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  • City explains taste problem with water

    The city’s top water official last week acknowledged a taste problem with the city’s water. But he said it didn’t pose a danger to public health.


    Utilities Director Ken Garcia said the city had looked into the problem and tracked it to compounds related to algae in reservoirs and the Gallinas River.


    “Those compounds don’t present a health threat to drinking water. Our taste buds are very sensitive to them. That’s why you have a musty taste in the water,” he said.

  • 12 nabbed in warrant roundup

    Authorities arrested eight residents last week in connection with a two-month drug enforcement operation.
    On Thursday morning, members of the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force — a collection of area law enforcement agencies — launched a warrant roundup for the eight drug suspects.
    Another four were nabbed on other charges.
    Nearly all of the arrests were made in Las Vegas.
    According to a press release, the operation — called T-Bow — will impact and disrupt the flow of drugs in northeastern New Mexico for some time.

  • West says it wants parents’ feedback, but it’s not getting much

    The West Las Vegas district is seeking parents’ opinion on the quality of their children’s education. But the superintendent is disappointed about the lack of participation.


    “The participation has been very, very low. If you look at some of the numbers of parents who have responded to the state-mandated survey, in some cases it is two or three people from a school site,” Cordova said during last week’s school board meeting.

  • East superintendent suspended

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has placed Superintendent Rick Romero on leave for seven days because of a violation of the district’s computer-use policy, the school board chairman said this week.


    Chairman Ramon “Swoops” Montaño said the board decided on that discipline after a closed session Tuesday night. He said the complaint about the violation came from a school employee, who reported it about two weeks ago.


    Associate Superintendent LeeEtte Quintina will be in charge of the district in Romero’s absence.

  • Councilors oust Fiesta organizers

    The city of Las Vegas plans to take over Fiestas de Las Vegas.
    On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously to set up a city committee to run the annual July 4 weekend event.


    An independent group, the Fiesta Council, has been organizing the festivities for a number of years. But in recent months, the group has been embroiled in controversies over finances and a public battle with the former Fiesta queen, among other issues.

  • Board leader to leave soon

    Las Vegas City Schools board President Ramon “Swoops” Montaño dropped a bombshell at Tuesday’s board meeting, telling fellow members he would be leaving his post before the February election.


    “I will step down from my position on the board of education in December. Being away from my four kids, who live in Rio Rancho, has become too much of a burden,” Montaño said.

  • Does Las Vegas have a new constitution? Officials won’t say

    Fifty-six percent of Las Vegas voters approved a new city charter in March, but that doesn’t mean the city is ready to accept it.


    The charter, which acts as a constitution for the city, would give mayors four-year terms, instead of two, and set up runoff elections to ensure that mayoral and City Council winners get at least 50 percent of the vote.


    It would also limit mayors’ and council members’ pay to $10,000 a year.

  • Study: Too reliant on government

    San Miguel County is far too dependent on government employment, a new report says.

    “While, by most standards, these are good jobs, the problem is that the county has little history of private job creation and may find it difficult to respond to what are almost certainly very different economic conditions in the future,” wrote Jeffrey Mitchell of the University of New Mexico’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

    Las Vegas’ biggest employers are the state hospital and Highlands University.

  • Mora sheriff crashes squad car

    Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova has quit his other job as a Valencia County sheriff’s deputy after crashing his squad car and then refusing to take a breath-alcohol test, an Albuquerque TV station reported.

    Cordova, who was hired in September in Valencia County, has continued to collect his full paycheck in Mora County, even though he has been working part time.

    KRQE reported Monday that Cordova, who lost his bid for re-election, hit a guardrail while on patrol Sunday. The crash caused minimal damage.

  • AG chides officials on public records

    The Las Vegas Police Department appears to have violated the state’s public records law by failing to respond promptly to a request for a police report on a fire, the state attorney general’s office says.

    On Nov. 3, 2008, resident Shaun McEllin filed a request to inspect public records in relation to a car fire at Mike’s Body and Paint, 513 Railroad Ave., which happened two days before.