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  • Speeding sheriff now charged with DWI

    SANTA ROSA — In late July, a reporter witnessed Guadalupe County Sheriff Robert Chavez going 85 mph from Mora to Las Vegas. The speed limit was 60 mph.

    Apparently, he’s not a strict follower of the laws when it comes to driving.

    Last week, Chavez was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after being arrested Dec. 12 by state police.

  • Management team runs City Hall

    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.

  • Council members debate contract

    Members of the City Council last week debated over whether to give business to the city’s longtime engineering firm — a discussion that touched on the controversy over a more than $1 million state grant.

    The City Council was first asked to decide on whether to allow Albuquerque-based Molzen-Corbin and Associates to continue work on a dam safety project.

    City staffers said the firm had already performed $5,000 worth of work for the project, including site visits and research.

  • City must make Grand Ave. choice

    A consulting firm is advancing two options for the city’s efforts to beautify Grand Avenue — four lanes or two lanes.

    A merchants group, meanwhile, is proposing a three-lane compromise.

    Representatives of the Albuquerque branch of Gannett Fleming West Inc., hired by the state Transportation Department, presented its proposals to the City Council last week. The project is for Grand from National Avenue to Tilden Street.

  • 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.