attorney Richard Flores said. If Salazar is caught trafficking drugs again, prosecutors could use the first conviction to justify charging him with a first-degree felony, Flores said.

  • Alamo Street project resumes

    A contractor has resumed the Alamo Street project, which is slated to be finished by month’s end.

    That’s likely to be a relief to residents on Alamo, who have complained about the muddy street during the worst of winter. It took residents four-wheel drives at times to get to their houses.

    The contractor, Sangre de Cristo Gravel, said it tried its best to keep the road as navigable as possible.

    In mid-December, the city suspended the paving project on Alamo from McRae to South Pacific streets because of the onset of winter.

  • Famous scientist visits Las Vegas

    Ushered into the United World College auditorium by youngsters wielding a huge cloth “Peace Dove,” London-born Jane Goodall, world-renowned ethologist  and primatologist, was greeted with a standing ovation by the overflow crowd.

    Goodall immediately charmed the group with her own greeting — the rising cadence of  “OO-OO-OO-OO-OO” — recognizable as the sound of chimpanzee salutation.

  • West board member: I was 'blindsided'

    A West Las Vegas school board member said Thursday she was “blindsided” by the district's music director, Arenell David Arellanes, who took swipes against politicians in announcing that he was leaving for a new job.

    Arellanes, who was recently recognized as the National Music Educator of the Year by the National Association of High Schools, has signed a contract with Albuquerque’s Sandia Prep for next school year.

  • Mayor: Rate hikes possible

    Looking to keep taxes and fees the same? That’s probably not realistic, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz says.

    At Wed-nesday’s City Council meeting, Ortiz said the city’s utilities departments had many needs, so he warned residents that the city may have to ask them to pay more.

    “Rates if anything are going to go up, not down. We need to pay for improvements,” the mayor said.

    He said the state and federal governments are in dire financial situations, so the city may have to absorb many costs itself, rather than relying on outside grants.

  • Las Vegans lose weight in challenge

    Las Vegans shed well more than 100 pounds in body fat in the recent Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, officials said.

    The staff from the city’s recreation center presented the winners of the challenge on Wednesday. Mayor Alfonso Ortiz noted that the challenge began under his predecessor, Tony Marquez.

    “I’m not the fittest, but I’m holding my own,” the new mayor said.

    A total of 225 people signed up to take part in the challenge, more than in previous ones.

  • Where does county official live?

    June Garcia is running for re-election to the San Miguel County Commission. But some wonder if she, in fact, lives in this county.

    Documents from the Sandoval County’s assessor’s office show that Garcia’s husband and predecessor, LeRoy Garcia, got a head-of-household exemption for their Rio Rancho home late last month. Such a designation would mean that the Rio Rancho home is their primary residence.

  • Sobriety checkpoint planned

    State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint Saturday evening in the Pecos area of San Miguel County.

     

    Sobriety Checkpoints are one of the most powerful weapons in the battle to reduce drunken driving.  The checkpoints not only help to get drunks off the road but are an important educational tool, these are living breathing bill boards that will take you to jail so you can contemplate the poor choice to drink and drive.

  • Noted teacher leaving West

    West Las Vegas music director Arnell David Arellanes was recently among a group of 15 teachers nationwide who were recognized at the national level in their respective fields.

    Now he’s leaving the school district.

    With a steady stream of recognition at the local, state and national levels, Arellanes has become a well-known and sought-after music director, He has announced that he has signed a contract with the private school, Sandia Prep, in Albuquerque.