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  • Ex-architect blamed for delay

    West Las Vegas officials are blaming the delay of an elementary school project on the district’s former architectural firm.

    They say the firm has been withholding documents that are critical to developing a master plan.

    West Las Vegas architect Antonio Ortega recently told the school board he met with new schools Superintendent Ruben Cordova and updated him on the district master plan, which his firm, Ortega, Romero and Rodriguez, has been working on since the beginning of the year. 

  • Meeting the people at water plant

    Without water, there would be no culture, society and economy. Our planet, like our bodies, is 70 percent water, and less than 3/100 of Earth’s water is fresh water, but current drinkable water supplies remain imperiled by pollution and increased demand.

    Today, fresh water is “the new gold of the future,” the team at our water treatment plant would suggest.

    These Las Vegans recall a time when winter snows and seasonal rains were aplenty, rivers always full, vegetation abundant. Migrating birds would land on marshes near Harris Road.

  • Police: DWI driver crashes; babies injured

    A man is accused of hitting another car while driving drunk, sending the occupants of the other car to the hospital.

    Around 11 p.m. July 8, Daniel Galindre, 19, 802 E. Roybal St., struck a car at Socorro and Romero streets, an intersection west of New Mexico Avenue, Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    A police officer was tipped off that Galindre had thrown glass objects out of his car. When the officer showed up, he found Corona bottles along the street nearby, Montaño said.

  • Man sentenced for dealing crack

    A Mora man has been sent to prison for seven years for dealing crack cocaine, authorities said.

    Emilio Romero, 22, was convicted of trafficking drugs and in a separate case, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, District Attorney Richard Flores said.

    Earlier this year, Mora officials were told about a missing girl. Through their investigation, they found that Romero may have had something to do with her. In pulling over the suspect, they discovered drugs, Flores said.

  • Hurricane: I never agreed to perform

    Al Hurricane, a popular northern New Mexico entertainer, was listed as a performer at Fiestas de Las Vegas.

    But he said last week that he had never agreed to do a gig at the annual Fourth of July weekend event. He said he had other events scheduled for that weekend.

    He had been listed as a performer during the afternoon of July 5 in the Optic’s Fiesta Guide. That booklet is dependent on information from the Fiesta Council.

  • Las Vegas woman celebrates 103rd birthday

    Rosita M. Gallegos is one of Las Vegas’ oldest residents.  

    She celebrated her 103rd birthday on June 26 with more than 50 family members and friends present.

    A party was held in her honor at Vida Encantada Rehab where she has resided for the past two years. Her actual birthday was June 29.  

    Many family members traveled from far away to be with the matriarch on her special day. Her room was filled with fresh roses  in honor of her nickname, Rose.

  • Fiesta queen told not to show up

    The 2009 Fiesta queen, Carmela Montoya, had been planning to take part in this year’s Fiestas de Las Vegas, as is the tradition.

    But two days before the festivities, which began July 2, Montoya was told not to bother. Last week, the Fiesta Council cut her promised scholarship in half, saying she didn’t keep her end of the bargain as queen.

    It’s just the latest in a string of controversies surrounding the Fiesta Council, whose president, Mathew Martinez, recently ousted six of the group’s 18 members.

  • Panel: Recycling improvements pushed

    The recycling area at the city’s transfer station is messy and isn’t customer friendly, a task force says.

    Recently, a six-member task force presented its findings and recommendations for the city’s recycling program.

    The panel stated in its report that the program has been unable to ensure that recyclable materials aren’t mixed with other things. It said that the collection site is isolated from the main office and isn’t monitored to ensure correct disposal.

  • Fries: Highlands long aware of problem

    Highlands University maintains that it has been aware of city natural gas overcharges for the last two years.

    The university disputed the argument from the city that no one at Highlands caught the jump in bills, so it was paid until around the beginning of the year.

    “The university was quite aware of the overcharge for the past two years and has been working with the city during that time to address the problem,” Highlands President Jim Fries said in an e-mail last week to the school’s employees.

  • Man arrested after fight over noise

    An Albuquerque man allegedly upset with nearby noise attacked two other men at Storrie Lake State Park, state police said.

    Phillip Medrano, 58, of Albuquerque was charged with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    State police were already headed to the park around 10:30 p.m. July 3 because of a noise complaint when they got word that a fight had taken place.