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  • Storm blamed for area crashes

    The snowstorm on Wednesday resulted in fender benders around town, but not as many as expected, Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said Thursday.

    He said people are apparently driving “pretty well.”

    “I’m not seeing it. I’m kind of leery when some people take things for granted and go faster than they should,” the chief said.

  • East school district 'overbuilt'

    With declining enrollment, the Las Vegas City Schools district is “overbuilt,” an architect said recently.

    Albuquerque architect Kevin Balsier carried thick binders into a City Schools board meeting containing a draft of the district’s master facilities plan that will cover the next five years.

    Balsier wasn’t breaking any news when he said enrollment has been declining for a number of years.

    “What that has led to, in some areas, is the school district being overbuilt,” Balsier said.

  • Luna official charged in fight

    Luna Community College Trustee Ambrose Castellano has been charged in an altercation that occurred during a football game in October.

    On Jan. 20, Highlands University police filed a petty misdemeanor charge of battery against Castellano, 37, in Magistrate Court.

    According to court documents, Castellano asked a youth during an Oct. 29 football game at Highland’ stadium if he had a problem with his son. The boy reportedly replied that he did and that he was going to beat up the son.

  • School moves up demolition list

    About six months ago, Sierra Vista Elementary was at No. 40 on a state list for demolition. The school building is now at number 14.

    Officials say a large part of that ranking is due to the condition of the roof. The school was built two decades ago.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said he recently spoke with an official at the state Public School Facilities Authority, who indicated that that ranking would go above 200 once the roof was fixed.

  • Write-in candidate protests City Hall's election procedure

    Write-in mayoral candidate Patrick Romero is protesting the city’s decision not to allow him on the ballot for the March 2 municipal election.

    Romero, a Las Vegas City Schools board member, filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in state District Court.

    Romero’s court filing names as defendants both the city and City Clerk Casandra Fresquez.

  • County to keep road open after all

    The San Miguel County Commission reversed itself Monday, deciding to keep open a road in the Valley.

    The family of Daniel Garcia had asked that the commission close a one-mile portion of B41-E, which is  near El Pueblo.

    After a hearing in October, the commission unanimously granted that request, in spite of nearby residents who contended they needed the road for access.

    Those residents appealed that decision, arguing that some hadn’t received notice about the issue from the county.

  • HU president wants national figure to speak

    Highlands University President Jim Fries says he wanted a national figure to give the keynote address at this year’s graduation.

    Fries said Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic on the high court, would be a good choice.

    “No offense, but it shouldn’t always be a politician,” Fries said.

  • West district eyes pay cuts

    The West Las Vegas school district is considering pay cuts for employees and the administration.

    At a recent school board meeting, West Superintendent Jim Abreu said he and Business Manager Dawn Biagianti had been looking at ideas to save money.

    “We are considering a 2 percent reduction in pay for staff and 3 percent for the administration, which could potentially save us $175,000. The second thing, suspend all unnecessary new expenditures in the operational fund until the end of the year,” Abreu said. “That  would save about $300,000.”

  • Police deploy Taser in pursuit of suspect

    A  man who tried to confuse state police officers about his identity was arrested after he attempted to get away from them, officials said.

    Luis Sanchez, 21, of Sapello was the passenger in a red Camero when officers stopped him and the driver, Rudy Sanchez, 20, also of Sapello, around 5 a.m. Jan. 19, according to reports.

    State police recognized Rudy Sanchez, the driver, but they weren’t sure who the passenger was. The passenger gave the name of Marco Romo, but state police couldn’t find anyone with that name in their system.

  • Man accused of beating up wife

    A man was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly beat up his wife and threatened her with death.

    Ruben D. Gallegos, 47, 950 La Gunita Road, was charged with aggravated battery against a household member, aggravated assault, abuse of a child, false imprisonment and interference with communications.

    According to a criminal complaint, Gallegos packed his bags and said he was leaving his wife on Jan. 17. But he returned intoxicated around 5 a.m. the next day, saying it was his house and that he wanted her out. He reportedly ordered her not to take their son.