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  • Assault victims file suit

    A lawsuit filed by seven victims in the Robertson High School football team assaults allege that the coaches and school officials acted recklessly and with indifference.

    The lawsuit names 30 defendants, including top officials, the former coaching staff and the attackers and their parents.

    Both former and current superintendents Pete Campos and Rick Romero were named as well. Campos wasn’t superintendent when the assaults happened in August 2008 at a team camp, but the litigation alleged that he allowed the atmosphere in which they were allowed to occur.

  • Allegedly intoxicated woman accused of striking 71-year-old

    An intoxicated woman was arrested after she hit a 71-year-old man with a glass last week, state police said.

    Patricia Y. Sanchez, 49, 1222 Sixth St., was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, using a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, the 71-year-old man told officers that he was at his house in the early morning hours of Friday when he got into a dispute with Sanchez.

  • Parts of county flooded

    New Mexico Homeland Security Secretary John Wheeler and other state officials visited San Miguel County on Friday, helping emergency management officials with damage assessments from flash flooding along the Pecos River.

    The floods hit Bernal, a village just south of Las Vegas, N.M., on Thursday night. The National Weather Service estimated up to 3 inches of rain fell over a very short period.

    Initial reports indicated there was bridge damage and road closures.

    Other villages affected include Corruco, Ojitos Frios and San Rafael.

  • City initially overlooked low bid for housing contract

    The city’s housing authority had already picked a firm to handle an electrical project, but officials forgot to open one of the bids.

    LM Electric was originally considered the low bidder, but after the bidding process, the city discovered that it hadn’t opened JR Electric’s bid. JR had the lowest bid.

    Last week, the housing authority asked the council to approve JR as the electrical contractor.

  • Members of utility seek openness

    MORA — Members of the area’s rural electric cooperative voted Saturday to require the utility to follow the guidelines of the state’s open meetings and public records laws.

    Meanwhile, they rejected a proposal to make it easier to move the headquarters —which many believed was a first step to move the cooperative’s base of operations from Mora to Pecos.

  • City eyes garbage rate hike

    Residents will need to budget $72 more for garbage service each year if the City Council approves a proposal for rate hikes.

    Under the proposal, the city would up the residential monthly rate from $14.05 to $20.10 — a 43 percent increase.

    City officials say the increase is needed to pay back debt in the solid waste department, clean up the old landfill at Camp Luna and pay for staff for the neglected recycling program.

  • Girl recovering from injuries

    The 9-year-old girl struck by a car on June 8 suffered major injuries, but she is expected home from the hospital in the coming days, her family says.

    Madison Holley, 1309 First St., was taken by helicopter to an Albuquerque hospital after a car driven by Peter J. Salazar, 33, 2514 Carmean Drive, hit her on First. Holley is the daughter of Pamela Bustos.

  • Kilmer apologizes

    Actor Val Kilmer on Wednesday apologized for comments attributed to him that many residents have considered derogatory toward Hispanics and veterans.

    Under a heavy police presence at the old courthouse, the San Miguel County Commission approved Kilmer’s plans to convert three guesthouses on the actor’s ranch property in Rowe into a lodging business.

    At a meeting last month, the commission delayed a decision on Kilmer’s request for the lodging business until he appeared personally to answer to criticism of his magazine quotes.

  • Suspect faces more prison time

    A man accused of killing another in a road-rage shooting faces another charge, which could mean more years in prison if he’s convicted.

    Richard Baca, 21, was facing a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the November killing of Benito Lemos, 22, in central Las Vegas. That charge carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison.

    Now, he faces a charge of shooting from a motor vehicle, which has a maximum of 15 years.

  • Mora gets more certified deputies

    The Mora County Sheriff’s Department has two new certified officers in its ranks.

    Americk Padilla and Amos Espinoza graduated from a law enforcement academy in Farmington last week. That brings the total number of certified officers to four, including Sheriff Roy Cordova and Sgt. Michael Benjamin.

    Another deputy is expected to graduate from an academy in late August.

    The department is also planning to hire another deputy.

    Benjamin said Monday that having five certified deputies is likely the most the department has had at one time.