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Today's News

  • Suspect accused in kicking spree with cops

    A Las Vegas man stopped for drunken driving drew many more charges after going on a kicking spree and fighting with an officer, state police said.

    Theodore B. Trujillo, 22, 2710 Seventh St., Space 35, was charged with assault by a prisoner, aggravated battery upon a police officer, resisting officers, two counts of criminal damage and driving while intoxicated.

  • Vet transport service planned

    San Miguel County is purchasing a van to transport veterans to medical appointments, but many details still need to be hammered out.

    The county has received money from the state Department of Veterans Services to buy the van. Officials are working in conjunction with local veterans groups to make the program a reality.

    County Manager Les Montoya told the County Commission last week that the county would need to get money to operate the van. He said the county could provide the funding for the first year, but it would have to go to the state for money after that.

  • Man wakes up, beats up woman, police say

    A drunken man who repeatedly struck a woman in a van he was riding in is now facing a misdemeanor aggravated battery charge.

    Brian B. Montoya, 31, 901 Pecos St., was arrested early in the morning of March 19.

    According to a criminal complaint, the officer met with the victim at a home on Grand Avenue. The victim said she was riding in a van with three others when Montoya, who was passed out, awoke and asked her who she was.

  • LETTER: It’s time to sit down with workers

    As someone who has been in the health field for over 35 years, I want to applaud all the doctors who signed the petition calling on Alta Vista Hospital to recognize its workers’ attempt to unionize. The doctors, the community and the workers all want Alta Vista to sit down at the bargain table to solve this vital need. Now is the time.

    Percyne Gardener

    Las Vegas

     

  • County OKs wood-park plan

    The San Miguel County Commission took the first step toward approving the plans for the wood business park on Las Vegas’ north side.

    One official compared the action to a person’s allowing himself to go to the bathroom. That’s because the county was essentially approving its own project. The county owns the area where the park will be, which is the site of the old Medite of New Mexico fiberboard factory.

    Managing the park will be the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, which hopes to spur local wood-related industries.

  • EDITORIAL: Infusion of cash

    The federal government is making available billions of dollars for states and cities across the county, hoping to spur the economy with infrastructure projects.

    There’s nothing a politician likes more than to get a huge infusion of money with which to play. And President Obama knows this. That’s why he warned local and state officials to spend the money wisely, and he promised to expose any wasteful spending.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the local chapter of the American Red Cross I would like to thank the community for their support at our recent fundraiser. We  thank the State Employees Credit Union for allowing us the use of their facility for the fundraiser as well as all the individuals who helped the volunteers by providing baked goods for us to sell. A big thank you to our volunteers who all brought goodies to sell and volunteered their time at the sale. All of the processes from the sale go to provide direct assistance to those in need.

  • LETTER: Repeal of the death penalty

    Repeal of the death penalty in New Mexico marks an extraordinarily significant development in our society, on a level with extending the vote to women, abolishing legal racial segregation, or even abolishing slavery. In his speech at signing, the governor noted many strong reasons to make this change; it is not a deterrent, it’s racially and economically unfair, and the U.S. is alone among developed nations in judicial execution. But he said the strongest factor is the danger of getting it wrong and executing an innocent person.

  • Ex-official followed mayor’s order

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez has stated previously that a gas rate hike that had been delayed for nearly three months “should have been done automatically by the utilities department.”

    But an executive order signed by the mayor himself imposed a freeze on all such actions.

  • City making plans for stimulus money

    The city is wasting no time in seeking money from the federal government’s stimulus program, officials said last week.

    Already, the city has hired a consultant, Gus Cordova of the Mercer Group, to coordinate city departments’ efforts to benefit from the infusion of federal funding. Cordova also served as the consultant in the recent effort to recruit a new city manager.