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  • Code cops get barrage of calls

    For Las Vegas' code enforcement officers, advertising worked.

    During the summer, the city took out ads on local radio stations to ask residents to report code violations — tall weeds, inoperable cars, junk piles, water waste, and loose dogs and cats.

    Before the ads, the city, which moved code enforcement to the Police Department a few months ago, had the city divided into six sectors. The officers would patrol a different sector each day.

  • Official improving, daughter says

    City Councilman David Romero suffered a stroke last month, and he has yet to return to work.

    Now, residents are helping his family raise funds because Romero and his wife have been away from their jobs since the stroke. Romero is in rehabilitation in Albuquerque.

    “He’s doing great. He’s progressing very fast. He’s walking and talking,” his daughter, Sonia Romero, told the City Council last week.

    “We’re concerned for his health,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said.

  • Mentor of the Month: Teaching hands-on skills

    Shortly after graduating from Robertson High School in 1966, John Rudolph was sailing the seas aboard the USS Buchanan, a U.S. Navy-guided missile destroyer.

    As a third-class boatswains mate, he learned a lot about maintenance and keeping up the ship’s appearance.

    Rudolph’s first port of call was Hawaii, so coming from a landlocked state like New Mexico, he was able to see a good bit of the world.

  • Cop, councilman criticize judge

    A police officer’s frustrations with the Municipal Court bubbled to the surface during a meeting last week.

    City police Lt. Lawrence O’Connor said in a meeting with Bridge Street merchants that Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo involved “political BS” in some of his decisions. He said the judge is more lenient with people he knows.

  • Ex-teacher wants trial out of town

    The Las Vegas Optic’s coverage of a local story was the story in a Fourth Judicial District courtroom Friday.

    A former Robertson High School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student wants to move the trial out of town. During a hearing to change the venue the lawyer for Jay Quintana, Tom Clark, argued that the newspaper’s extensive coverage would taint the jury pool against his client.

    “You have a reporter here today, and this story will be contained in 5,100 newspapers going out to the general public,” Clark told the court.

  • Mayor's ball raises money

    The guests walked in on a red carpet on Saturday night, and a spotlight shone into the sky.

    No, it wasn’t an L.A. awards ceremony. It was the Mayor’s Charity Ball, part of Las Vegas’ 175th anniversary celebration.

    Hundreds showed up for the ball, which took place in the ballroom at Plaza Hotel.

  • Expert: Add effluent to water

    For the last few years, the city of Las Vegas has used its treated wastewater to irrigate city parks, Highlands University’s golf course and Robertson High School’s fields.

    Now, a consultant is suggesting the city look at sending the wastewater — known as effluent — to the water plant, treating it and putting it into the city’s drinking water supply.

    “If this isn’t publicly acceptable, it will be good to know that,” said Ron Mosher of Albuquerque-based Molzen-Corbin and Associates.

  • Crime hits Bridge Street area

    Merchants on Bridge Street are calling for action in response to a spate of crime in their area. Many say they are concerned about loitering youths.

    Last week, more than 40 people gathered at the Plaza Hotel for a meeting with Police Chief Gary Gold and other police officials. On the large conference table were dozens of photos showing evidence of graffiti, broken windows and other crimes.

    In a least one instance, a business’ window was broken in the middle of the day — an example of brazenness that the merchants say is becoming more common.

  • Robbery suspect nabbed after standoff

    After a four-hour standoff, Las Vegas police captured a man suspected of robbing a local convenience store.

    Nicholas Leyba, 23, 776 Dalbey Drive, was charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

  • 40-year Las Vegas Optic ex-employee dies

    Clarence Falvey, a printer who worked at the Las Vegas Optic for nearly a third of its 131-year history, died Tuesday.

    Falvey worked at the Optic from 1959 to 1999. That’s a long time for an employee at this newspaper; currently, the paper’s longest-serving employee, Michael Pacheco, has been here a dozen years.

    When Falvey began at the Optic, he initially worked with “hot type.” The type eventually turned cold, with the advent of “offset” printing, and at the same time, Falvey’s position rose, to mechanical superintendent.