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  • KFUN planning development

    The owners of KFUN radio station have plans for a major development on their land.

    Last week, the City Council unanimously ap-proved zoning changes to help make Joseph and Loretta Baca’s plans a reality.

    They hope for a 50-room hotel, a restaurant, a convenience store, a visitors center and a gated community that will include single-family housing and assisted living developments.

    The Bacas have dreamed about a development for a long time on KFUN Hill. They were helped along when Joseph Baca won a $1 million Powerball ticket in 2008.

  • Lujan visits Vegas, talks about economic issues

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., was in Las Vegas Sunday to participate in a Christmas gift distribution at the Plaza Hotel, followed by a discussion on job creation and economic development at Kennedy Hall.

    Lujan thanked Plaza’s Troy Denison, Las Vegas Motorcycle Rally members and Big Brothers-Big Sisters for their contributions to the children of Las Vegas as they handed out more than $3,600 in gifts to kids. The money came from the auction of Christmas trees.

  • City, county differ on ETZ

    A quarter century ago, the city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County signed an agreement for the regulation of areas just outside city limits.

    But it’s never been followed to the letter.

    Last month, Alex Aragon, the chairman of the city Planning and Zoning Commission, sent a letter to the city inquiring about the city and county’s roles in regulating the extra-territorial zone, an irregular buffer zone around the city.

  • Chamber under scrutiny

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce has come under increasing criticism over the last couple of weeks.

    This is in the wake of the controversial firing of Vince Howell as the marketing coordinator in November.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Councilman Andrew Feldman suggested the city conduct a performance and fiscal audit of the chamber because the city gives money to the group. He said the chamber was suffering from “serious problems,” although he didn’t say what they were.

  • Clear sidewalks, city says

    The city of Las Vegas is asking that people clear their sidewalks after snowstorms.

    A city ordinance makes it unlawful for tenants or owners of properties to allow any snow or ice to remain on a sidewalk next to a property for longer than 24 hours after snow has fallen or ice has formed.

    City code enforcement officers said they plan to focus on commercial districts and areas near schools. They start by issuing warnings; subsequent violations may result in tickets.

  • Las Vegas' annual report costs thousands

    Las Vegas city officials wanted to get the word out about its accomplishments over the last year, and it did so in an annual report released last month.

    The cost to taxpayers: $5,900.

    That’s a cost at least one city councilman and a mayoral candidate are questioning.

    The city mailed out the 16-page, glossy booklet to residents, its production costing $4,652 and postage $1,255.

  • Alta Vista bans smoking inside and out

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is going tobacco-free on Jan. 1.  

    After this time, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted — inside or outside — on hospital property and hospital-owned clinics. This initiative will include the elimination of designated areas outside Alta Vista where employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products.  

  • City gets interim finance director

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved Pamela Marrujo, the customer service manager in the utilities department, as the interim finance director.

    Marrujo was sworn in as her family watched.

    Tana Vega, the deputy finance director, has been serving as the interim director since Abran Romero resigned in September. Vega was hired as deputy director earlier this year; she worked with City Manager Timothy Dodge when he was manager in Santa Rosa.

  • Woman convicted in killing

    A woman accused of stabbing a man to death was found guilty Friday of voluntary manslaughter.

    A nine-woman, three-man jury produced its verdict against Bernadette Sanchez, 36, after less than an hour of deliberations. She was also found guilty of tampering with evidence.

    During the four-day trial, the defense tried to show that Sanchez stabbed Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36, because he came into her house and attacked her friend, Elizabeth Martin.

  • Luna policy for trades criticized

    Luna Community College contends it is accommodating vocational students who are pursuing hobbies, not degrees or certifications.

    But Kirk Ludi, one of those students, doesn’t believe that to be the case. Instead, hobbyists are getting the shaft, he said.

    Ludi, a West Las Vegas High School teacher, has been an automotive student at Luna for four years. He takes both automotive maintenance and collision repair.