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  • West students to compete in D.C.

    A little-known after-school club at West Middle School called Business Professionals of America burst onto the scene five years ago, and its participants have since won state and national attention at competitions in Albuquerque and New York City.

    This year, 30 West Middle School students brought home state titles, and they’re now gearing up to compete at the national level. West High School is sending 10 state champions to nationals. Valley Middle School, which just started its chapter this year, is sending five students.

  • Senate panel passes capital projects bill

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lawmakers are proposing to finance $240 million in capital improvements across New Mexico, including $15 million for projects needed for Native American water rights settlements.

    The Senate Finance Committee approved the measure on Monday, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.

  • $809,000 sidewalk project under way

    Anyone who has driven down Seventh Street between Mills Avenue and Lee Drive recently knows that the frustrating orange cones have made their return to Las Vegas.
    Crews are working on an $809,000 curb and sidewalk project.

    The project, which started about a week and a half ago, is expected to  be completed by late April or early May, said Kenny Lujan, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation’s District 4 office.

    Lujan is cautioning motorists to drive carefully in the area.

  • LV man jailed for weekend stabbing

    Las Vegas police arrested a 49-year-old man after he allegedly stabbed someone Saturday night.

    Jerry Cordova, of the 1300 block of Keen Street, has been charged with aggravated battery and tampering with evidence. Magistrate Philip Romero set his bond at $10,000 cash.

    According to a statement of probable cause filed Monday in Magistrate Court, the victim, Leroy Vigil, walked into the Las Vegas Police Department at about 10 p.m. Saturday and reported that he had been stabbed on the left side of his stomach.

  • Tire dump angers land official

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Officials at the State Land Office have been busy reviewing records and charting a legal strategy as they consider what to do about a massive tire dump that stretches through a remote arroyo in northeastern New Mexico.

    Land Commissioner Ray Powell said his office expects to have a plan in place soon for dealing with the thousands of tires that are filling the dry wash. Powell was alerted to the tire dump by Albuquerque television station KRQE.

  • Westminster Winner

    Former Las Vegas resident Amber Sena is getting national exposure after winning the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Art Competition.

    Now a resident of Brooklyn, Sena created the winning art that was featured at the 135-year-old competition held last month. The charcoal and pastel piece is titled “Canon of Canine.”

    “I’m just a small-town girl from Vegas who happened to have something exciting happen recently,” said Sena, a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University and Robertson High School.

  • City charter remains in question

    One year after a majority of voters signed off on a new charter for the city of Las Vegas, its validity remains up in the air.

    And with the new charter scheduled to take effect in a year, the mayor and city attorney are hoping to get the issue resolved once and for all.

    The City Council is slated to take up the issue publicly at its meeting this Wednesday.

    The city has hired local attorney Luis Juarez to prepare a petition asking a judge to issue a ruling on the charter, which essentially serves as the city’s constitution.

  • Breaking new ground

    Amid pledges to make sure that area residents get their money’s worth, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and other city officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for a $420,000 solid waste project that includes a major overhaul of the transfer station on Airport Road and the purchase of new dump trucks.

    “We are going to do things that should have been done many, many years ago,” Ortiz said.

    The mayor said citizens are financing a worthwhile, and essential project that will help the city do a better job of controlling litter.

  • Report points to city side

    The explosion that destroyed John Singletary’s  Church Street home and shook part of Old Town last month was caused by a leak in the city’s main natural gas line, according to reports from the state fire marshal’s office and the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission’s Pipeline Safety Bureau.

  • Details emerge in body case

    The daughter of the 45-year-old woman whose remains were discovered in Mora County last month had reached out to authorities, reporting in late January that she hadn’t heard from her mother since before Christmas.

    State police aren’t saying much publicly about the death of Maxine Patsy Trujillo whose remains were found scattered between two properties in mid-February. But a state police search warrant affidavit filed in 4th Judicial District Court in Las Vegas last month sheds light on the case.