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  • Most want more movies in Vegas

    An overwhelming majority of Las Vegans would like to see more movies filmed in Las Vegas, a city survey says.

    The Las Vegas Film Commission was appointed by the mayor and the City Council, and shortly after, a survey was done by the commission and prepared by Highlands University’s marketing department.  

  • City may set up Fiestas committee

    The Las Vegas City Council will consider a resolution to set up a city committee for the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas.

    Under the resolution, the city would invite current and past Fiestas volunteers to take part on the new committee. The city noted in the resolution that the Fiestas take  place on city property.

    The resolution is the recommendation of City Manager Timothy Dodge. The council will take up the matter at its regular meeting tonight.

    As it stands, the independent Fiesta Council runs the annual event, which takes place around the Fourth of July.

  • Meeting on wind turbines canceled

    The San Miguel County Commission was planning to discuss its proposed wind turbine ordinance Tuesday.

    But the meeting was canceled because some of the commissioners couldn’t attend.

    The  commission will now discuss the issue during its regular meeting at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, in its chambers in the old County Courthouse.

    Specifically, the commission had planned to address the idea of having buffer zones around the Pecos and Gallinas river valleys to keep out wind turbines and other industrial development.

  • 2 charged with taking from HELP

    Two area residents are accused of taking money from a nonprofit program and one of its clients.  

    Monica Lopez, 37, of Sapello and Antonio Padilla, 33, 711 Legion Drive, were charged this week with taking $3,000 from HELP-New Mexico, a group that helps the disadvantaged and has an office in Las Vegas.

    Lopez is a former caseworker for HELP but reportedly resigned when her supervisor started investigating the missing money. Padilla, son of County Commissioner-elect Arthur Padilla, is a lieutenant at the county’s detention center.

  • Regensberg not a candidate for area's state representative

    Travis Regensberg filed his candidacy for the District 70 state representative position in June, but the secretary of state declined to certify it.

    He said he collected 168 signatures — a process he said took three hours — for his nominating petition and turned in the petition to the secretary of state’s office on June 2, the day after the Democratic and Republican primaries.

  • Teens say they feel unwelcome

    Alizandra Lopez says she and other teens want respect from police officers and merchants in the Bridge Street and Plaza areas.

    “Sometimes we feel like they don’t want us here,” she said.

    Lopez reflected the feelings of many youths who attended a meeting Tuesday at the Blackbird Gallery on Bridge Street.

    The event was organized by gallery owner David Lovato, who said he wanted teens to know that they were welcome in the area. He brought in pizza for the meeting’s participants.

  • Sheriff investigating release of inmate

    The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Department is investigating County Manager Les Montoya’s role in the release of an inmate over the weekend.

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil, who has differed with Montoya on a number of issues, confirmed the inquiry, but he said he wouldn’t release any details until he finished it.

  • District judge maintains joint custody terms, for now

    The attorney for a state police officer under investigation in an altercation with his former girlfriend last week asked a judge on Monday to transfer full custody of the pair’s child to the officer.

    But state District Judge Abigail Aragon decided to keep the joint custody terms in place until a surveillance tape that captured the fight is made available.

  • Residents wonder about colored water

    Some city residents have noticed rusty-colored water with a slight odor in recent weeks. But a city official says it isn’t health-threatening.

    The Optic has received calls from a number of water customers concerned about their water quality.

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman said some of his constituents have called him about the problem. He said anytime that the city works on the pipeline system, that will release some accumulated sediments into the system.

    “It’s a visual thing,” he said.

  • City unable to get water from Storrie

    Storrie Lake serves as a backup for storage of city water, but that doesn’t mean much now.

    In late July, a flood caused damage to the pipeline connecting Storrie to the city’s water plant.

    That’s not a big issue now because the city’s two main reservoirs, Peterson and Bradner, are filled up. But it could become critical if Las Vegas were in a drought.