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  • East superintendent suspended

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has placed Superintendent Rick Romero on leave for seven days because of a violation of the district’s computer-use policy, the school board chairman said this week.


    Chairman Ramon “Swoops” Montaño said the board decided on that discipline after a closed session Tuesday night. He said the complaint about the violation came from a school employee, who reported it about two weeks ago.


    Associate Superintendent LeeEtte Quintina will be in charge of the district in Romero’s absence.

  • Councilors oust Fiesta organizers

    The city of Las Vegas plans to take over Fiestas de Las Vegas.
    On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to set up a city committee to run the annual July 4 weekend event.


    An independent group, the Fiesta Council, has been organizing the festivities for a number of years. But in recent months, the group has been embroiled in controversies over finances and a public battle with the former Fiesta queen, among other issues.

  • Board leader to leave soon

    Las Vegas City Schools board President Ramon “Swoops” Montaño dropped a bombshell at Tuesday’s board meeting, telling fellow members he would be leaving his post before the February election.


    “I will step down from my position on the board of education in December. Being away from my four kids, who live in Rio Rancho, has become too much of a burden,” Montaño said.

  • Does Las Vegas have a new constitution? Officials won’t say

    Fifty-six percent of Las Vegas voters approved a new city charter in March, but that doesn’t mean the city is ready to accept it.


    The charter, which acts as a constitution for the city, would give mayors four-year terms, instead of two, and set up runoff elections to ensure that mayoral and City Council winners get at least 50 percent of the vote.


    It would also limit mayors’ and council members’ pay to $10,000 a year.

  • Study: Too reliant on government

    San Miguel County is far too dependent on government employment, a new report says.

    “While, by most standards, these are good jobs, the problem is that the county has little history of private job creation and may find it difficult to respond to what are almost certainly very different economic conditions in the future,” wrote Jeffrey Mitchell of the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

    Las Vegas’ biggest employers are the state hospital and Highlands University.

  • Mora sheriff crashes squad car

    Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova has quit his other job as a Valencia County sheriff’s deputy after crashing his squad car and then refusing to take a breath-alcohol test, an Albuquerque TV station reported.

    Cordova, who was hired in September in Valencia County, has continued to collect his full paycheck in Mora County, even though he has been working part time.

    KRQE reported Monday that Cordova, who lost his bid for re-election, hit a guardrail while on patrol Sunday. The crash caused minimal damage.

  • AG chides officials on public records

    The Las Vegas Police Department appears to have violated the state’s public records law by failing to respond promptly to a request for a police report on a fire, the state attorney general’s office says.

    On Nov. 3, 2008, resident Shaun McEllin filed a request to inspect public records in relation to a car fire at Mike’s Body and Paint, 513 Railroad Ave., which happened two days before.

  • District: West has expensive new track, but it’s already messy

    The West Las Vegas school district spent a bundle for the new sports complex that includes an Olympic-quality running track.

    Now that track is being damaged by those who spit out their gum and throw other debris on the running surface. The track was finished last year.

    West paid $1.8 million for the football field and the state-of-the-art running track that sports a red and green color scheme.

    The track was laid by Mondo Sports Specialties of Albuquerque, whose parent company provides world class sports products worldwide.

  • 18-year-old accused of stabbing woman

    A man has been charged with stabbing a woman during a domestic dispute.

    Cruz Gallegos, 18, faces two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon against a household member, a third-degree felony. He also is charged with counts of child abuse, false imprisonment, aggravated assault of a household member and tampering with evidence.

    Gallegos remains at large, and police are seeking any information on his whereabouts.

  • Police Department’s crime scene van damaged

    The Las Vegas Police Department’s crime scene van has been damaged.
    Over the weekend, one of the van’s windows was broken, interim Police Chief Christian Montaño said. It was at the Fourth Street house of the department’s evidence technician.

    The police caught two juveniles who are believed to have caused the damage, Montaño said.

    The van used to be parked at the Police Department, but the agency wanted to have an employee take it home, so it would run regularly, which helps with maintenance, Montaño said.