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  • Reservoir leaks seen as problem

    A city councilman said the leakages from the city’s Peterson reservoir are significant and that fixing such problems could help improve the city’s water situation.

    Councilman Andrew Feldman, who focuses on water issues, said that up to a quarter of the water taken off the Gallinas River is lost to leakage at Peterson reservoir. Additionally, silting in the Peterson and Bradner reservoirs has reduced the holding capacity of the reservoirs by 30 percent, he said. As such, both need to be dredged, he said.

  • Marquez favors police review board

    Mayor Tony Marquez said last week that he favors a police oversight board — an idea that some residents are pushing in light of alleged officer misconduct.

    Marquez said during a City Council meeting that he favors a board that would deal with police issues in a “fair and balanced manner,” adding that he would like to see counselors and social workers on the panel.

    The mayor said he became attracted to the idea when talking to other attendees during the recent annual conference of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials in Los Angeles.

  • Man hurts self, arrested at police station

    A Las Vegas man wanted to go home, but ended up injured on the parking lot of the police station, according to court documents.

    Las Vegas police said Thomas Lovato, 28, 803 Union St., was assaulting his girlfriend when she was driving him around 8 p.m. June 23. He refused to leave her car, so she decided to go to the Las Vegas Police Department to get help.

  • A Fiestas-fun weekend

    The theme of this year’s Fiestas de Las Vegas was “Our Traditions, Our Treasures.” One of the traditions is rain, and one of the treasures is the people’s will to come back when it clears up.

    Or at least most of them.

  • Gurul-Giron looks at run for mayor

    Tonita Gurulé-Giron, a  former state employee, said she plans to run either for mayor or City Council next year.

    Gur-ulé-Giron ran for mayor in 2008, coming in fourth of five candidates, with 14 percent of the vote. That year, longtime Councilman Tony Marquez beat Mayor Henry Sanchez for the top job. Marquez hasn’t announced his plans for next March’s municipal election.

  • Attack victim dies

    The Las Vegas native who was attacked while walking in his California neighborhood last month had died from his injuries.

    Euvaldo “Eddie” Sisneros, 79, was brutally beaten while walking near his home in Richmond Calif., which is in the San Francisco area.

    Sisneros had been hospitalized since he was attacked in the afternoon of June 16.

    Richmond police have arrested 21-year-old Michael Cordova Villalobos in the attack. Officers are asking prosecutors to charge Villalobos with murder, according to KTVU, an Oakland, Calif., station.

  • Survey: Most open to one district

    When it comes to combining the two local school districts, some politicians say it’ll never happen and it’s not an option.

    But a recent survey of residents shows that nearly 90 percent of respondents favor at least considering consolidation.

    The two Las Vegas municipalities combined in 1970, but the local school districts never followed suit.

  • Mora Co. to hold hearing on drilling

    For more than a year, a Mora County group has wanted their voices heard on the issue of possible oil and gas drilling.

    Next week, it’ll get its chance.

    The Mora County government is holding a public hearing from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Mora Elementary gym.

    “The aim of this meeting is to give people a chance to speak about their opinions on oil and gas,” County Manager John Garcia said.

    He said the county has invited members of the County Commission and the Planning and Zoning Committee to attend.

  • HU coach pulls power during event

    Youth and adult dancers from a local group had hoped to perform for another 45 minutes at the Relay for Life event last weekend.

    They were in their traditional outfits and ready to continue.

    But those involved said Highlands University’s head football coach, Chad Roanhaus, had other ideas.

    Just before the dancers were set to go on stage again, the coach pulled out their plug, which was connected inside the fieldhouse, and threw it outside, they said. He then locked the building.

  • East board backs superintendent

    The Las Vegas City Schools board says it has confidence in the district’s superintendent, despite the district attorney’s case against him.

    The board released a statement this week in response to parents who have publicly questioned why Superintendent Rick Romero hasn’t been placed on paid administrative leave or let go.