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  • Looking Ahead

    Spring Concert is Tuesday

    The award winning Memorial Middle School Bands will be host to a Spring Concert at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the MMS gym. Concert goers will be entertained with music of various styles to include traditional Concert Marches, Overtures, Ballads Swing, Rock, Latin Rock and more.

  • Weather - May 23, 2011

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Breezy, with a calm wind becoming west 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 43. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Windy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 43.

    Wednesday

  • FYI

    New Mexico’s centennial license plate is getting rave reviews for its design. Gov. Susana Martinez and other state officials received plaques last week by the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association for New Mexico having the best license plate in the nation for 2010, according to The Associated Press. The turquoise-colored plate features a Zia sun symbol.

  • ‘Our greatest loss’

    Rita Romero dropped off her husband, Frank, at work Wednesday morning, their regular routine since high gas prices convinced them it was time to start carpooling.

    “I kissed him goodbye, said I love you, I’ll see you at 4 o’clock,” Rita Romero said, her voice cracking with emotion. “That was it.”

  • Union: Accident was preventable

    A state union official says the Wednesday accident that left two men dead didn’t have to happen.

    “The problem for us is that had (the city) followed half of the stuff they were supposed to do, these guys ... would be alive right now,” said Joel Villareal, staff representative with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 18 in Albuquerque.

  • Romero loved to laugh

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Frank and Rita Romero moved to Las Vegas from California four years ago looking for a fresh start.

    “After our son passed away, we just decided to have a new life and start over,” Rita Romero said.

    On Wednesday their fresh start turned tragic. Frank Romero, 49, and another city worker were inside an 8- or 9-foot trench when it collapsed, killing both of them.

    “It’s a huge loss, but hopefully my son was there to greet him,” Rita Romero said.

  • Hern a father of three

    Gene Hern, one of two city of Las Vegas utilities workers who died Wednesday when a ditch collapsed and buried them, was a father of three.

    The 32-year-old had worked for the city for about four years, city officials said. When he wasn’t working at the city he was often working at El Rialto Restaurant, a job he held for years.

    His aunt, Grace Roybal, said Gene Hern was a hard worker and had two sons and a daughter all under the age of 15.

  • East board rejects finalists

    Even before the crucial motion was made on Tuesday, it was clear that the four finalists vying to be the next superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools wouldn’t be settling in at central office anytime soon.

    Board members Gabriel Lucero and Elaine Luna tried twice to get the board to hire a finalist, first Lucero, motioning to hire Eric Martinez then Luna making a motion to hire Sheri Williams.

    Their efforts were in vain.

  • LV man charged with kidnapping

    A 22-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested this week after he allegedly broke into his girlfriend's Tecolote home, beat and choked her and then dragged her by the hair and forced her into his car.

    Steven Archuleta, of the 900 block of East Prince, faces multiple charges, including kidnapping, a second-degree felony, aggravated battery against a household member, a third-degree felony and burglary, also a third-degree felony. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center, and his bond was set at $25,000 cash.

  • Acequia Culture

    The “acequia culture” is a widely recognized part of life in rural New Mexico, dating back to the pre-colonial area.

    Irrigation systems required extensive and long-term planning, construction and maintenance, the key being the cooperation among parciantes (the people who participate in a ditch system). In a sense, such organization constituted a government of the people, and its descendants into the 21st century continue the ancient tradition.