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  • Fewer alcohol establishments in town

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel County DWI Task Force cited a number of successes during a meeting last week, including four licenses to serve alcohol leaving the city.

    Mayor Henry Sanchez said, “Las Vegas is becoming a town not friendly to alcohol.”

    He said the Bull Rush, Palms, Wolff’s Den and La Cantina had all sold their licenses to businesses outside of San Miguel County.

    The DWI Task Force also exchanged ideas before a big push to convince the Legislature that money would be well spent by funding programs to stop drinking and driving.

  • Residents to get new wells

    Snow has been plentiful this year, but that doesn’t mean much to Bill Pyles.

    Like other residents in Ojitos Frios southwest of Las Vegas, Pyles has been seeing his well level drop over time and as a result, his family is conserving every drop it has.

    The residents point to a single culprit: The city’s one operating well at Taylor Wells, which is just down the road from the county jail southwest of town.

    He said his well has just enough water to fill a bathtub.

  • Mayor joins race

    Changing his mind, Mayor Henry Sanchez announced this morning that he would run again.

    Two weeks ago, Sanchez told the public on a radio show that he didn’t want to run for a fourth two-year term because he felt he may become a “hindrance” to city government if he won. He also said Las Vegas needed a new mayor who could start out fresh with the media, which he contended had been unfairly critical of City Hall.

    But this morning, he said he had received much encouragement to reverse his decision.

  • Campos speaks out on Luna bid

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Pete Campos on Thursday broke his months-long silence on his bid to become Luna Community College’s next president.

    In a related development, Luna scheduled a public forum for Campos, a Democratic senator who represents Las Vegas, for 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Board of Trustees’ chambers in the Student Services Building.

    The Board of Trustees is set to publicly interview Campos at 9 a.m. Thursday, although a time hasn’t been set yet.

  • Optic's parent firm to be sold

    NORFOLK, Va. — The family that owns Landmark Communications will announce as early as today that it plans to sell the company, which owns the Weather Channel and nine daily newspapers, according to its flagship newspaper, The Virginian-Pilot.

    The privately held, Norfolk-based company could be sold in pieces, the newspaper reported on its Web site Wednesday night.

    Landmark owns the Las Vegas Optic.

  • Municipal candidates set to file

    Candidates for the March 4 municipal election are required to file their papers with the city clerk’s office next week.

    The candidates must file during normal business hours on Tuesday. Some prospective candidates wait until the last minute to decide, so they can see who else is running.

    This year, Mayor Henry Sanchez’s decision not to run is expected to open the floodgates for others looking to take the top spot, though he said late Wednesday he is reconsidering. Sanchez, a proven vote-getter, apparently has scared away potential rivals in previous races.

  • Chacon woman has 1st baby of 2008

    Aliana Amour Trujillo arrived at 4:46 p.m. Jan. 1, becoming the first baby born at Alta Vista Regional Hospital in 2008. The baby girl weighed 5 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 19 inches.

    Mother April Trujillo said she was excited and surprised by all the attention she has received by giving birth to the first baby of the new year. She said all the nurses in the birthing ward have been very attentive and protective.

  • Moore won't run for mayor

    City Councilwoman Diane Moore, who had considered running for mayor, announced Wednesday that she planned instead to run again for her eastside Ward 2 seat.

    “I have thoroughly enjoyed my current term as councilwoman and the close working relationship I have with my constituents in Ward 2,” Moore said in a statement.

  • Handgun found near site of murders

    State police revealed Wednesday that they found a handgun at the site of the Dec. 20 killings of a Las Vegas couple.

    Authorities are tightlipped on the details of the murders, saying they don’t want to compromise their investigation.

    Lt. David Martinez confirmed the discovery of the handgun at the crime scene, but he wouldn’t say where precisely it was found. He said police haven’t determined if it was the weapon used in the fatal shootings.

  • Sanchez relooks at decision

    Mayor Henry Sanchez may join the race for mayor after all.

    On Dec. 21, the mayor announced that he wouldn’t run for a fourth two-year term. But on Wednesday night, Sanchez said he had received so much support from residents since his announcement, he is reconsidering his decision.

    Sanchez said people have called or paid visits urging him to change his mind. “People have been coming from different walks of life,” the mayor said.