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  • State police make DWI arrests

    The state police have arrested one man after he crashed into a house while drunk and two others with driving under the influence of marijuana, according to court records.  


    Dennis G. Chiodini Jr., 37, of Las Vegas was charged with DWI, reckless driving and criminal damage to property.


    On Oct. 28, a state police officer went to a house off of U.S. Highway 84 in San Miguel County because of a report that Chiodini was hitting his father.

  • Ex-Mayor Tony Marquez dies

    Former Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez, the city’s youngest mayor in recent times, died Friday after battling a rare form of cancer for the last couple of months. He was 43.


    Marquez served as mayor for one two-year term, leaving office in early March. Before that, he served as a city councilman from the eastside Ward 3 for more than a dozen years.


    Last week, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz had planned to go on the radio on Monday to proclaim Wednesday as Tony Marquez Day in Las Vegas. He said Saturday that he would still do so.

  • Mora officials wanted sheriff to quit other job

    The Mora County Commission quietly took a stand against Sheriff Roy Cordova’s moonlighting earlier this month.


    The commission had its attorney, John Grubesic, write a letter to the sheriff, who took a job in September as a sheriff’s deputy in Valencia County, which is 2 1/2 hours away from Mora.


    Grubesic said the commission instructed Cordova to resign his Valencia County job.

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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.