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  • Plaza unveils decorative ornaments

    As the outline of a familiar superhero appeared in the dark night sky above the Charles Ilfeld Building, the new addition to the Plaza Hotel, Estevan Madrid turned to his pal Christopher Chavez and said, “Batman can do anything!”

    Madrid and Chavez were in the crowd for the unveiling of the finials, or decorative ornaments atop the Ilfeld annex Saturday night.

    Innkeeper Wid Slick said it was a turn-of-the century photograph that clued him into the fact that the architecture included the finials.

  • Padilla denies any dealings

    San Miguel County Commissioner Albert Padilla said he has had no dealings with Invenergy, a Chicago-based company that is planning wind turbines in the Bernal area.

    At a County Commission meeting last week, Gloria Gonzales, a group of residents who want more restrictions on wind farms, said she understood that Padilla may be working on a lease agreement with Invenergy.

    Padilla, who wasn’t at the commission meeting, said that wasn’t the case and that Gonzales may be confusing him with another Albert Padilla.

  • Police: Man dies in car chase

    A man died from injuries after hitting parked cars while chasing a woman early this morning, Las Vegas police said.

    Police officers haven’t positively identified the man yet, but they believe he is in his mid-20s, said Mercy Lopez, a city spokeswoman.

    The man hit three parked cars in the 500 block of Chavez Street, and he reportedly died from injuries suffered while hitting one of the vehicles, Lopez said.

  • Mayor may have lost ally

    No answers. No return calls. Just silence.

    During a City Council meeting this week, Councilwoman Diane Moore said she has struggled to get in touch with Mayor Tony Marquez. With the mayor sitting next to her, she said the mayor hasn’t returned any of her calls, even a message she left with Marquez’s wife.

    “I hope to get a response back,” she said.

  • County presents priorities

    San Miguel County’s top priority for seeking state funds is an assessment of the county’s surface and groundwater resources.

    The county presented its priorities to state legislators at a meeting this week.

    All area lawmakers were invited, and state Reps. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, and Thomas Garcia, D-Ocaté, showed up. Sens. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, and Phil Griego, D-San Jose, didn’t; both reportedly had prior engagements.

  • Two commissioners bid farewell

    Gone are the days when San Miguel County government hired based on nepotism and political connections, a county commissioner said this week.

    County Commission Chairman David Salazar saluted two outgoing commissioners, Hugh Ley and Kenny Medina, for their efforts to make hiring a fair process in county government. He said the two worked with former Commission Chairman LeRoy Garcia to make such a change happen.

    Both Medina and Ley didn’t run for re-election because they can’t serve more than two consecutive four-year terms. Their terms end Dec. 31.

  • Gambles a Las Vegas fixture

    If you want to find Al Valdez at home, you may want to go to his store, which he considers his second home.

     

    Anselmo “Al” and Adelina Valdez first met in the ninth grade while attending Las Vegas High School, and the high school sweethearts married shortly after graduation.

     

    After 55 years together, the couple has many fond memories of raising a family and running Gambles, one of the longest standing businesses in town.

     

    Anselmo says everyone in Las Vegas knows him by either Chemo or Al.

     

  • Residents seek strict turbine rules

    Dozens of Bernal-area residents showed up at this week’s County Commission meeting to seek tougher restrictions for wind farms.

    They are responding to an effort by Chicago-based Invenergy to put up wind turbines in their area.

    The company has yet to submit an application to the county, but it has signed a two-year option on more than 7,000 acres of state trust land atop the mesa for the turbines.

    Residents say they’re concerned about the unsightliness of the turbines, the noise and the effects on wildlife.

  • Nearly complete

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez thought he had an interim city manager. It turned out that wasn’t the case.

    After City Manager Sharon Caballero resigned Friday, Marquez said his plan was to ask Community Developer Director Elmer Martinez to take Caballero’s place temporarily. In an e-mail Tuesday, the mayor stated that Martinez was the interim manager.

    Apparently, Martinez wasn’t keen on that idea.

  • Nearly complete

    Work on the Ilfeld Annex — the new addition to the Plaza Hotel — is nearly complete and a number of events are scheduled for this month.

    Plaza Hotel proprietor Wid Slick said this Saturday that Batman would be the honored guest as he helps install the finials at the pinnacle of the hotel’s rooftop. A finial is an ornament at the apex of a building or spire.

    Slick said it was a turn-of-the-century photo that clued him into the fact that the architecture included the decorative ornaments.