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  • Tire dump angers land official

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Officials at the State Land Office have been busy reviewing records and charting a legal strategy as they consider what to do about a massive tire dump that stretches through a remote arroyo in northeastern New Mexico.

    Land Commissioner Ray Powell said his office expects to have a plan in place soon for dealing with the thousands of tires that are filling the dry wash. Powell was alerted to the tire dump by Albuquerque television station KRQE.

  • Westminster Winner

    Former Las Vegas resident Amber Sena is getting national exposure after winning the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Art Competition.

    Now a resident of Brooklyn, Sena created the winning art that was featured at the 135-year-old competition held last month. The charcoal and pastel piece is titled “Canon of Canine.”

    “I’m just a small-town girl from Vegas who happened to have something exciting happen recently,” said Sena, a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University and Robertson High School.

  • City charter remains in question

    One year after a majority of voters signed off on a new charter for the city of Las Vegas, its validity remains up in the air.

    And with the new charter scheduled to take effect in a year, the mayor and city attorney are hoping to get the issue resolved once and for all.

    The City Council is slated to take up the issue publicly at its meeting this Wednesday.

    The city has hired local attorney Luis Juarez to prepare a petition asking a judge to issue a ruling on the charter, which essentially serves as the city’s constitution.

  • Breaking new ground

    Amid pledges to make sure that area residents get their money’s worth, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and other city officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a $420,000 solid waste project that includes a major overhaul of the transfer station on Airport Road and the purchase of new dump trucks.

    “We are going to do things that should have been done many, many years ago,” Ortiz said.

    The mayor said citizens are financing a worthwhile, and essential project that will help the city do a better job of controlling litter.

  • Report points to city side

    The explosion that destroyed John Singletary’s  Church Street home and shook part of Old Town last month was caused by a leak in the city’s main natural gas line, according to reports from the state fire marshal’s office and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission’s Pipeline Safety Bureau.

  • Details emerge in body case

    The daughter of the 45-year-old woman whose remains were discovered in Mora County last month had reached out to authorities, reporting in late January that she hadn’t heard from her mother since before Christmas.

    State police aren’t saying much publicly about the death of Maxine Patsy Trujillo whose remains were found scattered between two properties in mid-February. But a state police search warrant affidavit filed in 4th Judicial District Court in Las Vegas last month sheds light on the case.

  • ‘Heroes’ luncheon honors service

    Robertson High School sophomore Katie Houdek needed to do a service project for her confirmation class, so she hosted a “Heroes Welcome Lunch” for city police and firefighters at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center on Tuesday.

    “Police and firemen do a lot for us, and they don’t get paid very much,” Houdek said, noting that they put their lives on the line every day.

    “So it’s good to appreciate them,” she said.

  • LV man beaten, severely injured

    Las Vegas Optic

    A 29-year-old Las Vegas man was beaten so severely this past weekend that he had to be airlifted to a Denver hospital.

    Chris Manzanares, who lives on Rita Drive, suffered severe head injuries from the attack, which happened at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday on the 700 block of Pecos Street, according to a city police report.

    The incident remains under investigation.

  • State cites LV transfer station

    The state Environment Department sprang a pop inspection on the city’s solid waste facility on Airport Road earlier this year, and the facility’s lackluster performance has Las Vegas officials working to address the handful of violations found.

  • Molten Metal

    Dozens of spectators took in the spectacular site of 2,200-degree metal heated for a performance casting demonstration on Thursday evening.

    The molten metal created dramatic effects of fire and movement. The demonstration was part of New Mexico Highlands University’s Iron Tribe, a biannual event featuring the work of U.S. and international iron artists in an exhibit in the university’s Burris Hall Gallery.

    The event, which has gained widespread reputation, was started by fine arts professor David Lobdell.