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  • Study: Valley residents like things as they are

    Consultants hired by San Miguel County found out that most residents in the Valley want to keep things as they are.

    “They would like to see a continuation of the existing land use,” said Mariana Padilla, a consultant with Parametrix, which has an office in Albuquerque.

    Most of the land is now used for ranching and farming.

    Padilla said the residents like the agricultural character of the Valley and believe that any development should be in the already developed areas.

  • County vacates road amid protests

    The San Miguel County Commission decided last week to abandon a road in the eastern part of the county, but a couple of landowners at the meeting protested the decision.

    County officials said only one person used the 3.5 miles of County Road C-53B slated for abandonment. That road is in Maes, N.M., about 35 miles east of Las Vegas.

    The officials said the county hadn’t maintained the road in years and that it would cost at least $300,000 to bring it up to county standards. A committee of road viewers this summer recommended that the county abandon the road.

  • Officers object to jail policy

    The county jail requires that anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs get a medical clearance from the hospital before being locked up — even if a suspect had a couple of beers beforehand.

    And the suspect must pick up the costs of an emergency room visit, even if the suspect is later found innocent, the jail’s warden said.

    Both city and state police officials contend the policy is unnecessarily burdensome.

  • Alta Vista CEO asked to appear

    San Miguel County Commissioner Nicolas Leger is still waiting for an update from Alta Vista Regional Hospital on its dealings with an employees’ union.

    Last month, he asked for Richard Grogan, the hospital’s CEO, to come before the commission to answer questions about the union.

    The county gives monthly payments to Alta Vista for providing medical services to the very poor. At Leger’s urging last year, the commission held back payments until a hospital official appeared personally to take questions.

  • Sheriff, commissioner in dispute

    San Miguel County Commissioner Albert Padilla, who has voted for the sheriff’s proposals during previous commission meetings, changed his tune last week.  

    In July, Sheriff Benjie Vigil gave Padilla’s son, Michael Padilla, a sheriff’s deputy, a letter of termination.

    Last week, the commission was asked to consider a proposal from the sheriff to seek state money to buy new cars. Albert Padilla was the lone commissioner to vote against Sheriff Benjie Vigil’s request.

  • Police look for robbery suspect

    Police are searching for a Las Vegas man who allegedly attacked and robbed another man last week.

    Magistrate Court has issued an arrest warrant for Joseph Garduño, 18, 614 Taos St. He is charged with robbery, aggravated battery, tampering with evidence and three counts of conspiracy.

    His uncle, Paul Garduño, 51, who is also accused in the attack, has been arrested on the same charges.

  • University gets 10-year accreditation

    Highlands University has received official notice of continued accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission’s North Central Association of Colleges and Schools following a comprehensive evaluation in 2009-10.

    The accreditation is for 10 years.

    Highlands University was first accredited by the Higher Learning Commission’s North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1926, and has retained its accreditation since then. The university was last awarded accreditation in 2000.

  • County eyes new idea for wind rules

    Most of the debate about San Miguel County’s proposed law for wind farms has focused on a provision requiring a three-mile distance between wind turbines and homes.

    The industry contends such a rule would keep wind farms out of most places in the county. But wind-farm opponents argue that turbines would create nose and ruin the area’s scenic views.

    This week, however, county officials attempted to move the discussion away from the three-mile setback.

  • Police search for robbery suspect

    Police are searching for a Las Vegas man who allegedly attacked and robbed another man last week.

    Magistrate Court has issued an arrest warrant for Joseph Garduño, 18, 614 Taos St. He is charged with robbery, aggravated battery, tampering with evidence and three counts of conspiracy.

    His uncle, Paul Garduño, 51, who is accused in the attack, faces the same charges.

  • Highlands University proposes parking permit system

    When motorists are looking for a parking place, it’s always a great feeling to see an open space close to their destinations.

    But with a lot of new construction going on at Highlands University, parking is becoming a major hassle, some say.

    President Jim Fries told the Board of Regents at a recent meeting that the school’s master plan stresses the importance of a permit system for future parking on campus.