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  • Sapello neighbors help rebuild man's house

    Jackson Rodgers saw his home severely damaged in a fire over the weekend, but he says his neighbors have come through for him.

    He woke up smelling the smoke from the fire around 4:30 a.m. last Saturday in the Sapello area. The blaze damaged about a third of the house, mostly in the living room and the bedroom, he said.

    But Rodgers said a half-dozen families have helped him “pretty much put back together” the house.

  • Pipes burst at new dorms

    A problem with the fire sprinkler system in Highlands University’s new dorms has prompted the school to temporarily move 52 students.

    On Dec. 28, a campus security officer noticed that pipes in the sprinkler system had burst, causing damage to some of the dorm rooms, Highlands spokesman Sean Weaver said.

    The trigger in the sprinkler system malfunctioned, so some of the pipes filled up with water, then bursting when they froze, he said.

  • RHS has alarm problems

    Robertson High School has been having some trouble with its fire alarm system.

    On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, the alarm went off, but officials quickly told students they were false and not to leave. In one case, the alarm went off for a while, prompting some students to block their ears to muffle the noise.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said the district has contacted an electrical contractor to fix the problem.

  • Voters to decide on charter

    Now Las Vegas voters will decide on a new constitution for the city government.

    On Wednesday, the City Council voted 3-1 to present a proposed city charter to voters in the March 2 municipal election.

    The council approved the proposed charter drafted by the Charter Commission, whose 11 members were appointed by the mayor, the council and the municipal judge.

    Over the last two months, the council twice rejected the proposed charter because a majority of members didn’t like the provision for runoff elections.

  • Alfonso Ortiz: Likely new mayor

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz will be the only candidate for Las Vegas mayor in the March election.

    It’s the first time in recent memory that a non-incumbent has run unopposed for the city’s top spot. Another rarity is that no city incumbents are running for re-election.

    Filing day for municipal candidates was Tuesday.

    In December, Ortiz, 69, who served as a councilman in the 1970s and 1980s, announced that he would run for mayor.

  • Wood company 'alive and well'

    A year ago, Las Vegas-based Old Wood was experiencing tough times, as were many businesses.

    Now, David Old, the company’s owner, reports that his business is “alive and well.” Old Wood is expected to have up to 15 employees within the next couple of weeks, many of whom have been hired in recent days, he said.

  • Las Vegas man dies in crash

    A Las Vegas man died when a car struck him while he was riding a motorcycle early Sunday evening.

    Joseph Roybal, 42, San Miguel County’s crusher facility foreman, was pronounced dead at the site of the accident at Seventh Street and Legion Drive. The crash happened around 4:30 p.m.

    According to police, Richard Vigil, 25, was headed south on Seventh in a SUV when he turned left onto Legion. In so doing, he struck the Roybal’s motorcycle. Roybal hit the side of Vigil’s car and became trapped underneath the vehicle, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

  • Mortimer Hall to make way for center

    Mortimer Hall on the Highlands University campus is being demolished to make way for the university’s new student center that will be built at the northwest corner of National Avenue and Eighth Street.

    The building was named after Harold Mortimer. He was called Monte by his friends and was a prominent local medical doctor who delivered many of the city's newborns.

    He was one of the men who ruled Las Vegas in the 1940s and 1950s, serving as chairman of Highlands’ Board of Regents.

  • TUESDAY ONLINE STORY: Only one candidate for mayor

    San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz is the only candidate for Las Vegas mayor in the March 2 municipal election.

    Tuesday was filing day for candidates.

    Running for the Ward 1 City Council seat is former longtime Councilman Macario Gonzalez, who is facing Bruce McAllister, Roland Medrano and Tonita Gurule-Giron. The current councilman is Morris Madrid, who decided not to run for another term.

  • Stores cited for selling to minors

    Four Las Vegas businesses have received administrative citations and felony referrals for allegedly selling liquor to minors.

    State police Lt. Eric Garcia, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said that as part of Operation Holiday Cheer, 19- and 20-year-olds were sent into businesses attempting to buy alcoholic beverages. Thirty-one businesses in Las Vegas were checked, only four allegedly sold to the minors.

    Owners of the four businesses, Ray’s Liquor, the 77 Liquor, Pino’s restaurant and K-Bob’s, declined to comment.