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Today's News

  • Letter: Ready to call out racists and bigots

    This is in regard to statements attributed to Rob Knowlton on June 22, in reference to my disapproval to statements attributed to Val Kilmer, who made disparaging racist statements against those of us who reside here in San Miguel County, primarily our Hispano/Mexicano residents.

    Let’s get the facts straight. I did not call for a police state, probably ordered by Gov. Richardson, a close friend of Val Kilmer, since the governor made sure that Val Kilmer would have protection when there was no evidence claiming harm would come to Val Kilmer.

  • Teen jumps off train

    A 15-year-old boy jumped off an Amtrak train near Watrous early Wednesday morning.

    He was flown to a hospital in either Santa Fe or Albuquerque because he suffered injuries in the jump, state police said.

    Officers are trying to figure out where the boy is hospitalized, so they can interview him to see what happened, Lt. Eric Garcia said.

    No other information was available, Garcia said.

  • Jury: Ex-cop innocent

    A former San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy was found not guilty Tuesday of an alleged attack on a man in his home.

    With tears welling up in her eyes after the verdict, Bolivar said, “I would like to thank all the people who believed in me, including my family, my attorney, my biggest supporter (Sheriff) Benjie (Vigil), and God.”

    The eight-woman, four-man jury reached its verdict after the two-day trial.

  • Some claim wind rules too restrictive

    The San Miguel County Commission is considering a proposed ordinance that would keep wind farms three miles away from residences.

    The only exception would be when all affected residents within a three-mile area agree to a variance.

    However, some believe the three-mile setback is too restrictive, effectively keeping out wind farms.

    For the last year and a half, a county task force has been drafting the proposed ordinance. During that time, the county has had a moratorium on wind farms.

  • Review: Turning back the pages of time

    Susan Jensen and Paul Singer’s “Cowboy Shindig” in Las Vegas’ Plaza Hotel Ballroom last Sunday afternoon entertained a crowd of close to 200.

    J&S Productions’ media package had invited folks with “pull on your boots and screw down your hat,” and some attendees, indeed, were wearing the proper garb. No matter, though, as all the branding, roping, riding and ranch work was confined to the screen.

  • Letter: A screwed-up sense of priorities

    I remember a New Mexico State cop (we’ll just call him captain, though he doesn’t deserve the honor) alleging I was DWI (a few months after I caught him trying to misuse a neighbors gate — reprisal). He lied that he followed me for one mile to establish probable cause. He can’t face me to this day, but some people, who know the right people, get their DWI charges dismissed, while the rest of us get lied about.

  • City official pushes Fiesta accountability

    City Manager Timothy Dodge is asking for more accountability from the Fiesta Council — using the same standards applied to other nonprofit groups that receive city money.

    During a Fiesta Council meeting on Tuesday, Dodge said the city should have a seat on the council.

    He also asked that quarterly reports be submitted to the city — something that hasn’t happened in the past.

    “The city is probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest, funder. If we’re going to use public resources, we need accountability,” he said.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    A $600,000 PROBLEM. A malfunction with a natural gas meter at Highlands University may mean that the city owes the school $600,000 for overcharges. Where will the utilities department get this money? This is bad news for the city.

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  • Police nab DWI repeat offender

    For the third time in recent weeks, local state police officers caught a repeat DWI offender, reports state.

    Jesus Barraza-Ruiz, 43, 1204 Montezuma St., was charged with the fourth-degree felony of DWI. He was also charged with driving with a suspended license, having no insurance, and failing to display registration and register his car.

    It was his fifth DWI offense, police said.

  • Letter: The best 2 nurses at Alta Vista

    On Monday, June 14, I was admitted into Alta Vista Regional Hospital due to a broken ankle. I would greatly like to thank Zachariah Castillo and Raquel Galavez for their patience and kindness to take very good care of me.

    They were always on top of their job. Zachariah did everything he could do to keep my hubby by my side at all times. Wednesday was his Friday, and I got introduced to about four different nurses that weren’t (really) my nurses; it took me 8-1/2 hours before I got any pain medications. The last three days were painful.