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  • Man killed by train ID’d

    State police have identified a man killed in a train-truck collision just north of town.

    He was 35-year-old Michael Esquibel of Las Vegas. State police say he was crossing the railroad tracks on N.M. 250 when the Amtrak train hit his pickup truck Thursday. The crossing is designated with a posted rail road crossing sign, but no other controls.

    It was the second fatal collision at the site in the past four months. In September, 11-year-old Fred Stark of Denver died when an Amtrak train hit his car.

  • West gets improved track, field

    West Las Vegas High School Principal Gene Parson said you don’t have to be an athlete to feel the excitement in seeing the new turf being put in at the new football field on the West campus.

    “Everybody’s happy to see the dream come true, from the moment they laid that first roll of artificial turf, the excitement has been mounting. My assistant, John Bustos, and I went to the field to watch the workers in act-ion, it’s amazing how they lay it down, sew it in place and look for imperfections to make sure that everything is just right,” Parson said.

  • Candidate says she's not running

    Teresa Gray, a candidate for the Las Vegas City Schools board, says she is not running an active race.

    Her name will still be on the ballot because she didn’t meet the deadline for withdrawal.

    She said she decided to pull out because she is now working full time at the Wind River Ranch. Before, she was a part-time employee. She said her schedule won’t allow her to serve on the board.

    “I feel horrible that my name is on the ballot. I hope it doesn’t take votes away from anyone,” Gray said.

  • State pulls back city money

    The city of Las Vegas had changed its mind about how it wanted to spend $1.2 million in state water money.

    Now the state is pulling back the funding altogether.

    The state Water Trust Board on Thursday decided to withdraw the $1.2 million as well as a $200,000 loan that was allocated to the city in 2006.

    City officials had sought a time extension to meet the requirements for the money; the deadline was Dec. 31.

  • Another killed in train wreck

    A man identified Friday as Michael Esquibel, 35, of Las Vegas was killed Thursday afternoon when his pickup truck  collided with an Amtrak train on Rio Arriba Road north of town.

    State Police Captain Toby Dolan said that despite efforts, EMS was unable to save the victim, assumed dead at the scene. The pickup, a black Ford F150, was hauling a flatbed trailer loaded with rubbish and is believed to have been headed to the city’s Solid Waste Transfer Station when the accident occurred.

  • Pendaries seeking to sell more of its lots

    The Pendaries Village homeowners association wants to sell more properties, but its representative said they need to combine existing lots to make that happen.

    This week, the association approached the San Miguel County Commission to change part of its original subdivision plats so as to combine a number of lots.

    Homeowners at Pendaries, which is north of Las Vegas in Rociada, say that more homeowners would reduce the per-resident costs of maintaining the village’s private roads, said Danelle Smith, the association’s attorney.

  • San Miguel County likely to owe state money

    The San Miguel County treasurer’s office may have to pay back the state money it collected in penalties and interest from delinquent taxpayers that was supposed to have gone to the state in the first place.

  • Woman turns trash to cash

    Corilia Ortega learned about conservation from her parents at an early age growing up in northern New Mexico and is now on a mission to bring that awareness to her peers and help others in a distant land at the same time.

    Ortega has traveled to Nicaragua the last couple of years with a group from Highlands University for a Spanish language immersion program at Casa Xalteva, a school for international students that doubles as an orphanage.

  • Hopefuls seek posts as Luna trustees

    Two of three incumbents whose terms on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees are up for election in March are running again.

    In the Las Vegas-based District 2, incumbent Tony Valdez, a district attorney’s office detective who was appointed by the other trustees to fill an unexpected vacancy a couple of years ago, is facing Marsha Archuleta and Tommy Ortiz.

    In the Santa Rosa-based District 4, incumbent Kenneth Flores will run against Frankie Tenorio.

    However, in Springer-based District 6, incumbent Don Shaw has chosen not to run for re-election.

  • City responds to Plaza suggestions

    The city plans to take action on recommendations from a citizens advisory committee studying issues related to Plaza events and filmmaking.

    The committee, which presented its recommendations a couple of months ago, had asked the city to provide public restrooms for Plaza Park and a permanent bandstand attached to the gazebo.

    Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director, told the City Council last week that the city can include those two projects in the annual infrastructure capital improvements plan.