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Local News

  • Mayor creates two panels

    Mayor Tony Marquez has appointed members to two new mayoral task forces — one for the Old Town Plaza and the other for recreation.

    Marquez said in a news release that in an effort to continue cultural festivities and promote economic activity in Plaza area, he has appointed a task force made up of a cross section of business owners and group leaders of the Plaza, the film industry, the Fiestas organizers and the Rough Riders Rally.

  • Program pushing for rides to bars

    Wendy Armijo, San Miguel County’s DWI coordinator, is not giving up on an idea that has been rejected before.

    Last year, the San Miguel County Commission turned down her proposal to provide free rides to liquor establishments as part of the county’s Safe Ride program. The commission, however, agreed to fund such rides from bars to home.

  • It's GAIN, with pocketbook pain

    You used to hike at McAllister Lake for free. Now it will cost you.

    The state Game and Fish Department is calling it “GAIN.”

    Under GAIN — which stands for Gaining Access Into Nature — a number of popular areas for fishing, hunting and recreation have been designated as wildlife management areas.

    According to Game and Fish’s brochure on the topic, this opens these areas to new activities such as wildlife viewing, wildlife photography, opportunities accessible by hiking, bicycling, skiing, snowshoeing and horseback riding.

  • Golf course much improved

    Motorists driving down Mills Avenue don’t get the sense of how much Highlands University’s golf course has improved, as work is just about complete and gates open for duffers in early August.

  • County takes step toward liens

    The San Miguel County Commission has taken another step toward revising its solid waste ordinance to slap liens on properties in which trash bills are unpaid.

    At this week’s meeting, the commission unanimously voted for the ordinance to be published in the newspaper, a required step before voting on it.

    The ordinance also would increase fines for illegal dumping from a maximum of $300 to $1,000.

  • District leader's wife gets waiver

    The Las Vegas City Schools board was asked to do something it hadn’t done in a while — get involved in the hiring of a district employee.

    Superintendent Rick Romero asked the board to consider granting a waiver to his wife, Eloisa, for a teaching position at Paul D. Henry Elementary School.

  • Men accused in explosion

    Two Las Vegas men were arrested early Tuesday morning after police were called to investigate an explosion at the Dairy Queen at 2408 Seventh St.

    Chad Zamora, 21, 2028 Mark Drive, and Matthew Almanzar, 19, 870 Castle View Drive, were each charged with the dangerous use of explosives and criminal damage to property.

  • Suspect pays $8,840 to Watrous water association

    A former treasurer for the Watrous Mutual Domestic Water Association has paid the group more than $8,000 in funds she allegedly embezzled a few years ago.

    Maxine Gonzales, 43, of Watrous never admitted to any of the crimes and the district attorney’s office dismissed all charges.

    Instead, she entered into the DA’s office’s pre-prosecution program, which means she won’t see a judge and won’t ever be considered convicted as long as she follows a number of conditions. She has no prior criminal record.

  • County planning complex

    San Miguel County expects to seek bids in a couple of months for a planned public works complex that would, among other things, make it easier to haul trash to the landfill in Wagon Mound.

    County Manager Les Montoya said Tuesday that the county has a budget of $1.5 million for the facility. It is planned for the wood industrial park, which is at the site of the old Medite of New Mexico plant.

  • A green-and-gold game plan

    West Las Vegas football players logged quite a few rushing yards over the weekend.

    But they weren’t on the gridiron. They were delivering meals to customers at Sonic Drive-in.

    The team wants to start the season in style with new uniforms they are purchasing with money they earn themselves.