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  • Court sessions to be held at schools

    Magistrate Court is used to holding hearings for DWI offenders in its building on Seventh Street.  But next month, it will be changing its scenery — holding court in both of the local high schools.  The San Miguel County DWI Program is arranging for the court to hold a number of hearings in the gyms at Robertson and West Las Vegas high schools.

  • West grad dies in accident

    A Las Vegas resident died in a car accident late Tuesday night when a a suspected wrong-way drunken driver struck her car, state police said.

    Mariah J. Arguello, 18, a 2009 West Las Vegas High School graduate, was killed shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Interstate 25 near San Juan. She was driving back to Las Vegas.

    The other driver, Cecilio Jaramillo, 28, of Santa Fe, was also killed. He was traveling south, but then crossed into the northbound lanes, hitting Arguello’s Suzuki head on, police said.

  • Student remembered as bubbly

    Last year, Mariah Arguello walked the halls of West Las Vegas High School, a senior admired and loved by classmates, teachers and staff.

    While returning to Las Vegas Tuesday evening, she was killed by a man driving down Interstate 25 in the wrong direction.

    On Wednesday, people are remembering Arguello as a bubbly cheerleader and a good student.

    West Principal Gene Parson said, “Mariah graduated last year. She was full of energy, full of life, and always had a big smile on her face. She was just a pleasant girl to be around.”

  • Actor criticized at county hearing

    The manager for Val Kilmer’s ranch wanted a San Miguel County panel’s approval for a lodging business on its property near Rowe.

    But the proposal faced opposition from residents who say the actor hasn’t been a good neighbor.

    In a split vote, the county Planning and Zoning Commission’s gave the green light for three guest houses for overnight lodging.

    For years, many San Miguel County residents have been upset with Kilmer, known for his roles in “Top Secret,” “Top Gun” and “Batman.”

  • Police: Local man gets his fourth DWI

    A Las Vegas man was arrested this week for his fourth DWI, state police said.

    Leslie Mike Speed, 55, 500 Douglas Ave. No. 225, was also charged with careless driving and failure to wear a seat belt.

    According to a police report, Speed was headed north on Grand Avenue near the Better Stop convenience store around 2:30 p.m. Sunday when a state police officer noticed he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

  • Official's residency in question

    Until this month, voter registration records showed that San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia lived at 220 Delgado St.

    So, of course, she lived there. Or maybe not.

    The Optic decided to drop by.

    Knock, knock.

    A young woman answered the door to the residence, which is part of a duplex. But the woman said Garcia was her landlady and didn’t live there.

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  • ONLINE STORY: Local woman dies in crash; other driver believed to have been drinking

    A Las Vegas resident died in a car accident late Tuesday night when a wrong-way driver struck her car, state police said.

    Mariah J. Arguello, 18, a 2009 West Las Vegas High School graduate, was killed shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Interstate 25 near San Juan. She was apparently driving back to Las Vegas.

    The other driver, Cecilio Jaramillo, 28, of Santa Fe, was traveling south, but then crossed into the northbound lanes, hitting Arguello's Suziki car head on, police said.

  • County employees get pay hikes

    Many government agencies are cutting the number of their employees and furloughing the ones who are left.

    But San Miguel County Commission last week approved a 3 percent salary increase for those who didn’t receive a pay hike earlier this fiscal year.

    County Commission Chairman David Salazar said the increase was to the credit of county staff. And he said officials in different departments have been doing a good job in raising revenue to make the raise possible.

  • Vegas woman gets full sentence

    Bernadette Sanchez, the Las Vegas woman convicted of killing a man last year, has received the maximum sentence.

    Late last year, a jury found Sanchez, 37, guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the April 2009 death of Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36.

    At a hearing Monday, Sanchez was sentenced to seven and a half years for voluntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence.