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Today's News

  • County vacates road amid protests

    The San Miguel County Commission decided last week to abandon a road in the eastern part of the county, but a couple of landowners at the meeting protested the decision.

    County officials said only one person used the 3.5 miles of County Road C-53B slated for abandonment. That road is in Maes, N.M., about 35 miles east of Las Vegas.

    The officials said the county hadn’t maintained the road in years and that it would cost at least $300,000 to bring it up to county standards. A committee of road viewers this summer recommended that the county abandon the road.

  • Mentor of the Month: In search of mentors

    Maggie Romigh is not only a mentor, but a mentor of mentors.

    She has sacrificed financially to work as a community coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico, but said she has been rewarded in countless other ways.

    “When I first came to New Mexico, one of the choices I made was that I was going to do what was important to me, rather than focus on making money,” Romigh said.

  • Leagues crowning champs

    By this time next week, another summer of city league softball will be in the books.

    The City of Las Vegas Recreation Department’s women’s division tournament begins Wednesday evening at Rodriguez Park’s softball complex.

    (The schedule has been tweaked from the one originally posted. More on that in a moment.)

  • Officers object to jail policy

    The county jail requires that anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs get a medical clearance from the hospital before being locked up — even if a suspect had a couple of beers beforehand.

    And the suspect must pick up the costs of an emergency room visit, even if the suspect is later found innocent, the jail’s warden said.

    Both city and state police officials contend the policy is unnecessarily burdensome.

  • Pro-am coming to Pendaries

    As of Monday, limited spots were available for entrants in the upcoming Pendaries Pro-Am.

    The golf tournament -- with an entry fee of $100 a player -- is set to begin 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Pendaries course in Rociada.

    The tourney is expected to draw 125 competitors from across the region in its annual effort to raise funds for the Ilfeld Foundation and other charitable causes. The Ilfeld Foundation is an endowment fund that helps provide health care to northern New Mexicans who cannot afford it.

  • Little Leagues to hold elections

    Both of the Meadow City’s Little Leagues will hold board elections in the coming weeks.

    La Plaza Little League has announced a meeting in which it will elect new officers for 2010-11. That will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 23, at the LPLL fields of Rodriguez Park.

    La Plaza’s election was moved back a week from its original date.

    For more information, those interested may call Art Mondragon at 505-617-5851.

    Las Vegas Little League is holding its board election at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center classroom.

  • Letter: Catholics give to Samaritan House

    On behalf of Samaritan House Inc., we are pleased to announce that we have received notice from The Catholic Foundation that our 2010 grant proposal sponsored by Immaculate Conception Church Parish has been approved for funding in the amount of $5,000. These funds will be solely used for the purpose of helping our organization with our food pantry program. Just as a note: Samaritan House is distributing food to over 220 households each and every month.

  • Alta Vista CEO asked to appear

    San Miguel County Commissioner Nicolas Leger is still waiting for an update from Alta Vista Regional Hospital on its dealings with an employees’ union.

    Last month, he asked for Richard Grogan, the hospital’s CEO, to come before the commission to answer questions about the union.

    The county gives monthly payments to Alta Vista for providing medical services to the very poor. At Leger’s urging last year, the commission held back payments until a hospital official appeared personally to take questions.

  • Six remain in competition for city title

    Six teams remain in contention for a city league softball title in the men’s division tournament as of the end of last week.

    Three have been eliminated.

    The Hackers and DB’s Milkmen have yet to lose in the double-elimination tourney, but for one of them, that will change after Monday. Those teams, who placed one-two in the regular-season standings, face each other in a semifinal set for 7:30 p.m. at Rodriguez Park.

    The winner advances to Tuesday’s final.

  • Sheriff, commissioner in dispute

    San Miguel County Commissioner Albert Padilla, who has voted for the sheriff’s proposals during previous commission meetings, changed his tune last week.  

    In July, Sheriff Benjie Vigil gave Padilla’s son, Michael Padilla, a sheriff’s deputy, a letter of termination.

    Last week, the commission was asked to consider a proposal from the sheriff to seek state money to buy new cars. Albert Padilla was the lone commissioner to vote against Sheriff Benjie Vigil’s request.