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  • County approves Pecos development

    The San Miguel County Commission last week approved a four-lot housing development in the Pecos area.

    The residential lots will be about two acres each, and the developer, Bonnie McGowan, will reserve 116 acres for open space — a portion of which would be used for hiking trails, gardens and stables.

    Several speakers during the commission’s meeting last week praised McGowan’s plans for the Hawk’s Landing subdivision.

    However, one nearby resident, M. Dolores White-Vigil, sent a letter to the commission opposing the proposed development.

  • School’s dress code questioned

    Andrea Lucero, the mother of Las Vegas City Schools students, says the district pays more attention to the dress code than education.

    She said one of her daughters spent a month in all-day detention at Memorial Middle School because of a lip ring. She said the daughter decided to keep her ring as a matter of principle; otherwise, Lucero said, the piercing would have closed up.

    “The dress code is ridiculous,” she said. “My daughter has been treated like a common criminal. It’s not like she beat someone up or brought drugs to school.”

  • East to teachers: No fridges

    Some teachers in the Las Vegas City Schools have their own refrigerators, microwaves and coffee pots in their classrooms.

    But they won’t any longer, the district says. The district is telling teachers to remove them.

    The move has caused some grumbling among teachers.

    Officials say they are looking for ways to save as fuel costs continue to rise.

  • Former state Rep. David Salman dies at age 74

    Former Democratic state Rep. David Salman, known for his interest in education, has died. He was 74.

    The House, which convened in a special budget session Monday, held a moment of silence for Salman, who represented the Las Vegas area.

    He died Sunday in Albuquerque, said his wife, Marilyn. She declined to release a cause of death but said he had not been ill.

    Salman was in the House from 1969 to 1978, serving as majority floor leader from 1971 to 1978.

  • Charter's passage up in the air

    Las Vegas voters passed a new charter for the city government on Tuesday.

    Or did they?

    According to city election results, 56 percent of voters supported a 35-page document that would serve as the city’s new constitution.

    But local attorney Danelle Smith said she believes that at least 60 percent needed to back the charter to make it a reality. She pointed to a provision in the four-decade-old existing charter that requires a super-majority of 60 percent to pass charter amendments.

  • Testimony: Official circulated petition

    The second in command at the Las Vegas City Schools asked her subordinates to support her husband, a former Robertson High School teacher accused of having sex repeatedly with a student, according to testimony last week.

    Some of the information about a petition circulated by Quintana came out during a preliminary hearing last week. At the hearing’s end, a magistrate judge sent the case against Quintana’s husband, Jay Quintana, to

    District Court for a trial.

  • Ortiz is the new mayor

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz won in a landslide over two write-in opponents in the mayor’s race on Tuesday.

    He prevailed with 1,537 votes, or 70 percent. Patrick Romero got 388 votes (18 percent), while Daniel Holguin finished last with 294 votes (13 percent).

    In Ward 1, Tonita Gurule-Giron won with 257 votes, or 34 percent, beating longtime former City Councilman Macario Gonzalez, who received 219 votes, or 29 percent. Roland Medrano came in third with 209 votes, or 28 percent, and Bruce McAllister fourth with 72, or 10 percent.

  • Mayor averts controversy

    Mayor Tony Marquez, who has had a penchant for controversy in his two years at the helm, averted one in his final days.

    Marquez, who didn’t run for re-election, had scheduled a City Council meeting for this evening, a day after the municipal election.

    But he decided Tuesday not to hold it after all.

    That was after two council members had said they wouldn’t attend, contending it should be left to the new governing body. Another member said he would have gone in protest.

  • District clears Robertson counselor

    Robertson High School counselor Amadee Duran, who was placed on leave last November for alleged “inappropriate” activities, is now back on the job.

    Duran, who returned Monday, has been cleared by an internal investigation conducted by the Las Vegas City Schools district. She was placed on leave after allegations of “inappropriate contact” surfaced.

  • State police arrest repeat DWI offenders

    The state police arrested three Las Vegans in recent days on DWI charges -- all of whom have been charged with the offense several times before.

    Leonard R. Montoya, 43, 1003 Tilden St., was charged with his seventh DWI offense on Sunday.

    A state police officer noticed that Montoya was weaving between lanes in his pickup truck on Mountain View Drive, according to a criminal complaint. After the officer pulled over Montoya, the driver admitted that he had come from Legers bar, which was near where he was stopped. His arrest occurred shortly after closing time.