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Today's News

  • More protests filed this year

    The San Miguel County assessor’s office saw a big increase in the number of tax protests this year.

    Residents and businesses were required to file their protests to assessed property values in June.

    This year, the county received 324 protests, Assessor Elaine Estrada said. One of the reasons for the spike, she said, was that the assessor’s office conducted the first mass appraisal of commercial properties and vacant land since 1998, Estrada said. As a result, many saw increases in their property values, which could well mean hikes in tax bills.

  • Residents may see taxes drop

    Some residents southwest of Las Vegas may see big drops in their tax bills if they convince the San Miguel County assessor that their property values have declined.

    Six property owners in Ojitos Frios have filed tax protests, saying that a decreasing water table means that their properties are worth much less than when they bought them.

    For years, residents in Ojitos Frios and other communities southwest of town have blamed their water situation on the city’s increasing use of its nearby Taylor Wells.

  • Local students set goals for the new school year

    West Las Vegas sixth-grader Brian Gonzales may be new to middle school, but like most of his classmates, he has goals for the year.

    While standing in the lunch line, Gonzales said he had a lot of fun playing baseball with the Athletics and La Plaza All Stars this summer.

    “I’m sort of glad to be back at school,” he said. Now that he is, his goal is to get straight A’s.

    Taylor Paul was also standing in the sixth-grade lunch line.

  • Suit alleges Medicaid fraud

    ALBUQUERQUE —A federal whistleblower lawsuit alleges Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Inc. made improper donations to local governments to make millions of dollars off the Medicaid program at its three New Mexico hospitals over eight years.

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is one of the three. Community Health Systems took ownership of the nonprofit local hospital in 2000.

  • Victim: I didn’t provoke attack

    A recent stabbing victim said this week that he did nothing to provoke the attack, despite what the suspect is telling the police.

    Apolinario Gonzales, 26, got out of the hospital on Friday after more than a week there. He said the suspect, Louis G. Paredes, 23, stabbed him twice, in the upper and lower torso.

    “I’m in severe pain. I won’t be able to work for a long time,” said Gonzales, whose business is Gonzales Handyman Services.

    Paredes faces a charge of aggravated battery.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    Colfax County hosted the 2009 Northeast 4-H shooting sports contest on June 16 at the Whittington NRA center in Raton. The objectives were to assist 4-H members to learn and practice the rules of rifle safety, sportsmanship and accuracy with firearms. The county teams consist of three or four members. The event starts with a written examination for a maximum of 50 points. The shooting match has a maximum of 300 points. The written exam will account for 25 percent and the marksmanship counts for 75 percent. Targets are used at the 50-foot range.

  • Police catch fugitives

    Las Vegas police arrested two men last week who are accused of sexually assaulting a couple of teenage girls in Nebraska.

    The two 24-year-olds were wanted on charges of first-degree sexual assault. They allegedly tied up a 15-year-old and a 14-year-old for several days and sexually assaulted them.

    Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said Nebraska authorities had put out an alert for the two men. And just a few days before they men showed up in Las Vegas, they had fled from state police in Kansas.

  • Mobile home a target of protest

    The city has approved a doublewide mobile home for a lot on Calle Bonita, but some residents are objecting to that decision.

    Some years ago, a house burned down at 2403 Calle Bonita, and the lot has been vacant since then. On July 11, the city approved a permit for the trailer, signed by an employee in the community development department.

    However, Porfirio Campos, who lives next door, told the City Council last week that he and other residents object to the inclusion of a mobile home. He said they would have been more comfortable with a modular.

  • Letter: Money shouldn’t go to a promoter

    Do you find it hard to believe that our city fathers are proposing to give $15,000 of our money to the promoters of a female boxing match? Given the past record of our City Council, nothing is too surprising. Apparently the only barrier to this giveaway is concern about a possible violation of New Mexico anti-donation laws.

    What concerns me more is that the city will be giving our money to a personal sports promoter. If this match is such a great thing, it should be able to pay for itself.

  • Dave's Drive-in: ‘Major League’ drives home fun

    The timeless appeal of America’s pastime has long fascinated filmmakers and filmgoers alike. Some baseball movies have been serious, like “Pride of the Yankees,” which took on Lou Gehrig’s story and his tearful departure after being diagnosed with the disease that now bears his name. Others have played up the romance and fantasy of the game, as in “Field of Dreams.” And then there’s the rollicking good times of a film like “Major League” and its sequels.