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Today's News

  • Delinquent accounts taken off books

    If you have a delinquent solid waste bill with the county, it may be taken off the books. But the county still reserves the right to collect.

    The County Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to remove 221 solid waste accounts from its system, amounting to $114,000. That came at the advice of an auditor who believed the county’s solid waste accounts receivable was too large.

    Residents in the county’s unincorporated areas are charged for use of solid waste convenience centers scattered around the county.

  • Villanueva gets money

    The Villanueva Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association will receive a $961,000 loan and a $539,000 grant from the federal government, an official announced Monday.

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., said the funds will be used to improve and expand the community’s water system. The system needs a bigger tank to replace leaking tanks, a new well, pump and well house and more fire hydrants, among other things.

  • Romero says he was attacked

    A Las Vegas man has been charged with attacking a Las Vegas City Schools board member after the suspect wrecked his car in front of the official’s house.

    Mario Ramirez, 29, was charged with aggravated battery and aggravated driving while intoxicated, Las Vegas police said. A passenger, Leroy Valdez, 23, was charged with disorderly conduct, police said.

  • LV man accused of raping woman

    A 33-year-old Las Vegas man is accused of raping a woman and later threatening her by saying he could have her fired from her job.

    The man, who lives on San Miguel Street, was arrested on charges of criminal sexual penetration, kidnapping, robbery and intimidation of a witness.

    According to a criminal complaint, the alleged victim on March 31 had just gotten off from work and went to sleep when the suspect woke her up. He asked her to go for a ride, but she protested at first, saying she was tired.

  • West gets new activity bus

    West Las Vegas High School and Middle School students will be traveling in comfort and style as they hit the road in their new activity bus.

    Bus driver Ronnie Lopez picked up the new ride in Albuquerque Friday and has already ferried students on a field trip and to a Lady Dons softball game.

    “It drives like a Cadillac, really quiet and smooth,” Lopez said.

    He said the 46-passenger bus comes with plush bucket seats and climate-controlled air and heat that adjusts to the desired temperature with a touch of a button.

  • City eyes offer to lease wells at ranch

    Representatives of a rancher who wants to lease his wells to the city made their case to the City Council last week.

    City officials said this was just a general overview of the proposal and for information only. Mayor Tony Marquez added that the governing body takes the water situation seriously and that there would be a special council meeting to address those concerns at a yet-to-be-determined date.

    Councilman Morris Madrid said, “Tonight’s presentation is probably going to set the background for the kind of meeting the mayor is talking about.”

  • School links solar panel to grid

    Fifth-graders from around the East Las Vegas school district were introduced to a green world taking shape at Memorial Middle School during a flipping-the-switch ceremony that connected a solar panel at the school to the Public Service Company of New Mexico grid.

    Shirley Marlow, 4-H science, technology, engineering and math specialist, said the school was one of five in he state chosen by the state Department of Energy and Minerals to receive the solar panel that produces 634 watts of electricity a day, powering the greenhouse on the middle school campus.

  • Luna starts new certificate programs

    Luna Community College is launching four new certificate programs in an attempt to provide students with more opportunities, officials said.

    None of the programs would require more staff, they said.

    Recently, Luna’s Board of Trustees approved certificates in manicures and pedicures; math, science and engineering technology; and political science. They also agreed to add a concentration in the school’s criminal justice certificate program.

  • Spreading community art and weatlh

    Abundancia manager Linzy Behr grins as she dons a black knit poncho. The echo of playful dogs reverberates through the newly-renovated second-hand store as artist Alex Ellis joins in the fun, pulling a thick “pleather” jacket from a plastic hanger.

    “This store has a new breath of life,” says Ellis. He sweeps one arm across his body, showcasing the neatly-arranged merchandise. “Linzy’s done an incredible job with this place.”

  • What tennis has in store

    I started off as an 11-year- old at my Uncle Martin’s tennis camp. I had a racket with rainbow colored strings and I entertained myself by picking up all the balls and dropping them right before I got to the basket. To me, it was basically an hour or two to socialize and cause trouble with my younger cousin, Ali.