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Meyers to run for city council

Roxanna Meyers has announced her plans to run for the City Council District 2 seat, to which she was appointed in December.

Meyers, a Republican was named to the position by Mayor Richard Berry after Democrat Debbie O’Malley stepped down to became a Bernalillo County commissioner.

Meyers, president/CEO of Century Sign Builders, said she wants to establish Albuquerque as a “world-class city” or what she calls a “city with a soul,” according to a news release.

“It’s time to get Albuquerque as the choice for companies looking to relocate with high-paying jobs for our citizens, to implement smart growth programs and to work together to create the best possible education system for our young people,” she said in the release.

District 2 covers much of the North Valley, Downtown, Barelas and some of the university area.

Also running for that seat is City Councilor Ike Benton, a Democrat.

Property Control director dies

Chuck Gara, director of the New Mexico General Service Department’s Property Control Division, died Friday after a serious illness. He was 65.

Gara had previously worked as a real estate agent in Albuquerque. He also served on several urban planning committees.

During his two years heading the state’s property division, Gara worked to rewrite leases in order to save the state money. He also pushed for new legislation to streamline the management of state-owned facilities, according to the agency.

A memorial service for Gara will be held Saturday at Albuquerque’s Faith Lutheran Church.

High-speed chase on Paseo

A man driving on a revoked license from a previous drunken-driving conviction led Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase on Paseo del Norte around 8:30 a.m. Monday before rolling his vehicle and fleeing on foot.

Deputies captured Jesus Perez-Baca, 21, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Aaron Williamson said. Perez-Baca faces charges of aggravated fleeing from law enforcement, reckless driving and other offenses.

The incident began when deputies clocked a westbound vehicle on Paseo del Norte driving 79 mph in a 60-mph zone. Deputies stopped the sport-utility vehicle near the Rio Grande overpass, but as they approached on foot, the SUV resumed driving west on Paseo del Norte.

The vehicle led deputies on a high-speed chase before the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled in the 9200 block of Eagle Ranch NW, when Perez-Baca fled on foot, Williamson said. Deputies caught Perez-Baca with the help of area residents, he said.

Gov. travels to promote N.M.

SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez traveled to Arizona on Monday, her latest stop on a busy out-of-state travel schedule.

Martinez is scheduled to speak at a luncheon today hosted by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, according to the Governor’s Office. She is expected to encourage Arizona leaders to invest in New Mexico, following the passage of a tax package that will lower state corporate income tax rates, among other things.

Martinez will hold a fundraising event before returning to New Mexico. Travel costs for the trip will be paid by the chamber group, Martinez spokesman Enrique Knell said.

Los Picaros pedestrian killed

A man was struck and killed by a vehicle early Monday as he walked north on Los Picaros SE, just north of Bobby Foster Road, Bernalillo County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Aaron Williamson said.

The victim, who was not identified Monday, was wearing dark-colored clothing and was walking in an area that is not well-lit, Williamson said.

Traffic Investigators said alcohol and speed did not appear to be factors in the crash, he said.

Spouse of fire victim sought

ROSWELL – Police in Roswell are investigating the death of a woman who had been set on fire.

Authorities say Lisa Smith, 44, ran out of her apartment last Friday night engulfed in flames. She later died at a Texas hospital.

KOAT-TV reported that police want to question Smith’s 49-year-old husband in the case but don’t know where he is. They say he is 5-foot 9-inches tall, 200 pounds and has brown eyes and a shaved head.


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