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  • Petition calls for vote on wind farm

    Opponents of the San Miguel County Commission wind ordinance are gathering signatures on a petition calling for a popular vote on the matter. But the legality of the petition itself is already being called into question.

    Rock Ulibarri, an opponent of the wind ordinance that passed Dec. 20, said the petition began circulating that day. The petitioners believe they must gather 15 percent of the county’s qualified voters within 30 days to force the matter on a special election ballot.

  • County officials take oath of office

    Newly elected San Miguel County officials took the oath of office Monday as district judges Matthew Sandoval and Eugenio Mathis, in turn, swore in Sheriff Benjamin Vigil, commissioners Ron Ortega and Arthur Padilla, Assessor Elaine Estrada, and Probate Judge Horace Lucero.   

    Sheriff Vigil, a Democrat, won re-election in November with 77 percent of the vote. Vigil was first elected to head the sheriff's department in 2006.

  • Police deal with rash of car break-ins

    Las Vegas has seen an increase in vehicle break-ins over the holiday season, Interim Police Chief Christian Montaño said Monday.

    Residential burglaries, however, are comparatively down, he said.

    In November and December, 28 vehicle burglaries were reported in town, compared to only 13 during the same two months a year earlier. In a news release issued last week, Montaño warned that the break-ins were occurring to “unlocked and unattended” vehicles.

  • Student helps MainStreet increase Artwalk interest

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University business student Jewell Esquibel helped increased Las Vegas business participation in Second Saturday Artwalk through a work- study internship with MainStreet Las Vegas.

    During the fall semester, Esquibel worked as the coordinator for Second Saturday Artwalk. Since 2008, more than 75 local artists have participated in Artwalk by teaming up with local galleries, retail shops, restaurants and other businesses to attract locals and visitors to historic downtown Las Vegas.

  • Residents near town to get tax cut

    Nine households southwest of Las Vegas will see a substantial drop in their property taxes next time around.

    That’s because the residents successfully argued to a valuation board that their loss of water has diminished the value of their properties.

    Earlier this month, the San Miguel County Valuation Protests Board ordered the county to reduce the residents’ property values by a third.

  • Christmas Mass
  • Anaya defends 2004 decision

    Six years later, former Gov. Toney Anaya says selecting Manny Aragon as Highlands University president was “the right decision at the time.”

    “We were looking at pursuing a different course for Highlands,” Anaya said in a recent interview.

    In 2004, Anaya was president of the Board of Regents when the panel selected state Senate leader Manny Aragon as president.

  • Family helps children in war-torn Juarez

    By Alfredo Corchado
    Dallas Morning News

    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — Even in this neighborhood where gunbattles keep them awake at night, the children are filled with the anticipation of Christmas. Heidi wants a doll. Nayeli craves cream-filled chocolates. Nancy dreams of roller skates.

  • City: Cleanup progress made

    A resident who has filled her house with trash for years has moved somewhere else. So the problem appears to have improved some — except for when she visits her old place, an official said last week.

    The neighbors of Gordy Maxine Thatcher-Godfrey have objected for years to the junk she collects around town and then puts in her front yard and in her house on Tilden Street.

    The neighbors fear that her house is pulling down the values of their homes.

  • A man for all reasons

    The trim gentleman in a cowboy hat, rain slicker and cowboy boots strides across the already snow-covered entryway: one could almost imagine his, “Howdy, Ma’am” greeting.

    But no, that was not his utterance, and as he crossed the threshold into the house, he wiped his boots on the mat. Despite his outward appearance, this was no “rowdy cowboy.”