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  • Teen sentenced in RHS case

    SANTA FE — A teen who pleaded guilty in the Robertson High School football assault case was sentenced Friday to nine months in a southern New Mexico juvenile detention center and three months of probation.

    Jerek Padilla, 17, reached an agreement with prosecutors in January in which he pleaded guilty to criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy charges.

    Padilla apologized to the victims in the case before state District Judge Jim Hall sentenced him.

  • Three to compete for Miss New Mexico

    April Esquibel was crowned the new Miss Las Vegas on Saturday at West Las Vegas High School. Erin Scott won the title of Miss San Miguel County and first runner-up Erin Scott was named Miss Las Vegas Sweetheart during the competition.

    This is the first year that the first runner-up will have the opportunity to compete at the state level in the Miss New Mexico pageant, which will be held in June in Alamogordo. Seven contestants competed in talent, swim suit, evening wear, interview and on stage questions from master of ceremonies Jesse Lopez.

  • The mother ditch

    It’s on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s the largest historic structure in Las Vegas. And it’s one of the oldest. The original Spanish colonists of the area began building it as soon as they arrived, in the mid-1830s.

    What is it?

    If you guessed the Plaza Hotel, the Ilfeld Addition or for that matter any other building, you would be wrong.

    It is the Acequia Madre de Las Vegas, the mother ditch.

  • Officials praise new city manager

    Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge has been on the job for two weeks. So far, he is getting good reviews from the mayor and the City Council.

    By a unanimous vote, the council earlier this month appointed Dodge, a Highlands University graduate who had been Santa Rosa’s city manager for the last four years.

    At Wednesday’s council meeting, Councilwoman Diane Moore said she had seen Dodge plenty of times during the last two weeks, but not at his office. She said he has been out at meetings and other places, getting to know the community.

  • Policy would let landlords off the hook

    Landlords would be off the hook for their tenants’ debts to the city utilities department under a proposed ordinance.

    For the last few years, landlords have been held liable if their tenants skipped off without paying their utility bills — a policy that angered many landlords.

  • Leader’s contract renewed

    The Las Vegas City Schools board gave Superintendent Rick Romero a vote of confidence as his contract was rolled over for another year.

    Outgoing President Patrick Romero was the lone dissenter, but said in his opening remarks, “I like you.” He said the reason for his no vote was that he didn’t like the idea of rollover contracts.

  • City deals with code violator

    On Wednesday night, Las Vegas resident Tony Ortega was called a “one-man wrecking crew for the image of Las Vegas.” And it was suggested that the city pursue criminal charges against Ortega.

    Last year, the city entered agreements with Ortega to clean up his properties in the Railroad Avenue area or the city would take care of the problems itself.

  • Judge asked to move case out of town

    A defense attorney wants to move the case involving the killing of a 6-year-old girl out of town because of emotional media coverage.

    Last September, David Levi Chavez, 21, was charged with an open count of murder in connection with the death of Jasmine Garcia, who had just graduated from kindergarten.

    Garcia was sleeping in her mother’s bed at 304 Union St. late on June 15, when a shot ripped through an outside wall facing the street, killing her. Authorities say that Chavez was aiming for Garcia’s uncle when he fired at the house.

  • Some question Cinder project

    San Miguel County officials want to add a 1.6-mile path for bicyclists and pedestrians along Cinder Road as part of a long-term plan to extend the city’s riverwalk.

    But some residents in the Cinder Road area have concerns about the proposed project.

    For the last few years, the county has been planning the path, which it hopes will extend all the way to Montezuma. The county’s portion would start 700 feet north of Mills, which is where the county’s unincorporated area begins.

  • Shop owner pleads guilty

    The owner of a local auto repair shop has pleaded guilty to attacking customers who owed him money.

    In plea agreements in January, Romero, 32, owner of Michael’s Precision Automotive, admitted to two counts of aggravated battery and one count of attempting to commit a felony, all of which are misdemeanors.

    As part of the agreements, prosecutors dropped charges of unlawful taking of a vehicle, robbery, kidnapping, extortion and intimidation of a witness.

    His attorney said this week that his client’s guilty pleas were a business decision.