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  • County OKs wood-park plan

    The San Miguel County Commission took the first step toward approving the plans for the wood business park on Las Vegas’ north side.

    One official compared the action to a person’s allowing himself to go to the bathroom. That’s because the county was essentially approving its own project. The county owns the area where the park will be, which is the site of the old Medite of New Mexico fiberboard factory.

    Managing the park will be the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, which hopes to spur local wood-related industries.

  • Ex-official followed mayor’s order

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez has stated previously that a gas rate hike that had been delayed for nearly three months “should have been done automatically by the utilities department.”

    But an executive order signed by the mayor himself imposed a freeze on all such actions.

  • City making plans for stimulus money

    The city is wasting no time in seeking money from the federal government’s stimulus program, officials said last week.

    Already, the city has hired a consultant, Gus Cordova of the Mercer Group, to coordinate city departments’ efforts to benefit from the infusion of federal funding. Cordova also served as the consultant in the recent effort to recruit a new city manager.

  • 2nd RHS suspect pleads

    SANTA FE — A second former Robertson High School football player has entered a plea to charges in a case in which six older players were accused of sodomizing younger ones at a preseason camp last August.

    Santiago Armijo on Tuesday pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted criminal sexual penetration.

    Armijo is to be sentenced April 24. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he will be sentenced as a juvenile, and could be held by the state Children, Youth and Families Department until he’s 21.

  • Hometown Heroes: Teachers get appreciation

    You’ve read about their accomplishments. They are the people in the Meadow City who are your children’s second parents. They are the teachers.

    Robertson High School’s Gary Leger is out of town being recognized at the national level. Year after year, this teacher’s FFA students return home with state and national honors. He continues in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who began and continued the program he now teaches.

  • City seeking auditor’s help

    The state attorney general’s office declined the city’s request to investigate former Utilities Director George DuFour for possible fraud in adjusting customers’ utility accounts.

    Now, the city has approached the state auditor’s office.

    Carlos Quiñones, the city’s interim attorney, sent a letter to State Auditor Hector Balderas on March 9, requesting an investigation of bill adjustments from November 2007 to January 2009. He said he was acting at the request of Mayor Tony Marquez.

  • Campos’ name on dorms?

    Members of a club connected to Highlands University asked the school’s Board of Regents this week to name a number of buildings after notable people, including state Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas.

    H-Club President Ted Maestas, along with club members Mel Root and Ron Maestas, stood before the regents during Wednesday’s regular meeting to pitch their ideas for naming of buildings and facilities. The H-Club recognizes the school’s athletes.

  • Correction

    Mike Sweeney is a former employee for the area acequias association, not a current leader. A story in last Wednesday’s Optic contained incorrect information.

  • Video rental chain store closes its doors

    Blockbuster Video Superstore in Las Vegas has closed its doors.

    Regional Manager Nicole Dinsman said that Las Vegas’ Blockbusters was part of a franchise group, Serendipity Entertainment. Serendipity Entertainment is in Kansas City, Mo. 

    Dinsman said the Las Vegas Blockbuster store had only one full-time employee — the store’s manager. The other seven employees were part time, Nicole said.

  • Officials warned in secret memo

    At least one City Council member cannot be trusted to follow the city’s ethics code because the member has released confidential e-mails to the public, the city’s attorney says.

    In a confidential memo to the council on March 9, City Attorney Carlos Quiñones said a story in the March 2 Las Vegas Optic makes clear that someone is releasing e-mails in violation of the ethics code and his legal advice.