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  • Famous scientist visits Las Vegas

    Ushered into the United World College auditorium by youngsters wielding a huge cloth “Peace Dove,” London-born Jane Goodall, world-renowned ethologist  and primatologist, was greeted with a standing ovation by the overflow crowd.

    Goodall immediately charmed the group with her own greeting — the rising cadence of  “OO-OO-OO-OO-OO” — recognizable as the sound of chimpanzee salutation.

  • West board member: I was 'blindsided'

    A West Las Vegas school board member said Thursday she was “blindsided” by the district's music director, Arenell David Arellanes, who took swipes against politicians in announcing that he was leaving for a new job.

    Arellanes, who was recently recognized as the National Music Educator of the Year by the National Association of High Schools, has signed a contract with Albuquerque’s Sandia Prep for next school year.

  • Mayor: Rate hikes possible

    Looking to keep taxes and fees the same? That’s probably not realistic, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz says.

    At Wed-nesday’s City Council meeting, Ortiz said the city’s utilities departments had many needs, so he warned residents that the city may have to ask them to pay more.

    “Rates if anything are going to go up, not down. We need to pay for improvements,” the mayor said.

    He said the state and federal governments are in dire financial situations, so the city may have to absorb many costs itself, rather than relying on outside grants.

  • Las Vegans lose weight in challenge

    Las Vegans shed well more than 100 pounds in body fat in the recent Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, officials said.

    The staff from the city’s recreation center presented the winners of the challenge on Wednesday. Mayor Alfonso Ortiz noted that the challenge began under his predecessor, Tony Marquez.

    “I’m not the fittest, but I’m holding my own,” the new mayor said.

    A total of 225 people signed up to take part in the challenge, more than in previous ones.

  • Where does county official live?

    June Garcia is running for re-election to the San Miguel County Commission. But some wonder if she, in fact, lives in this county.

    Documents from the Sandoval County’s assessor’s office show that Garcia’s husband and predecessor, LeRoy Garcia, got a head-of-household exemption for their Rio Rancho home late last month. Such a designation would mean that the Rio Rancho home is their primary residence.

  • Sobriety checkpoint planned

    State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint Saturday evening in the Pecos area of San Miguel County.

     

    Sobriety Checkpoints are one of the most powerful weapons in the battle to reduce drunken driving.  The checkpoints not only help to get drunks off the road but are an important educational tool, these are living breathing bill boards that will take you to jail so you can contemplate the poor choice to drink and drive.

  • Noted teacher leaving West

    West Las Vegas music director Arnell David Arellanes was recently among a group of 15 teachers nationwide who were recognized at the national level in their respective fields.

    Now he’s leaving the school district.

    With a steady stream of recognition at the local, state and national levels, Arellanes has become a well-known and sought-after music director, He has announced that he has signed a contract with the private school, Sandia Prep, in Albuquerque.

  • Official back at work

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia, who is facing a felony charge in connection with a bar fight last week, is back on the job.

    Garcia, 44, was placed on paid administrative leave last week after city police responded to a fight at Legers bar late the night of April 13.

    According to police, witnesses reported that Garcia struck another bar patron with a beer bottle, and the two men fell into a booth while Garcia continued to hit the other man.

  • Woman's charges dismissed

    An employee of the state Children, Youth and Families Department has been cleared of child abuse charges.

    Justina Romero, 28, of Las Vegas had faced three counts of child abandonment or abuse of children. But a magistrate judge earlier this month dismissed those charges.

    The judge, John Sanchez, determined there wasn’t enough evidence to send the case to trial in state District Court.

  • Lawyer: Nothing criminal alleged

    The attorney for two village of Wagon Mound employees says her clients aren’t being investigated for any crimes.

    Nancy Ann Richards, the attorney, said in a statement that she had been advised by the village’s attorney that Wagon Mound is conducting an audit but that no one is alleging anything criminal with regard to the two employees.

    Richards said one employee had been reinstated with a reprimand and the other had received a notice of “contemplated action.” She said the reprimanded employee is filing a grievance.