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Today's News

  • Letter: Co-op members voted wisely

    As a member of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op and a former general manager of the Co-op, I would like to thank the members of the Co-op for their vote recently regarding the bylaw elections. I, along with several co-op members, attend the monthly board meetings and we as a group have a good understanding of the happenings at the Co-op. We will continue to monitor what happens at the co-op and keep the membership informed.

  • Work of Art: Why protest a spelling bee?

    For the third time in my career, I’ve participated in a spelling bee, but no, not as a participant (my eighth-grade classmate, Ermalinda, beat me, and others, out).

    Once, while I was still teaching, Betty Leger and George Fidel invited me to be a pronouncer at West Las Vegas High School. Later, I served as a judge at the Baha’i School in Manuelitas.

  • Editorial: Trash rate hike needed

    It would be easy for us to condemn the city for even considering raising its garbage rates by 43 percent for residents — from $14 to $20 a month per household.   

    We could urge the city to find more efficiencies within the solid waste department and scour the federal and state bureaucracies for every available grant. And we could warn the city that any rate hike would hurt the elderly and others on fixed incomes.

    Indeed, that would all be true. At the same time, we would be avoiding hard truths.

  • 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.