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  • 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.

     

  • PNM to talk about proposed rate hike

    PNM plans to talk about its proposed rate increase with local customers.

    The discussion will take place 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Sala de Madrid Room, 801 University Ave., on the Highlands University campus.

    “Nobody likes a rate increase, and we hate asking for one. It is important for our customers to understand what is at stake for them,” said Ron Darnell, PNM vice president of regulatory affairs.

    A PNM presentation will cover what the rate increase pays for, why the company is asking for an increase now and how an increase could affect customer bills.

  • Chamber spends more with KFUN

    The local chamber of commerce is spending less of its city funds with its leader’s radio stations than with his local rival.

    Matt Martinez, the president of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, is also the manager of KNMX, KMDZ and KBQL.

    In recent months, City Councilman Andrew Feldman has questioned whether the chamber should be investing any city money into advertising with Martinez’s stations as long as Martinez stays as president. Feldman has called such an arrangement a conflict of interest.

  • Board wants to close Union

    The West Las Vegas school board tentatively decided last week to move the district’s alternative Family Partnership School into what is now Union Elementary. 

    At a special meeting, the board was unanimous in its decision, overruling a recommendation by the district’s superintendent and architect.

    For years, Union has gained statewide recognition for academic achievement. Its reading and math proficiency scores are the highest in the area.

  • Public can talk to East board about tax hike

    The Las Vegas City Schools board is expected to get the public’s feedback on the unexpected property tax increase at its work session on Thursday.

    The board found out about the tax increase last month. Property owners will see a 30 percent hike in their property tax bills, which will come out in November. A resident who paid $1,500 in taxes in 2009 will pay nearly $2,000 this year.

  • Forum set for state rep candidates

    A forum for the two candidates for District 70 state representative is set for Thursday.

    The event will be 6-8 p.m. in the lecture hall at Memorial Middle School.

    The candidates are the incumbent, Democrat Richard Vigil, and Republican Mel Root. Travis Regensberg had filed as an independent candidate, but the secretary of state determined that he didn’t have enough petition signatures.

    Vigil, who has served since 1999, ran against Root in 2008, prevailing with 70 percent of the vote.

  • State police arrest repeat DWI offender

    The state police last week arrested a man on a charge of DWI on Legion Drive, an area where the agency has been increasingly targeting drunken drivers.

    Juan Torres, 29, of Wagon Mound was charged with aggravated DWI, having no insurance and driving without a license plate light. It was his fifth DWI offense, police said.

  • Officers union upset with city

    The Las Vegas police officers union has filed a complaint that the city hasn’t been negotiating in good faith.

    Since May 2009, the city and the union, the Las Vegas Police Officers Association, has been in talks about a new contract.

    The last contract expired June 30, 2009, but remains in force until the sides reach a successor agreement.