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Ex-Española mayor may run in SF

Former Española Mayor Joseph Maestas said Monday that he is considering running for mayor again — but this time in Santa Fe.

He said in a news release that he intends to “consult with my family, friends and supporters” before deciding whether he will make a run for Santa Fe mayor.

Mayor David Coss announced last week that he won’t seek a second four-year term.

Maestas now lives in Santa Fe with his wife, federal Judge Martha Vazquez.

He served one term as Española mayor after his election in 2006 and did not seek re-election in 2010. Maestas made an unsuccessful run for the Democratic nomination for a seat on the state Public Regulation Commission in 2008.

Several city councilors, along with Javier Gonzales, former Santa Fe County commissioner and until recently chairman of the state Democratic Party, have indicated they may jump into the race.

Decomposed body found at residence

An elderly woman may have been dead for months before a visiting family member found her in her condominium Monday afternoon.

Santa Fe Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt said there was nothing suspicious found at the 70-year-old woman’s residence on West Zia Road. The woman’s body was badly decomposed and will undergo an autopsy at the Office of the Medical Investigator.

Police believe the woman may have been dead since about October because a letter dated around that time was found stuck inside her door. Westervelt said police had a hard time navigating the scene because of a variety of “junk” the woman apparently had been hoarding. The spokeswoman said the family had not seen the woman in more than two years.

Vehicle heist suspects charged

A man accused of participating in a mass vehicle heist from a local car dealership was arrested Sunday and charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and criminal conspiracy, according to Santa Fe Police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt.

Patrick Pollock, 25, of Madrid, was released from Santa Fe County jail Monday on a $25,000 cash or surety bond, according to an inmate database. He’s charged along with Justin Jameson, Angelo Rotunno and Anthony Webb for stealing about six vehicles from Sierra Santa Fe Buick GMC on Cerrillos Road in February. Westervelt said Webb is the suspected mastermind behind the vehicle thefts. He recently had been fired from the business and may have had a key to a box where the vehicle keys were being kept.

Westervelt said police worked with a confidential informant in investigating the case. She said she could not say whether there were more unnamed suspects.

Postal workers collect donations

On Saturday, letter carriers in Santa Fe and nationwide will take part in the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Locally, letter carriers collected 44,000 pounds of food with this drive last year.

All you need to do is place a box or can of nonperishable food next to your mailbox before letter carriers deliver mail on Saturday. The food will be taken back to the postal station, sorted and provided to The Food Depot and to St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Santa Fe.

Anyone unable to put a food donation out that day can drop donations off at Santa Fe post offices; The Food Depot, 1222 A Siler Road, or St. Vincent de Paul, 1088 Early St. Donations of canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned meats, beans, pasta and rice are encouraged.

Open house at animal sanctuary

Kindred Spirits Sanctuary is holding an open house and educational talks at its site from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The sanctuary, on N.M. 14 south of Santa Fe, offers end-of-life and hospice care for elderly, unwanted animals. Visitors this weekend will be able to tour the grounds, as well as browse jewelry, books and more donated by local artists.

Talks offered on Saturday are: noon to 1 p.m., From Trauma To Healing, by Mary Anne Schadler, DVM, and Ulla Pedersen, RN, founder and director; and 2 to 3 p.m., Animal Communication, by Leta Worthington.

Sunday talks include: noon to 1 p.m., Snake Bites, by Nan Hack, DVM; 2 to 3 p.m., Canine Massage, by Breck Breckenridge.

For details and directions, visit the Kindred Spirits website (www.kindredspiritsnm.org), or call 505-471-5366.

Meetings discuss Tesuque Valley

Santa Fe County and the Tesuque Community Planning Committee is holding two community open houses at Tesuque Elementary School to discuss the draft Tesuque Valley Community Plan update.

One will be held 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, and the other will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday. The intent of the open houses are to share information on trends and key issues in Tesuque and to seek input on draft plan recommendations.

Topics to be addressed include land use, scenic corridor and roads, social trails and public trails, wildfire, and projects and programs to enhance quality of life.

The community plan, once approved by the Santa Fe County Commission, will replace the Rio Tesuque Community Plan adopted in 2000.

The plan area boundary follows the Tesuque Traditional Historic Community boundary established in 1998: bordered by the Pueblo of Tesuque on the north, Santa Fe National Forest on the east, the City of Santa Fe on the south, and U.S. 285 on the west.


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