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  • City mulls rules for sales on sidewalks

    The city is considering an ordinance that would regulate sidewalk sales.

    “This is something we’ve been thinking of for quite awhile,” Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director, said during a meeting with Bridge Street business owners Thursday. “The city sidewalk is city property, and there’s liability there.”

    Martinez said that creating a permitting process in the downtown business area for sidewalk sales would create an “environment of activity” in the area.

  • Couple says broken bridge cuts off access to land

    Lorenzo Sanchez says he and his wife want to move to their inherited property in Los Vigiles, which is north of Las Vegas.

    But he said there’s a problem with access.

    Maps show that a county road goes past the Sanchezes’ nearly five acres, but a bridge over a canal owned by the Storrie Project Water Users Association is rotted, preventing cars from continuing on the road. Signs posted on both ends of the bridge read, “Danger — Restricted Area.” It’s been that way for years.

  • Message planned for customers

    Customers at liquor stores may be getting some sticker shock soon, but it won’t be a result of the prices.

    The San Miguel DWI Program is launching a program in which it will place stickers on multi-packs of alcoholic beverages warning people that it’s against the law to provide alcohol to those younger than 21.

    So far, a number of liquor stores have agreed to take part in the program — Dick’s Liquor, Ray’s Discount Liquor, 77 Liquors and Legers Package Liquor Store. Officials expect more stores to take part soon.

  • 2 men rescued in recent blizzard

    Local search and rescue teams recently rescued two men who were lost in a blizzard near Sapello.

    The two men left around 2:30 p.m Dec. 22 from a cabin at Rincon Montoso, with plans to hike about three miles to Lone Pine Mesa above Sapello Canyon, according to a press release from San Miguel Search and Rescue.

    Around 4:45 p.m., the state police received a call from the two men, who said they were lost, the press release states.

  • Official: Housing agency improving

    In a long-awaited appearance before the City Council, a federal official said Wednesday that the city is making progress in removing its housing authority from troubled status.

    The official, Floyd Duran, also defended himself against allegations by a former employee that he had tried to “torpedo” the local authority.

  • Ex-Mora County clerk working for Jerome Block

    Former Mora County Clerk Charlotte Duran has a new job in Santa Fe.

    She is the executive assistant to state Public Regulation Commission member Jerome Block, who started representing northern New Mexico on Jan. 1.

    “I’m excited to be a part of the PRC and look forward to a career in state government,” Duran said. “It’s very different from being county clerk.”

  • Program teaches responsibility

    Union Elementary second-graders Sammy Vigil, Gabriella Gonzales and their classmates at the school learned about cooperation, acting responsibly, how to prevent conflicts and how to demonstrate tolerance among their peers.

    Partners in Character Education director Gloria Ortega-Romero said the Stop and Think curriculum was recently featured in an article as being supported by President-elect Barack Obama and features 10 basic and 10 advanced social skills at each of the four developmental levels.

  • Official to speak to council after all

    City officials are reopening the lines of communication with a federal housing official whom they previously said they didn’t want to see.

    Floyd Duran, a top official in New Mexico for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is set to speak to the City Council at its meeting at 5:30 p.m. today.

    In October, one of Duran’s former subordinates accused Duran of trying to “torpedo” the Las Vegas housing authority because he believes local politicians are inherently corrupt.

  • Madrid takes staffers to task

    In some of his toughest words on the issue, City Councilman Morris Madrid says city staffers have no excuses for leaving the council out of the loop in changing the purpose of $1.2 million in state money.

    Madrid mentioned only one city staffer by name in an interview about the money last week — George Du Four, the city’s utilities director.

  • City likely to increase heating bills

    City officials expect to see an increase in residents’ heating bills.

    City utilities director George Du Four asked the mayor and the City Council for permission to negotiate prices with natural gas provider Zia Natural Gas Company during a recent meeting.

    The request centered on a discussion of the increase in the city’s cost of natural gas by Zia and the current cost to customers to avoid operating in a deficit.