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  • Chainsaw taken from fire truck

    A chainsaw valued at $1,200 was stolen from a Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department truck between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28 in front of K-Bobs restaurant on Seventh Street, an official said.

    Fire Lt. Lorenzo Montoya said the crew had been battling a fire near La Morada, which had started on Thanksgiving Day and had returned from putting out hot spots to eat dinner. He said the Fire Department will not press charges if the chainsaw is returned. He asks that anyone with information about this theft call 425-6171.

    Montoya said the La Morada fire was successfully contained.

  • Snowstorm hits Las Vegas

    More than six inches of snow fell on Las Vegas Monday night, and fierce winds reduced visibility and caused drifting Tuesday.

    Both local school districts closed for the day on Tuesday and are on two-hour delay today.

    The County Commission held its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, with Alta Vista Regional Hospital's administrator taking questions from the panel on why the hospital hasn't started negotiating with its union.

  • ONLINE UPDATE: Schools to have two-hour delay Wednesday

    Both the East and West school districts will be starting two hours late Wednesday as a result of Tuesday's snowstorm.

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu confirmed the delayed opening, saying the two districts like to work together in making such decisions.

    Schools were closed Tuesday because of the storm.

    The West Las Vegas board met Tuesday night, but it limited its meeting agenda to just one item. All the other issues will be addressed at a special meeting next week.

     

     

  • City to give money for shelter

    The local group providing shelter for the homeless will get some help from the city.

    Last week, the City Council voted unanimously to give $10,000 to Samaritan House while officials work with the group on a long-term solution.

    Earlier in the year, Mayor Tony Marquez had appointed council members Andrew Feldman and Morris Madrid to a homelessness task force. Madrid noted that he hadn’t done a “lick of work” on the task force and asked that Feldman, who has been involved in the process, to make the motion for the funding. Feldman did just that.

  • Woman has baby on Interstate 25

    Las Vegan Patrick Gallegos was speeding 95 mph on the highway early Saturday morning. And a state police officer was chasing him.

    But he said he had a good reason for going so fast: His wife, Candelaria, was having a baby.

    The two of them had gone to Albuquerque on Friday to shop for Christmas presents. “My wife was walking around a lot that day,” he said.

    They returned to Las Vegas around 11 p.m. and three hours later, Candelaria started having contractions.

  • Panel OKs 46-lot plan

    A city panel has given its preliminary approval of a housing development just north of Las Vegas, one that would exclude mobile homes and regulate architectural styles.

    Now the proposal will go to the City Council.

    This week, the city Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a 46-lot subdivision with lots ranging from three-fourths of an acre to 10 acres.

    The commission discussed the proposal during two meetings over the last couple of months.

  • City works to replace damaged rollout containers

    The city is expecting to have more reports of damaged rollout containers in the coming years.

    That’s because many of the rollouts have been around nine years, and their life expectancy is six.

    “With time, they get frail,” said Alvin Jiron, manager of the city’s solid waste department. “The lids break off; that’s the first thing to go.”

    A couple of weeks ago, the city received a shipment of 100 new containers. By Monday, 30 had already been sent to households needing them.

  • State hospital's second in command dies at 60

    Anthony Martinez, the second in command at the state hospital, died last week. He was 60.

    Martinez, a Tucumcari native, died from complications of H1N1 flu, said Troy Jones, administrator of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

    Martinez, who died Nov. 25, started with the hospital in 2001 and became clinical director the next year.

  • West debates use of volunteers

    Some West Las Vegas school board members argue that volunteers are needed for athletic programs, while others worry that they have become too influential and overbearing.

    The board members debated the issue before they approved the athletic department’s handbook at a recent meeting.

    Chairwoman Christine Ludi said she was hearing from parents that they were being excluded from volunteering their time.

    “For us to say you’re not worthy enough to volunteer to help with our athletic programs or in the classroom is ridiculous,” Ludi said.

  • City eyes housing needs

    The city has been talking with developers about the possibility of building new public housing, officials said last week.

    But they said no company will get any kind of advantage in the process.

    Three years ago, the city demolished the housing at the old public development along Mills Avenue. Officials have long planned to replace that housing.