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  • County wants oil and gas regulations

    San Miguel County is looking at a proposed moratorium on oil and gas drilling permits while it drafts regulations for such activities.

    No permits for oil and gas drilling are pending before the county. But County Commission Chairman David Salazar said he wants to make sure the county has sufficient rules in effect before companies come forward.

    The county has a general ordinance that deals with conditional land uses, but it doesn’t contain any regulations specifically designed for oil and gas drilling.

  • Man continues to fight law firm

    A Las Vegas resident who has sued a big Albuquerque law firm suffered a setback earlier this month, but he is not giving up.

    In October 2008, Joe Robert Encinias, a former Robertson High School student, filed a lawsuit against the Whitener Law Firm. That firm is led by Russ Whitener, who is famous for saying in his commercials, “Before you accept a check, check with me.”

  • Suspect: I'll 'finish off' bullets; victim's mother speaks out

    The man accused in the killing of another earlier this week wrote a day before on his MySpace account about how he wanted to “finish off” his ammunition.

    Rich-ard Baca, 21, a New Mexico National Guardsmen who was back from Iraq, is charged in the death of Benito Lemos, 22, in an apparent road-rage incident in central Las Vegas.

    The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

  • County explains purchase of truck

    A top San Miguel County official says he understands why some people are wondering about the county’s new semi-truck, which has an extended sleeper cab.

    After all, trucks with such cabs are usually much more expensive.

    But in this case, County Manager Les Montoya said, the county went out to bid for a used truck and went with the lowest bidder, who just so happened to be selling a truck with a sleeper.

    The price tag was $49,846.

    “We don’t need a sleeper, but it was on the truck,” Montoya said.

  • City fears losing money

    The city may be in jeopardy of losing more than $1 million for proposed local projects as part of statewide budget cuts, officials say.

    The city has listed three projects that may face the wrath of  budget cutters — $1.3 million for the Gallinas River dam, $130,000 for the municipal courthouse and $140,000 for the veterans homeless shelter.

  • Hospital payment delayed

    County officials want answers from Alta Vista Regional Hospital about why it’s not talking with its employees’ union.

    This week, the County Commission unanimously voted to delay paying the hospital $45,000 in health care for the poor. At the same time, the commission agreed to pay Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe for similar services.

  • Youth accused of riding onto West field

    Runners and walkers are welcome to use the track at West Las Vegas High School.

    Just don’t take your cars in.

    Early on a recent morning, a youth drove his car onto the football field and did some doughnuts, causing nearly $2,000 in damage, officials said.

    School employees discovered the damage when they arrived that morning. Security cameras captured the whole incident.  

    Based on a tip, officers went to the home of the suspect and could see remains from the field on his car, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

  • Resident honored for cleanup at Union

    On a recent weekend, Rick Roybal organized a cleanup of Union Street Elementary School. More than 50 people showed up.

    Roybal and others wanted to wipe down the school from floor to ceiling to prevent the flu from spreading.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Tony Marquez honored Roybal for his work.

    Roybal said the effort was successful and that volunteers got the work done in two hours. He said Albuquerque’s KRQE television station covered the event.

  • RHS assistant coach charged

    A Robertson High School assistant football coach accused of getting into a confrontation at McDonald’s has been charged with disorderly conduct.

    He was relieved of his duties Monday, officials said.

    The coach, Phillip Conway-Trujillo, 29, allegedly got into a fight with West Las Vegas football players in the men’s restroom around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 30. The coach was reportedly intoxicated, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    Another man, Anthony Pacheco, 21, was also charged.

  • City police want to speak with victims

    The Las Vegas Police Department is asking that alleged victims of former Robertson High School teacher and coach Jay Quintana come forward.

    Quintana is accused of 14 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and a count of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

    He was arrested last week.

    Alleged victims are asked to call police detective Roy Pacheco at 425-7504.