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  • Decision on propane tank delayed

    The Mora County Commission is delaying a decision on whether to allow a large propane tank near houses in Mora.

    Earlier this month, the county Planning and Zoning Committee approved the tank in the area of the Allsup’s convenience store. But nearby residents appealed that decision to the commission. They argued that it threatened their safety and ruined the area’s scenery.

    County commissioners last week decided to put off a decision until next month so that they could get a chance to review all of the documents associated with the tank.

  • City studies utilities rates

    The city of Las Vegas’  utility department has hired consultants to do a utility rate study.

    Andrew Feldman, a Las Vegas city councilman and utilities committee member,  said the study is being performed not so much to study existing rates but to assess the true cost of producing water so that the city can revise its rate structure. The new proposed rate structure would not have a floor of 2,000 gallons as the current one does.

    He said people would no longer get billed automatically for at least 2,000 gallons when they use less.

  • Lemos' fiancee calls him 'love of my life'

    If you think Benito Lemos was always the tough guy, you would be mistaken.

    At least according to his sister, Venita Vigil, who spoke at his funeral Thursday night.

    “He was always a mama’s boy. He didn’t sleep in his own bed until he was 11,” Vigil told more than 500 people who packed Robertson High School’s gymnasium for her brother’s open-casket memorial service.

  • County wants oil and gas regulations

    San Miguel County is looking at a proposed moratorium on oil and gas drilling permits while it drafts regulations for such activities.

    No permits for oil and gas drilling are pending before the county. But County Commission Chairman David Salazar said he wants to make sure the county has sufficient rules in effect before companies come forward.

    The county has a general ordinance that deals with conditional land uses, but it doesn’t contain any regulations specifically designed for oil and gas drilling.

  • Man continues to fight law firm

    A Las Vegas resident who has sued a big Albuquerque law firm suffered a setback earlier this month, but he is not giving up.

    In October 2008, Joe Robert Encinias, a former Robertson High School student, filed a lawsuit against the Whitener Law Firm. That firm is led by Russ Whitener, who is famous for saying in his commercials, “Before you accept a check, check with me.”

  • Suspect: I'll 'finish off' bullets; victim's mother speaks out

    The man accused in the killing of another earlier this week wrote a day before on his MySpace account about how he wanted to “finish off” his ammunition.

    Rich-ard Baca, 21, a New Mexico National Guardsmen who was back from Iraq, is charged in the death of Benito Lemos, 22, in an apparent road-rage incident in central Las Vegas.

    The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday.

  • County explains purchase of truck

    A top San Miguel County official says he understands why some people are wondering about the county’s new semi-truck, which has an extended sleeper cab.

    After all, trucks with such cabs are usually much more expensive.

    But in this case, County Manager Les Montoya said, the county went out to bid for a used truck and went with the lowest bidder, who just so happened to be selling a truck with a sleeper.

    The price tag was $49,846.

    “We don’t need a sleeper, but it was on the truck,” Montoya said.

  • City fears losing money

    The city may be in jeopardy of losing more than $1 million for proposed local projects as part of statewide budget cuts, officials say.

    The city has listed three projects that may face the wrath of  budget cutters — $1.3 million for the Gallinas River dam, $130,000 for the municipal courthouse and $140,000 for the veterans homeless shelter.

  • Hospital payment delayed

    County officials want answers from Alta Vista Regional Hospital about why it’s not talking with its employees’ union.

    This week, the County Commission unanimously voted to delay paying the hospital $45,000 in health care for the poor. At the same time, the commission agreed to pay Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe for similar services.

  • Youth accused of riding onto West field

    Runners and walkers are welcome to use the track at West Las Vegas High School.

    Just don’t take your cars in.

    Early on a recent morning, a youth drove his car onto the football field and did some doughnuts, causing nearly $2,000 in damage, officials said.

    School employees discovered the damage when they arrived that morning. Security cameras captured the whole incident.  

    Based on a tip, officers went to the home of the suspect and could see remains from the field on his car, Police Chief Gary Gold said.