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  • Democrat takes case to state level

    Ambrose Castellano, who lost in his bid to become the chairman of the San Miguel County Democratic Party, is challenging the election’s procedures at the state level.

    Earlier this month, Martin Suazo, the chairman for the last eight years, won another two-year term at the county convention, getting 84 votes to Castellano’s 10.

    During the convention, Castellano and former Chairman Greg Salazar, whom Suazo beat eight years ago, both called into question the credentials of some delegates.

  • Las Vegas call center to close

    One of Las Vegas’ two call centers plans to close its doors at the end of the month, putting 48 people out of work.

    Vertex officials have announced that they plan to shut down the center, which is based at Highlands University, because of the loss of the center’s only client, Duke Energy.

    Vertex spokeswoman Diane Webb said the center will close April 30, but a team of managers will remain into May to move out.

  • Truant student faces DWI charge

    A reportedly truant Robertson High School student is accused of crashing her car after smoking marijuana, city police said.

    Last month, the 18-year-old girl was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and causing great bodily injury by vehicle.

    According to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court, a police officer was on patrol when he noticed an accident at Sixth and Washington streets shortly after 11 a.m. March 12.

  • Rec center addresses suggestions

    The city’s recreation center is making progress in addressing recommendations made by a citizens advisory panel last year.

    The center’s director, Loretta Abreu Martin, who has been on the job for only a few weeks, gave the City Council an update on how the center is responding to the panel’s suggestions.

    “We have addressed every item,” she said. “I met with the task force, and they were pleased.”

  • Some question Campos’ Senate certificates

    In March, some residents got certificates of appreciation from the state Senate for their support of a recent proposed tax increase to pay for building projects at Luna Community College.

    More specifically, the certificates were signed by Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, who also happens to be the college’s president.

    Now, some are criticizing Campos for using the state Senate to help him with his full-time job at Luna.

    Campos said he uses certificates to recognize people for their “positive involvement in a myriad of worthy events.”

  • Men accused in stabbing at Luna

    Two men are accused in the stabbing of another man during a party at Camp Luna.

    Sergio Ray Valdez, 18, 1905 Montezuma, faces charges of aggravated battery, tampering with evidence and conspiracy, and Rico Luke Martinez, 19, 3303 Luna Drive, is charged with conspiracy and an unrelated count of battery.

    Around 2 a.m. March 25, a man called state police and reported that he had been stabbed at a party in the 3300 block of Luna Drive. He had stab wounds to his torso and arms and was bleeding profusely, state police said.

  • Some still push 2-lane Grand

    The city and state have already made their wishes known: They want to keep the downtown portion of Grand Avenue at four lanes.

    But the state Transportation Department still had to hold a public hearing Thursday on the alternatives for Grand as part of the environmental assessment process.

    Some residents took the opportunity to continue to push government officials to reduce Grand Avenue to two lanes from Tilden Street to University Avenue, which they said would promote economic development.

  • Man says he was attacked near his house

    A Highlands University student said he was attacked when he walked out of his house with his friends on a recent night.

    Adam Brister, 28, a full-time geology student, said they were walking to one of the friend’s car, which was parked in front of Lincoln Park, just across from Brister’s house in the 700 block of Lincoln Street. It was around 11:30 p.m. last Friday.

    Brister said there were some men at a nearby car and one of them walked over to him.

  • Grand jury indicts PRC member, dad

    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. was indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday on eight felony counts related to his alleged misuse of public campaign funds in last year’s election. His father, Jerome Block, also was indicted, on four felony counts.

    The investigation started last fall after the younger Block admitted to the Las Vegas Optic that he had lied on his campaign finance report.

  • City supervisor pleads guilty

    Las Vegas’ wastewater utility supervisor has pleaded guilty to embezzlement at the city. He reportedly remains on the job.

    Steve Medina, 41, admitted to a petty misdemeanor embezzlement charge in Magistrate Court last week.

    According to court documents, authorities were called to investigate the embezzlement on July 28. Days later, Medina admitted that he had another city employee work on his car on city time, documents state. The work on Medina’s vehicle lasted about two hours.