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  • CEO won't have to go to meetings

    The administrator for Alta Vista Regional Hospital won’t have to keep showing up at every monthly meeting of the San Miguel County Commission.

    In November, the county had started requiring Grogan or some other top hospital official to attend meetings, so someone would be available to answer questions about indigent payments to Alta Vista.

    Alta Vista gets regular payments from the county for providing health care to the poorest residents. Counties all around do the same for their respective hospitals.

  • Death being treated as homicide

    Authorities are treating the death of a Las Vegas man as a homicide.

    The body of Michael Ortiz, 20, 1024 Second St., was found on the property of BTU Block & Concrete in the 1500 block of South Commerce St. around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    Ortiz's family had reported him missing to Las Vegas police early Monday afternoon, saying they hadn't seen him for four days, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    A day before, the body of Karlene Rivera, 30, 510 Grand Ave., was found outside her parents' home in the 600 block of Railroad Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Forum planned for city hopefuls

    A forum for city candidates will be held on Feb. 18 at Memorial Middle School.

    The Las Vegas Optic and the Committee for the People are holding the forum for candidates for Las Vegas mayor and the Ward 1 and 4 seats on the City Council.

    The forum will last from 6-8 p.m., and audience members can submit questions to the moderator.

    The election is March 2, but early voting lasts until Feb. 26. Voters can cast their ballots during business hours at City Hall.

  • 3 charged in Mora County altercation

    A Mora County man is accused of striking a woman unconscious with a shovel, but authorities have also charged the woman and her daughter following an apparent altercation two weeks ago.

    Sam Olivas, 76, is charged with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, and misdemeanor trespassing.

    Elizabeth Trujillo, 61, who was reportedly struck with a shovel, faces petty misdemeanor charges of  assault and battery, and her daughter, Charity Montoya, 23, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony.

  • Racist graffiti mars candidate's signs

    A mayoral candidate in Wagon Mound has reported to authorities that her campaign signs have been marred with racist graffiti.

    Betty Ann Medina, a village council member who is facing Arthur Arguello in the mayor’s face, said three of her signs on N.M. Highway 120 on the way to Roy were vandalized with swastikas. Someone wrote “KKK” on another, and five were stolen, Medina said.

    The only sign unaffected was near some dogs, she said.

  • HU seeking own license plate

    Highlands University is hoping to issue a new license plate as soon as it gets state approval for the design, officials say.

    President Jim Fries said Associate Vice President Lawrence Trujillo brought to his attention that the university might consider its own personalized HU license plate. 

    “State universities have the opportunity to work with the Department of Transportation to secure a license plate that would basically advertise the university. I’m sure you’ve all seen UNM and other state university’s plates,” Fries said.

  • Sheriff Vigil to run for second term

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil plans to run for a second term, saying he has a plan to strengthen the Sheriff’s Department if the County Commission goes along.

    Vigil, who has 35 years in law enforcement, is the third person to announce his intention to run. Las Vegas Police Department detective Roy Pacheco and district attorney’s office investigator Tony Valdez have already announced they’re running.

    “I want to continue protecting and serving the citizens of the community. I have always enjoyed working with the people,” the sheriff said.

  • Official: Highlands is 'not an island'

    Highlands University officials are reviewing a master plan that proposes closing eastbound traffic on National Avenue, among other recommendations.

    The plan also includes the proposed $18 million student union center.

    Studio Southwest Architect Shary Adams said the center would have a theater, a ballroom, a book store, a cafe, rooftop gardens, governance chambers, and a two-tiered cafeteria.

    It will also have a skywalk from the student center to Donnelly Library.

  • Write-in mayoral hopeful loses battle to get name on ballot

    A state district judge on Friday rejected a request by a write-in candidate for Las Vegas mayor to get his name on the ballot in the March 2 election.

    At the same time, the judge, Eugenio Mathis, criticized the city on how it handled Patrick Romero’s bid to become mayor.  

    On Jan. 5, candidates had to declare their candidacies during business hours at City Hall. Romero arrived within minutes of the 5 p.m. deadline.

  • Official: Judge can't be impartial

    A Luna Community College trustee who has been charged in an October fight has asked a magistrate judge to be taken off the case, saying the judge cannot be impartial.

    Ambrose Castellano, 37, who faces a petty misdemeanor battery charge, said in a court pleading Friday that he didn’t want Magistrate Judge Philip Romero to have any role in his case.