Local News

  • Women don't live at house, voter says

    Kimberly S. Reed-Deemer says just she and her husband, Milton Deemer, live in their house at 406 National Ave. And no one else.

    But according to San Miguel County clerk’s office records, two other people are registered to vote at the house. They are two women — one who apparently still lives in Las Vegas and another who has reportedly moved out of town. Both have the same last name.

    Reed-Deemer filed an affidavit with the county clerk’s office last week about the situation.

  • Mayor: Shutoffs 'not in my nature'

    Mayor Tony Marquez last week promised that it’s “not in my nature” to shut off people’s natural gas during the winter.

    But the mayor stopped short of saying whether the city would observe a state moratorium on winter shutoffs for the poor.

    During a presentation by Utilities Director George DuFour at last week’s City Council meeting, Marquez said, “As far as turnoffs in the dead of winter, I don’t want to do that.”

  • Pro-Obama events planned

    A couple of pro-Barack Obama events are planned for Thursday.

    At 12:30 p.m., supporters of the Democratic presidential candidate will hold an event promoting early voting at the Las Vegas senior center.

    At 3 p.m., U.S. Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., will headline a rally at the Plaza Hotel. She will be joined by Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, State Auditor Hector Balderas and congressional candidate Ben Ray Lujan.

  • Denish to visit Las Vegas

    Lt. Governor Diane D. Denish will meet with community members and leaders in Taos, Mora, Colfax, and San Miguel Counties. She will be meeting with community leaders and citizens about their ideas to improve state government and to address community needs and issues.

  • Marquez helps Obama

    A few months ago, Las Vegas’ Republican mayor, Tony Marquez, endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president.

    On Tuesday, the Obama campaign enlisted Marquez to join New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish on a conference call with New Mexico reporters to criticize automated calls from Republican John McCain’s presidential campaign.

    The mayor reported that he has received negative automated calls from McCain’s campaign but that he had hung up.

  • Local court is pilot for new state computer system

    The local District Court is the pilot for a new judicial case management system.

    The Fourth Judicial District Court, comprised of San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe Counties, was recently designated as the first site for the software.

    Odyssey, which replaces their older, less robust case management system, is produced by Tyler Technologies, a Texas-based software company, and is scheduled for statewide implementation beginning in November, according to a press release.

  • Block must pay state

    SANTA FE — A candidate for Public Regulation Commission is being penalized $21,700 by the secretary of state for lying on a campaign report and misusing public funding.

    The penalties are being levied against Jerome Block Jr., the Democratic nominee for PRC in a northern New Mexico district.

    He’s in a two-way race in the Nov. 4 general election with Rick Lass of the Green Party. There’s no Republican on the ballot.

  • 'An accepting community'

    I haven’t taken a test in quite awhile. But I was required to take one before touring the state hospital earlier this month.

    That’s right. To comply with federal medical privacy laws, the hospital wants to make sure no private patient information gets in the public’s hands.

    As such, hospital employee Manuel Romero went through a couple of dozen pages worth of information about the laws and then asked that I take a test on the information he’d just given me.

    I didn’t count all of my wrong answers, but I had my share.

  • Arizona congressman to speak

    U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is planning to speak at the Plaza gazebo at 2 p.m. Tuesday to promote the candidacy of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. He will then lead a march to the county courthouse, where early voting is taking place, Democratic officials said.

  • Treasurer: County not losing money

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz is assuring the public that the county hasn’t lost any money in recent weeks because of the troubles in the nation’s financial markets.

    “We don’t have any investments where we lost dollars,” Ortiz told the County Commission last week. “If anything, we get good rates of interest, better than the state’s. That’s why we stay local.”

    He also told the commission that the treasurer’s office is doing well with delinquent accounts, considering the declining economy.