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  • 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.

     

  • 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.