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  • Blood test reveals suspect, police say

    A Villanueva man denied stealing an ATM machine, but a DNA test indicated otherwise, state police said.

    Richard Joseph Griego, 23, was arrested last week on charges of burglary, larceny and criminal damage.

    In early October, the owner of the Pecos River Campground in the Valley told state police that an ATM machine with several thousands of dollars worth of cash was taken, according to Magistrate Court documents.

    Soon after, the machine was found under a bridge at Coruco. Blood was found on the railing just above the machine and the ATM itself.

  • Two write-in hopefuls in mayoral race

    Two residents have filed as write-in candidates for mayor in the March 2 municipal election.

    Pat-rick Romero and Daniel Holguin Sr. will face mayoral candidate Alfonso Ortiz.

    Or-tiz’s name will be the only one on the ballot. Voters will have to write in the names of Romero or Holguin, and poll workers won’t be able to assist voters with the write-in candidates’ names.

  • State report gets mixed reaction

    One West Las Vegas board member believes a critical state report on the district will help make the schools better. Another thought that the report was unjust at times.

    Several board members also expressed concern that the draft report was leaked early.

    Staffers from the Legislative Finance Committee, the agency that drafted the report, attended West’s board meeting last week.

    Board member Kenny Lujan said he welcomed the findings, which contained recommendations that he said would improve the district. 

  • Judge lowers suspect's bond

    A state district judge last week lowered the bond for a man accused of killing another in an apparent road-rage incident in central Las Vegas.

    Richard Baca, 21, who is charged with voluntary manslaughter, had been in jail on a $1 million bond. But after arguments from both the state and defense, District Judge Eugenio Mathis reduced that amount to $100,000.

    Baca is also barred from entering San Miguel County, except for court appearances, the judge ruled. Baca is to stay with his grandmother in Los Lunas, which is south of Albuquerque.

  • Las Vegas gets new interim attorney

    Longtime local attorney David Romero is the city’s new interim attorney, a job he has had before.

    Last week, the City Council unanimously voted to approve Mayor Tony Marquez’s recommendation of Romero as the attorney. Romero has served as the city attorney in Las Vegas and other New Mexico towns, including Santa Rosa.

  • County still works on wind farm rules

    San Miguel County continues to work on updating its ordinance regulating wind farms, and officials promise that the public will be fully involved in that process.

    Last week, County Manager Les Montoya asked the County Commission about the next step the county should take with its efforts. The commissioners generally agreed that the county should continue to have a task force continue working on the ordinance.

    No applications are pending for wind turbines, but Chicago-based Invenergy LLC has expressed an interest in building a wind farm in the Bernal area.

  • Mora school officials in dispute

    The chairman and the vice chairman of the Mora school board have gotten into a war of words via e-mail.

    Their differences are over the use of a district credit card and issues surrounding the hiring of Leroy “Huero” Sanchez as interim superintendent.

    On Dec. 16, Vice Chairman George Trujillo sent an e-mail to Chairman Joseph Griego, copied to other board members. He questioned what the pay and length of the contract would be for Sanchez, who took over just days before when the district put the superintendent, Dora Romero, on leave.

  • Marquez: City team '2nd to none'

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez says he is handing his successor a “great administration.”

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Marquez recognized the municipal candidates who were in the audience — mayoral candidate Alfonso Ortiz, Ward 1 council candidate Bruce McAllister, and Ward 4 council candidates David Romero and Joseph R. Baca.

    Marquez, elected in 2008 after more than a decade on the council, isn’t running for a second two-year term. Ortiz faces two write-in candidates, Patrick Romero and Daniel Holguin, in the March 2 election.

  • County enacts drilling moratorium

    The San Miguel County Commission passed a year-long moratorium on permits for oil and gas drilling — a move supported by everyone who spoke before the panel, including an industry spokeswoman.

    No one has approached the county about possible drilling, but companies have proposed such activity in neighboring Mora and Santa Fe counties.

    In calling for the moratorium, the county plans to form a task force and seek the advice of experts to develop a new ordinance for drilling. The current land-use ordinance includes just a half page dealing with such activity.

  • Hospital payment delayed

    No show, no money.

    That was the County Commission’s position this week when it rejected Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s request for nearly $42,000 in indigent funds.

    In November, the county started requesting that representatives from both Alta Vista and Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center appear before the commission to get their portion of county indigent funds.

    Such money helps the hospitals cover the costs of people too poor to pay for health care.