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  • 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.

  • Mentor of the Month: 'He made us his life'

    For many years, both Gary Leger and his FFA students have been recognized locally, statewide and nationally for their achievements.

    But the real testament to his teaching skills came from the students themselves. He just called them “his kids.”

    Leger died in a car accident Wednesday night in Oklahoma; he had been attending an agricultural teachers conference.

  • Commentary; 'No, I want to hug you'

    Last Thursday morning, I received a call from a friend and associate, “Lupita, are you sitting down?”

    “What’s the matter? Tell me.”

    “Well, I don’t know how to say this, but ....”.

    I learned that a dear friend and former colleague at Robertson High School, Gary Leger, had been in an auto accident near Oklahoma. He was airlifted to the nearest hospital, in Amarillo, but died a bit later.

  • Blaze 70 percent contained

    The fire near Gallinas Canyon is more than 70 percent contained, officials said Monday.

    The blaze, which started last Friday night, has burned 777 acres. No evacuations have been ordered.

    The first is about 2.5 miles south of Gallinas Canyon, northwest of Las Vegas.

    Officials said that for a time, it was the nation’s top priority forest fire because of its nearness to the Gallinas watershed, which supplies 90 percent of Las Vegas’ water.  

  • County prepares for Kilmer

    San Miguel County officials aren’t taking any chances during actor Val Kilmer’s appearance before the County Commission today.

    They are arranging for city and state police, sheriff’s deputies and jailers to be on hand to provide security. The meeting is at 1:30 p.m. on the second floor of the old county courthouse.

    The “Batman” actor has requested the commission approve a lodging business at his Rowe ranch.

  • West worker's DWI charge dismissed

    Prosecutors have dismissed a DWI charge against a West Las Vegas school district employee who crashed a district vehicle while allegedly drunk.

    In late April, the district attorney’s office in Moriarty dropped the DWI charge against John J. Roybal, 41, West’s head mechanic. But in a plea agreement, Roybal pleaded guilty to careless driving and weaving between lanes.

    As part of the deal, Roybal must take a defensive driving course and participate in a DWI simulation program.

  • Nearby fire 40% contained

    The Tecolote Fire south of Gallinas Canyon on the Pecos district has burned 777 but now is 40 percent contained.

    No evacuations have been ordered for residents in Gallinas Canyon and El Porvenir. No buildings have been affected.

    The fire is about 2.5 miles south of Gallinas Canyon; it is not near Tecolote.

    More than 500 firefighters from several Western state have helped with putting out the fire. The blaze is happening in the Santa Fe National Forest.

  • For utility, it's Mora vs. Pecos

    The electric utility serving much of rural Mora and San Miguel counties is seeing a tug-of-war between members from Mora and Pecos.

    During this Saturday’s annual meeting, members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative will vote on a number of proposals that could affect the amount of influence that Mora and Pecos have over the cooperative.

    Eighteen proposed bylaw changes are on the ballot for the more than 10,000 members of the cooperative. Voting sites will be in Mora, Pecos and Las Vegas.

  • Armed man arrested

    An armed man involved in a domestic dispute barricaded himself in his house for much of early Saturday morning, finally giving up shortly after dawn, city police said. No one was hurt.

    Jesus Montoya, 43, 410 Socorro St., was charged with a number of counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against police officers and others, officials said.

    Between New Mexico Avenue and South Pacific Street, a narrow Socorro Street was filled with about 20 to 30 police cars from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

  • Bad communication is called culprit

    The Mora County Commission canceled a meeting at the last minute on Thursday. One commissioner called it the result of a “lack of communication.”

    About 25 people showed up for the meeting, including state Rep. Thomas Garcia, D-Ocate, and Pablo Sedillo, a representative of U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.

    Also driving to the meeting was the county attorney, who drove from Santa Fe, presumably at the county’s cost. Other county employees were present.