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  • Man gets his 10th DWI, police say

    A Las Vegas man has been arrested for his 10th DWI offense, state police said.


    John Coca, 48, 2223 New Mexico Ave., was charged with aggravated DWI, driving with a suspended or revoked license, speeding and not driving within a single lane.

  • Pot user keeps his subsidy

    By David Giuliani
    Las Vegas resident Robert Jones will keep his housing subsidy after all.


    On Wednesday, the San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously to rescind an administrator’s previous decision to end the subsidy for Jones, a licensed medical marijuana user.


    Last month, Gilbert Almanza, the then-director of the county housing authority, sent Jones, 70, a letter informing him that he would lose his subsidy Nov. 30 because of his marijuana use.

  • Group seeks informed candidates

    A local group wants school board candidates in February’s election to prepare themselves for the issues at hand.


    Earlier this week, the Community Committee for Better Schools held a workshop for potential candidates. Two dozen people attended; some, including Las Vegas resident Patrick Alarid, acknowledged they were considering running for school board.

  • East denies request for jump drive

    The Las Vegas City Schools has denied the Las Vegas Optic’s request to examine materials that may have led to the suspension of Superintendent Rick Romero.


    Last week, the superintendent was placed on a seven-day suspension in connection with a violation of the district’s computer-use policy.


    On Tuesday, the Optic requested to look at a jump drive that allegedly contains materials that could have resulted in the superintendent’s suspension. A jump drive is a tiny data storage device.

  • Councilor needles city officials

    Some former Las Vegas mayors would envy the majority support Mayor Alfonso Ortiz gets from the City Council.


    For his administration’s initiatives, Ortiz has enjoyed the backing of council members Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman. Another council member, David Romero, has missed meetings for months as he recovers from a stroke.


    Then there’s Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron, who represents northwest Las Vegas’ Ward 1.


    She has been a thorn in the side of Ortiz, needling his administration with questions.

  • Utilities director to keep job

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia, who recently pleaded guilty to a felony assault charge, is apparently safe in his job.


    Earlier this month, Garcia, 45, entered a plea agreement in which he admitted to the fourth-degree felony of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


    But he wasn’t convicted. Rather, he received a conditional discharge. So if he follows the law for the next 18 months of his supervised probation, the charge will be dismissed.

  • Two arrested in gate dispute

    A dispute over a ranch gate has resulted in charges against two Mora County men.


    According to Magistrate Court documents, a man reported that he got into an altercation about whether to close the gate at the ranch.


    Roberto Campos, 62, was charged with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, and Ernie Campos, 59, with aggravated assault, a fourth-degree felony.

  • Crews clean Grand Ave. property

    City crews started Friday to fill the giant hole where the Center Block building once stood.


    City officials said Bob Dalton, the property’s owner and a frequent alleged code violator, hadn’t complied with a city ordinance in cleaning up the property.


    Early Friday morning, city employees working tractors and dump trucks put dirt into the hole. A black cat crossed the land, seemingly undisturbed by the activity.

  • Native Americans showcase talent

    The audience stood as Lynnelle Logan sang the National Anthem. The familiar opening notes began. Then something quite unexpected happened as Logan sang in her native Navajo tongue.


    Thomasinia Ortiz-Gallegos acted as mistress of ceremonies, introducing Highlands graduate and former Ramah Navajo Queen Nikki Begay for the opening prayer.