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  • Mora school officials in dispute

    The chairman and the vice chairman of the Mora school board have gotten into a war of words via e-mail.

    Their differences are over the use of a district credit card and issues surrounding the hiring of Leroy “Huero” Sanchez as interim superintendent.

    On Dec. 16, Vice Chairman George Trujillo sent an e-mail to Chairman Joseph Griego, copied to other board members. He questioned what the pay and length of the contract would be for Sanchez, who took over just days before when the district put the superintendent, Dora Romero, on leave.

  • Marquez: City team '2nd to none'

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez says he is handing his successor a “great administration.”

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Marquez recognized the municipal candidates who were in the audience — mayoral candidate Alfonso Ortiz, Ward 1 council candidate Bruce McAllister, and Ward 4 council candidates David Romero and Joseph R. Baca.

    Marquez, elected in 2008 after more than a decade on the council, isn’t running for a second two-year term. Ortiz faces two write-in candidates, Patrick Romero and Daniel Holguin, in the March 2 election.

  • County enacts drilling moratorium

    The San Miguel County Commission passed a year-long moratorium on permits for oil and gas drilling — a move supported by everyone who spoke before the panel, including an industry spokeswoman.

    No one has approached the county about possible drilling, but companies have proposed such activity in neighboring Mora and Santa Fe counties.

    In calling for the moratorium, the county plans to form a task force and seek the advice of experts to develop a new ordinance for drilling. The current land-use ordinance includes just a half page dealing with such activity.

  • Hospital payment delayed

    No show, no money.

    That was the County Commission’s position this week when it rejected Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s request for nearly $42,000 in indigent funds.

    In November, the county started requesting that representatives from both Alta Vista and Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center appear before the commission to get their portion of county indigent funds.

    Such money helps the hospitals cover the costs of people too poor to pay for health care.

  • City OKs housing contract

    The City Council voted last week to approve IHP Construction for a 10-unit renovation in the public housing authority. IHP beat two other bidders, but it wasn’t the lowest. Officials said the lowest bidder had some problems in its proposal.

    The contract is worth $258,000, slightly over the engineer’s estimated cost of $250,000, said Robert Pacheco, the city’s housing director.

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    The City Council recognized Helen Rivera of El Sombrero Restaurant, which offers free Thanksgiving dinners to the public every year.

  • Decision on chamber audit delayed

    A dispute between two local business groups made its way to the City Council last week.

    At Councilman Andrew Feldman’s request, the council discussed a possible performance and fiscal audit of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce. He has said that he had heard about “serious problems” at the chamber, but he hasn’t said what they were.

    However, the chamber’s president and a top city official responded that no one has brought concerns about the group to them.

  • DWI suspect's fate unclear

    The West Las Vegas school district is keeping its options open on how to deal with an employee who has been charged with totaling a district vehicle while driving drunk.

    Meanwhile, an anti-DWI activist is questioning the district’s handling of the case.

    West Superintendent Jim Abreu said Monday that he wanted to talk with school board members and the district’s attorney before making any decisions on the employment of John J. Roybal, 41, a mechanic who got into the accident on Aug. 5 in the Moriarty area.

  • City, county policies call for termination

    John J. Roybal, the West Las Vegas school district mechanic accused of totaling a district vehicle while driving drunk, may have suffered bigger consequences already if he had been working for either the city of Las Vegas or San Miguel County.

    According to a 1995 resolution passed by the City Council, city employees who are charged with driving drunk while operating city vehicles or during work hours are terminated.

  • West is tackling tight budget

    The majority of the West Las Vegas school board is calling for a freeze on at least some budget line items.

    As Dawn Biagianti took her seat as the new business manager at West Las Vegas at a recent meeting, board member David Romero wanted to know where the district stood with its budget.

    “Where do we stand with our budget because out on the street, you hear that we’re pretty bad off... So could you tell us where we are money wise?” Romero asked.

  • City official charged with DWI

    Las Vegas’ code enforcement supervisor, who is now on leave from the city, is facing a drunken-driving charge, an official said.

    Carl A. Vigil, 53, was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving without his vehicle registration and proof of insurance, according to court records.

    City Manager Timothy Dodge said Vigil was on unpaid leave and has been in that status since Dec. 7.

    Dodge also confirmed that the Carl Vigil listed in court records as having been charged with DWI was the city’s code enforcement supervisor.