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  • Manager: Contract a distraction

    Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge said Wednesday that he is reconsidering whether to ask the mayor and City Council to give him a contract.

    For months, members of the City Council have called for giving Dodge a contract, which they said would provide more stability at City Hall.

    At last week’s council meeting, a majority of members said they were still interested in entering a contract with Dodge, who started last March. But Mayor Tony Marquez and Councilwoman Diane Moore said it would be best to wait until after the municipal election in March.

  • Woman accused in hit-and-run

    An Ojo Feliz woman is accused of running over another woman after they got into an argument at a Las Vegas bar, state police said.

    April Alcon, 21, was at the Inn of Las Vegas bar around 1 a.m. last Wednesday when she allegedly struck Christina Leyba with her car.

    Leyba appeared to have a compound fracture to her lower left leg, with a bone sticking out of her pants leg, according to a criminal complaint. She was taken to the hospital.

    Alcon was charged with aggravated battery, a second DWI offense and failure to give immediate notice of an accident.

  • Police: Man threatens to kill officer

    A Las Vegas man who told a police officer that he would “blow your head off” is charged with a number of offenses.

    Dennis Martin Chavez, 46, 741 Dora Celeste, was put in jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash-only bond.

    According to a criminal complaint, state police were called to Chavez’s Dora Celeste house after his stepdaughter reported a domestic disturbance.

  • State police plan new station

    The state police are planning a new local station on a hilltop on the east side of town.

    The new building would be on the northeast corner of South Commerce Street and N.M. Highway 104, just across from KFUN Hill. When the police station is completed, officers will move out of the old one.

    The current station is at Second Street and Mills Avenue; state police officials have said that the new site will give them immediate response to emergencies on Interstate 25, the busiest highway in the area.

  • Mural project gets city money

    A local group wants to celebrate northern New Mexico’s history with a downtown mural, and now it has most of the money to complete this project.

    Last week, the City Council approved $15,000 for the paneling and materials for the mural, which will be called, “The People’s History of Northern New Mexico.” The total price tag is $25,000.

  • West asked to support wind farm

    Supporters of a proposed industrial wind farm in the Bernal area near Interstate 25 contend the towering windmills would bring a lot of money to the West Las Vegas schools because the project is within district boundaries.

    But opponents say the turbines would hurt the area’s scenery and pose health risks to neighbors.

    Recently, the West board was asked to support a resolution in favor of the proposed wind farm, which is being pushed by Chicago-based Invenergy.

  • Council debates Dodge contract

    Members of the Las Vegas City Council said Wednesday that they like the performance of City Manager Timothy Dodge, but they disagreed over the process of giving him a contract.

    And Dodge himself said the former city attorney, Carlos Quiñones, failed to draft a contract for him, despite the governing body’s direction to do so. Quiñones’ last day was Dec. 31.

  • Vegas man arrested on drug charges

    Authorities arrested a local man Thursday after they found drug-distribution equipment at his Highlands University residence, officials said.

    Agents from the Region IV Narcotics Task Force, which consisted of officers from the campus and city police and the Sheriff’s Department, executed a narcotics search warrant on Michael A. Strand Sr., 51.

  • East board opposes land swap

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has come out against the proposed land swap at White Peak, which is near Ocate.

    The board, led by  member Gabe Lucero, joins other opponents, including Gov. Bill Richardson, the San Miguel County Commission and area sportsmen groups.

    East board members contended that the proposed deal, pushed by Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons, goes against the public interest and lines the pockets  of the recipients of the White Peak land.

  • Detective to run for sheriff

    Roy Pacheco, a detective with the Las Vegas Police Department, plans to run for San Miguel County sheriff.

    He announced that he will participate in the June 1 Democratic primary; candidates have to file in early March.

    Sheriff Benjie Vigil, who is eligible to run for a second four-year term, is widely expected to enter the race as well. Pacheco is the first to an-nounce his candidacy.

    Pach-eco, 30, has been with the Police Department for 13 years, joining the force shortly after his high school graduation.