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  • Council rejects charter again

    For the second time, the City Council on Wednesday rejected a proposed new city constitution, with one member taking a committee to task for not following the council’s directions.

    Two weeks ago, a council majority turned down a proposed charter because it contained a provision for instant runoffs, which would let voters rank their choices in municipal elections, resulting in majority winners.

  • Mayor's prayer idea voted down

    Mayor Tony Marquez may not have had his prayer answered Wednesday night.

    The Las Vegas City Council unanimously rejected his proposal to have an invocation, or prayer, at the beginning of each meeting.

    Marquez noted that he proposed prayer during meetings when he was a councilman four years ago — an idea his colleagues rejected back then.

    In arguing for his proposal, Marquez said the U.S. Congress and state Legislature have prayers to begin their sessions.

    “It’s my opinion that it will help us get along better,” he said.

  • Mora schools leader on leave

    The Mora school board has placed the district’s superintendent on paid administrative leave.

    Dora Romero, who has been the superintendent since 2008, is on leave pending a discharge hearing, said Joseph Griego, the board’s chairman.

    The vote to put the superintendent on leave was 4-1, with member George Trujillo dissenting.

    Romero didn’t return a message for comment left on her home phone Wednesday.

  • Man charged with DWI after crash

    A Chacon man who rolled over his car in Holman is accused of drunken driving, state police said.

    Edwardo Gallegos, 22, faces charges of DWI and careless driving.

    His car rolled over by the Holman school around 1:30 p.m. Nov. 6, state police said. Before officers got there, a passerby had taken Gallegos to a Mora ambulance, which took Gallegos to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Gallegos had allegedly been taking prescription drugs that are illegal to consume before driving, state police said.

  • Council to vote on charter

    The Las Vegas City Council will decide today whether to send a proposed city charter to voters in March.

    The charter essentially serve as the community’s constitution.

    The major point of contention has been the proposal for instant runoffs, a system that lets voters rank candidates, resulting in a majority winner. But the council majority has pushed for separate runoff elections held after the main municipal election.

  • Man gets reduced charge

    Prosecutors will pursue a charge of voluntary manslaughter against a man who allegedly shot another last month.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said evidence in the case doesn’t warrant his office to proceed with murder charges.

    Richard Baca, 21, of Los Lunas is accused of killing Benito Lemos, 22, a local postal carrier, at 12th Street and National Avenue.

    The shooting allegedly happened after Lemos got out of his car to confront Baca about cutting him off in another area of town. It happened around 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

  • Treasurer plans mayoral run

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz plans to run for Las Vegas mayor next year — the first to announce his intentions for the city’s top spot.

    Ortiz, 69, said last week he doesn’t plan any shakeups in the city administration. But he promised to work to reverse “downward trends.”

    Mayor Tony Marquez, who is in the second year of a two-year term, hasn’t revealed his plans for the March 2 election.

  • Ex-public works official returns

    Harold Garcia retired from the San Miguel County government in July.

    Now he’s back.

    Garcia, who had been the county’s public works supervisor for much of the last decade, is now the public service foreman. He is in charge of solid waste, animal control, and buildings and grounds, excluding the county jail.

    “They posted the position, I applied for it, and I got it,” Garcia said.

  • Luna focuses on trade programs

    Luna Community College is aiming to get accreditation for many of its vocational programs.

    The school is developing courses to achieve accreditation for its automotive, culinary arts, commercial driver’s license and electricity journeyman programs.

    The cosmetology program already has its accreditation through the New Mexico Cosmetology Board.

  • Officials: Alta Vista stopped new admissions for a short time

    A month ago, Alta Vista Regional Hospital closed its doors for a short time to any new admissions, its top official said this week.

    Richard Grogan, Alta Vista’s CEO, told the San Miguel County Commission that a lot of people were sick locally and many of the hospital’s employees were calling in sick. He said he closed the hospital to new admissions “until we got to more comfortable levels.”

    He said the hospital would have arranged transportation of sick people to other hospitals.