Local News

  • Residents: Don’t pave our road

    Many rural residents want their roads paved, but those living on a forest road near Pecos apparently don’t.

    The U.S. Forest Service had asked San Miguel County to accept Forest Road 223 as a county road. But a county road-viewing committee recommended against doing so, saying that the agency needed to obtain the proper easements from landowners and settle all issues involving the road.

  • Las Vegan seriously hurt after accident

    A man who rolled his pickup truck in Mineral Hill with his two sons riding along was drinking and driving, state police said.

    Jorge Gallardo, 41, a Mexican national living in Las Vegas, was charged with aggravated DWI and two counts of child abuse, state police Lt. Craig Martin said.

    Martin said state police verified that Gallardo was paralyzed from the chest down. Gallardo, who was taken to St. Vincent Christus Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, has been charged but not booked into jail because of his medical condition.

  • Residents want road improved

    Franchesca Hentsch and others want help from the government to improve their street, Don Gallegos Circle.

    But there’s a problem: It’s a private road.

    Hentsch said she and others are concerned with the ruts in the road, which can become a major problem in the winter. This situation is particularly problematic for a small nursing home on the street, she said.

    Don Gallegos Circle is off of Eighth Street on the north side of town; dozens of houses are along the street.

  • Police: Woman was showing off

    A woman was trying to show off to her passengers as she was driving to Montezuma last week, state police said.

    Apparently no one was impressed.

    Venessa Marie Montaño, 19, of Albuquerque rolled down an embankment around 5 p.m. Wednesday and found herself charged with two counts of reckless driving, police said.

  • HU has lowest tuition in the West

    Highlands University has the lowest tuition and fees of any four-year college in an 11-state region in the West, according to a study.

    In the study, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education showed that Highlands’ tuition and fees for undergraduate residents was at $2,688 per year, far lower than other colleges in the region, which includes the dozens of colleges in California.

    The next lowest was Metropolitan State College of Denver, which charges $3,241 in tuition and fees.

  • County can file liens on properties

    San Miguel County has a new tool at its disposal for rural residents who don’t pay their solid waste bills — liens.

    This week, the San Miguel County Commission passed an ordinance allowing the county to assess liens on properties in which owners don’t pay their solid waste bills. The ordinance also increases the fine for illegal dumping from $500 to $1,000.

    Officials said the county would would consult its attorney before filing any liens to make sure all laws are followed.

  • Class features hands-on activities

    Students in Mike Boyle’s Introduction to Engineering class at Robertson High School are getting hands-on lessons.

    This week, they’ve been working on a “puzzle cube” lesson in which they make parts to a cube. First, they must design the parts with a hand-drawn sketch, then do so on a computer.

    “It’s supposed to assemble. Everyone has to do their own individual cube,” said freshman Dillon Martinez. The class is made up of students from every grade — from freshmen to seniors.

  • Gun range closed for now

    For the time being, the city has closed its shooting range to everyone but law enforcement agencies.

    That’s because of vandalism, debris and litter, officials said. Also, some people are shooting at things such as a shack that they’re not supposed to use as targets.

  • Woman loses money in scam

    Monica Valdez thought she was going to make some money as a mystery shopper. It turns out that she lost a bundle as the victim of a scam.

    Valdez recently received a letter from Wilmington, Del., about the opportunity of being a mystery shopper.

    As part of the arrangement, she was to receive a $4,800 check and send $4,400 of that money back to the company, supposedly leaving her $400 in compensation for her work.

  • Jerome Block, new PRC member, pays $21,700 in fines

    SANTA FE — A newly elected member of the Public Regulation Commission paid $21,700 in penalties for lying on a campaign finance report and misusing public funds provided to his campaign.

    Jerome Block Jr. paid the secretary of state's office on Thursday, according to documentation provided Friday by the office.

    Block had complained the penalties were excessive but didn't pursue the option of appealing and requesting arbitration.