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  • Temporary replacement suggested

    Ward 4 City Councilman David Romero continues to improve after a stroke he suffered in August, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said last week.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Councilman Andrew Feldman suggested that the council find a temporary replacement while Romero is recovering.

    But Ortiz and City Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron said the city charter wouldn’t allow for a temporary appointment to a council seat.
    Gurule-Giron said the council should demonstrate compassion toward Romero.

  • Mayor wants to move up trick-or-treating

    Because Halloween is falling on a Sunday this year, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is encouraging a different schedule for trick-or-treating.


    On the request of Old Town merchants, the mayor is declaring Friday afternoon for trick-or-treating along Bridge Street and around Plaza Park.


    And to prevent trick- or-treating on Sunday night, he is urging parents to take their ghosts and goblins for trick-or-treat on Saturday evening instead.

  • Cops may live in public housing

    The city’s housing authority is looking to have police officers live in public housing.


    The officers would get reduced rent in exchange for living there, a program that the federal government allows, officials said.


    Robert Pacheco, the housing authority’s director, said he will present a plan for approval to the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.

  • Residents call for heads to roll at East

    The Las Vegas City Schools board and superintendent got an earful of public outrage with a small dose of understanding during a meeting packed with eastside property owners affected by a 30 percent tax hike this year.

    From the start, the audience was agitated that public comment was at the end of the agenda. (It is normally at the beginning.) After audience members were heard complaining, board members voted to move public comment to its normal position.

  • Official alleges resident threatened him

    Las Vegas City Schools board President Ramon “Swoops” Montaño said he called police after he was threatened by resident Frank Casey during a recess at last week’s board meeting.


    Casey, a Las Vegas resident, denied the allegations.


    A large crowd who had gathered to express their feelings on a tax increase began to file out of the board’s chambers after a public input session when Casey allegedly approached Montaño using a string of expletives.

  • Suspect rejects plea offer

    Richard Baca, the man accused in an alleged road-rage incident last year, has rejected a plea agreement, a prosecutor said last week.

    Baca, 21, a soldier who had served in Iraq, faces charges of voluntary man-slaughter and shooting from a motor vehicle in connection with the death of Benito Lemos, 22, a postal carrier.

    Prosecutor Tom Clayton told District Judge Eugenio Mathis on Thursday that his office had offered the agreement to Baca and that the defendant rejected it. He said the matter would be headed to trial.

  • State hopefuls don’t rule out tax hike

    Both candidates for District 70 state representative say they would do what they could to avoid tax hikes to wipe out a budget deficit next year.

    But neither ruled out supporting such a possibility.
     
    Incumbent Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, and Republican challenger Mel Root answered questions during a forum Thursday night at Memorial Middle School. They face off Nov. 2.

    Vigil, a bus contractor, said he understands what tax increases mean to families and businesses.

  • Sheriff candidates: We’ll work full time

    The two candidates for San Miguel County sheriff said they would work full time if elected in November.


    They were responding to a question during a candidates forum on Thursday about Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova.


    Cordova recently started working as a sheriff’s deputy in Valencia County. He reportedly cut his hours as Mora County sheriff but still collects a full paycheck. He makes $40,712 a year as sheriff.

  • Children cut from pre-K program

    Nine children in the West Las Vegas school district’s pre-kindergarten program won’t be allowed to attend much longer.

    On Oct. 1, Superintendent Ruben Cordova sent letters to the parents informing them that the district will no longer be able to provide services to their children starting Wednesday.

    “It is with much regret that I make this decision,” Cordova wrote.

  • Local veteran leaders talk energy and security in Las Vegas

    Veterans say oil dependence funds terror, climate change destabilizes nations

     

    Veterans urge elected officials to tackle deadly consequences of climate change through emission regulations

     

    This Tuesday, top retired military leaders and local veterans will hold a roundtable discussion with New Mexico citizens highlighting the connection between climate change, oil dependence, and national security.