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  • Fire destroys area musician’s house

    A fire on Monday destroyed the home of well-known local musician Antonia Apodaca, the same place where she was born, her son said.

    Apodaca, who performs around the area with her accordion, was at her house around 11:30 a.m. Monday when high winds apparently broke off a stovepipe, causing the blaze.

    The 88-year-old fell trying to save some of her property, hitting her head, her son, Max Apodaca, said. She also reportedly suffered some smoke inhalation.

  • East official criticizes board

    Las Vegas City Schools Associate Superintendent LeeEtte Quintana says she got a rotten deal from the school board as she was left out of any discussions concerning the replacement of Superintendent Rick Romero.

    “I have not been treated with the dignity and respect that I deserve,” she said in an interview. 

    “I feel that I was disrespected by the board. I have dedicated much of my career and education to Las Vegas City Schools, not for anything more than to do good,” Quintana said.

  • Sauce for the Goose
  • City reverses decision on development

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved a west-side subdivision, reversing a decision from a year ago.

    The council did so on the advice of its attorney, who reported that District Court had sided with the developer, who had filed a lawsuit over last year’s rejection.

    In a public hearing in November 2009, some residents said they opposed the proposed four-lot subdivision of modular homes in the 2300 block of New Mexico Avenue because it would consist of low-income homes that would attract a “criminal element.”

  • Retired teacher runs for East board

    A retired educator plans to run for the Las Vegas City Schools board. Filing day for candidates is Tuesday.

    Gloria M. Lovato Pacheco, 52, a native of Watrous and a resident of Las Vegas for 36 years, is a retired Robertson High School special needs teacher and transition specialist.

    “I think the primary task and focus of a board member is to assist the greater community in taking ownership of its school system,” she said in a statement.

  • West superintendent: Don’t close any elementary schools

    West Las Vegas residents have made one thing clear: Don’t close any schools.

    That’s what West Las Vegas Superintendent Ruben Cordova recently reported to the school board.

    He said public hearings have been held as part of the district’s effort to draft a new master plan.

  • County delays wind decision

    By David Giuliani and Don Pace
    Las Vegas Optic

    The San Miguel County Commission put off a decision on a proposed law for wind farms Tuesday, after hearing public comment for much of the day.

    It will reconvene Monday.

    More than 100 people showed up in the commission’s chambers for the early-afternoon meeting on the county’s proposed wind ordinance. That was way more than the capacity of 67, so the county moved the meeting to the much larger Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • City seeks to get more kids at Fiestas

    The city of Las Vegas, which is organizing next year’s Fiestas de Las Vegas, wants to involve local merchants and attract more children to the annual event.

    Last month, the city took over the July event from the Fiesta Council, a nonprofit group that endured a number of high-profile controversies over the last few months.

    In recent times, the Fiesta Council hadn’t put out a public call for volunteers. Indeed, its president, Mathew Martinez, terminated six of the group’s 18 members in July, saying they were conspiring against him.

  • State police captain retiring

    The captain in charge of the state police stations in Las Vegas and Raton is retiring.

    Capt. Toby Dolan, who joined the state police in 1989, will officially retire on Dec. 31, but he has been taking vacation and sick leave since the beginning of the month.

    “It’s time for me to do something different and let someone else have the reins,” he said.

    Dolan said he had been “hit and miss” the last year and a half while he has suffered from a shoulder problem and he has cared for his father, Mike Dolan, who died in October.

  • Police: Clerk laughs; suspects get scared

    Two Las Vegas men accused of robbing a local convenience store reportedly got an unusual reaction from the victim.

    The clerk laughed.

    That’s because one of the suspects came in wielding a stick at the Sav-O-Mat, 502 University Ave. After the clerk laughed, Anthony Valdez, age unavailable, 518 Columbia, pulled out a knife, according to police.

    The other suspect, Timothy Solano, 31, 703 Socorro St., who allegedly held a knife, later told police that they then got scared and left the store, police said.