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  • Summer break nearing an end

    Mario Urioste was enjoying his last days of summer vacation tossing the football around at Lincoln Park with his dad, Chris, while his mom, Christina, watched from under a shady tree.

    Urioste has enjoyed his summer traveling to see family in Albuquerque and going camping.

    He will be an eighth-grader grader at Memorial Middle School and is looking forward to getting back to school.

    Urioste said he has been practicing with the high school football team and is looking forward to playing this fall.

  • County reverses decision on hiring

    A man who pleaded no contest a few months ago to accepting a bribe was about ready to begin work in the San Miguel County assessor’s office.

    However, at the last minute, the county decided against going through with the hiring of Lucas Marquez, 31.

    He is a former Mora County sheriff’s deputy who was accused of telling a woman she could either perform a sex act or go to jail while he was at her home for a disturbance call.

  • Official puts Safe Ride on hold

    A program to provide free rides home from bars has been discontinued, but a top San Miguel County official held out the possibility that the service may return.

    County Manager Les Montoya said this week that he has put a stop to the Safe Ride program because of general County Commission concerns with the service.

    He made the decision last week, which took effect immediately. The program had been providing rides from Thursday to Saturday nights.

  • Ex-official tours areas of high school

    A suspect in the case involving alleged wrongdoing in West Las Vegas’ bilingual program looked around the high school this week as part of her attorney’s investigation before next week’s trial.

    Roberta Vigil, the district’s former bilingual director, and her attorney, Sam Bregman, were allowed into the high school on Tuesday to look at the former bilingual office, which now serves as the school nurse’s quarters.

  • RHS student goes to Singapore

    Robertson High School student Alicia Leger left for Singapore and will spend her senior and college freshman years halfway around the world.

    That happened after she was nominated as a Davis Scholar to attend United World College in Singapore. United World Colleges are located around the world, including at Montezuma.

    The U.S. selection committee for the UWC considered nearly 400 applications, interviewed about one quarter of them and nominated only 50 students from across the nation.

  • County asked to send rep to help draft wolf policy

    The San Miguel County Commission made its point clear a couple of months ago: No wolves are allowed in this county.

    County officials, of course, are well aware that wolves don’t read local ordinances. They merely wanted to send the message to the federal government that they didn’t want any program to reintroduce the Mexican wolf or any other wolf to the county. That’s because cattlemen fear that the wolves would prey on their livestock.

  • Mora board rejects advice

    The Mora school board has decided to proceed with the original project for a multipurpose sports complex, despite an official’s recommendation for a third-party investigation of a water problem at the site.

    Superintendent Dora Romero recently recommended that the board hire a third-party engineer “in order to gain perspective as to what actually needs to be done to remedy our situation.”

    That recommendation was in response to the discovery of a problem with water bubbling up from the ground at the site.

  • Animal cruelty cases prosecuted

    The district attorney’s office has brought charges in two local cases of alleged animal cruelty.

    Tracy Ratzlaff, a certified nurse anaesthetist living in Sapello, has been charged with fourth-degree felony cruelty to animals in connection with the shooting of his neighbor’s dog. The neighbor, Cathy Swedlund, said she found her dog dead near her barn on Feb 17, 2008. The next day, when she went to bury the dog, she found the entrance wound of a bullet.

  • Residents want improvements to San Pedro Drive

    Jacobo Rael wants what most Las Vegas residents have — a paved street. He and his neighbors hope to make that a reality.

    He told the City Council last week that his street — San Pedro Drive — was paved a long time ago but that it has since entirely crumbled, making it extra bumpy.

    He said the street has been graded twice in the last decade. The last time was the day of last week’s council meeting, which was after he told city staff that he would bring the matter to the council.

  • Candidate opens office in Vegas

    Obamamania is now officially in Las Vegas.

    On Saturday, Democrats opened an office for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on the Plaza.

    During the opening of the Obama for President office, Martin Suazo, chairman of the San Miguel County party, said seeing and meeting candidates in person is expected.