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  • Union supporters march; hospital leader refuses proclamation

    Supporters of the Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s labor union had a message for the hospital’s administrator on Friday — negotiate now. And they took it directly to him.

    But the administrator, Richard Grogan, refused to accept a proclamation from the group. He told them all communications about the union should go to Alta Vista’s attorneys.

  • Vaccine unavailable for most people

    If you want to get a shot of the H1N1 vaccine, you’re probably out of luck for now.

    The local public health office only has a limited amount, and El Centro Family Health has none at all but is expecting some, officials said. None of Las Vegas’ four pharmacies have any shots for swine flu on hand. This reflects a shortage nationally of the vaccine.

    The Las Vegas Clinic for Children and Youth, a private organization, has the vaccine. It is available for children six months to 5 years and children 5 and older with chronic conditions, an employee said.

  • Candidate picks local chairmen

    Two area residents are serving as the San Miguel County co-chairmen of the Republican gubernatorial campaign of Allen Weh.

    Ricardo Rodgers and Rey Herrera have joined the Allen Weh 2010 team’s effort to mobilize New Mexico voters. Among other duties, Rodgers and Herrera will organize volunteers in San Miguel County and ensure that Weh’s local supporters turn out to vote.  

  • State police: Officers taken off street

    The head of the local state police station disagrees with an attorney general’s finding that his agency is required to take arrested juveniles to youth jails in other counties.

    State police Capt. Toby Dolan said that as a result, his officers are being taken off the streets to transport juvenile offenders. For instance, his agency had to take three such youths to a lockup in Santa Fe last weekend.

  • Lawyers urged to assist poor

    Two-thirds of civil cases in the state district courts in San Miguel and Mora counties last year involved debts and foreclosures, according to court statistics.

    District Eugenio Mathis used that number to demonstrate the need for area attorneys to provide more pro bono work — in other words, offering their services to the poor without compensation.

    Since the Fourth Judicial District formed a pro bono committee last year, a number of lawyers have been active, Mathis said, but not nearly enough to help the large number of low-income people in the area.

  • Man shot near bar

    A man was shot near a local bar late Thursday afternoon, official said.

  • Mora official explains practices

    State Auditor Hector Balderas said this week he believes mismanagement and a lack of training are the core issues in a recent state audit of the Mora school district.

    He recently released an audit that found that most of the money deposited into a discretionary account was done so improperly.

    In an interview this week, the district’s business manager, Agnes Padilla, said the district often found it easier to use the account in question. She also said the district lacked policies for some expenditures.

  • East has some bus scheduling problems, but teams getting to games

    Las Vegas City Schools student board member Molly Salman last week hit a nerve with Superintendent Rick Romero when she reported that the women’s soccer team was having trouble getting bus service for out-of-town games.

    “Something that has been brought to my attention is that two or three times, the girl’s soccer team has not been able to get a bus to take them to a district game. They have either not got a bus at all or had to wait two hours for one to arrive,” Salman said.

  • Robertson replaces potentially dangerous boiler

    The potentially dangerous boiler at Robertson High School has been replaced.

    And the leaking roof at Sierra Vista Elementary School will be repaired in short order, officials promised.

    “We’ve got a brand spanking new boiler that was built for the Las Vegas City Schools district,” Superintendent Rick Romero said at last week’s school board meeting. “We didn’t have any choice, and I didn’t think the board would appreciate us not having heat at Robertson High School during the winter season.”

  • Officials disagree on runoff elections

    Neither Las Vegas’ mayor nor three of the four City Council members got a majority of the vote when they were elected.

    Only Councilwoman Diane Moore enjoys the distinction of clearing the 50 percent hurdle when she won in a landslide over then-Councilman Michael Montoya in 2006.

    Council members agree that some type of runoff is needed to ensure that council winners have majority support. But they differ over how to make this happen.