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  • Officials eye hiring in-house attorney

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez wanted to avoid a discussion Wednesday on whether to have an in-house attorney at City Hall.

    The debate happened anyway.

    Near the end of a four-hour meeting, council members Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore brought up the issue, saying the city could save money by having an in-house attorney, rather than contracting out for such services.

    Last week, the two council members requested the issue be placed on the council’s meeting agenda, but the mayor turned them down.

  • School officials say: Don't cut funding

    Area school superintendents are pleading with local lawmakers to hold their districts harmless when they strike the budget ax.

    But a state senator painted a grim picture, saying the budget shortfall may be even greater than previously estimated.

    Gov. Bill Richardson said he will call the Legislature into special session starting next Saturday to deal with the budget shortfall caused by the national recession.

    During a public meeting last week to discuss the state government’s budget crisis, area legislators got an earful — and then some.

  • Swine flu hits Las Vegas

    The Las Vegas City Schools has at least two students with swine flu, while the West Las Vegas district has none so far, officials said.

    On Monday, 13 percent of students in the City Schools were absent  — or 266 of the 1,950 enrolled. At West, 3 percent of students — 52 of 1,658 — were no-shows.

  • Santa Fe Opera reconsiders decision on drilling in Vegas Basin

    The Santa Fe Opera is revisiting its decision to lease nearly 27,000 acres shared mineral rights to drill in the Las Vegas Basin.

    The move comes after an outcry by environmentalists, activists and others in the area. They say that oil and gas activity could hurt the environment.

    Charles MacKay, director of the Santa Fe Opera, said that he had signed the lease without first examining all of the implications.

  • Official not sure there's an emergency

    State Engineer John D'Antonio said he has yet to be convinced that residents southwest of Las Vegas are suffering a water emergency.

    But D’Antonio, the state’s top water official, said his agency continues to investigate the situation.

    In recent weeks, residents in the Ojitos Frios area have reported that 16 wells have gone dry, a number that is now down to 13. They have blamed the city’s increased pumping at Taylor Wells, which supplements the municipal system’s main water source, the Gallinas River.

  • Ex-UWC student pleads to sex assault

    A former United World College student who recently pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting another is now going to college in Massachusetts.

    Tabias O. Wilson, 19, was accused of one count of criminal sexual penetration, a third-degree felony.

    In a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office, Wilson will be on probation for three years. He will not be deemed convicted of the crime if he follows the terms of the agreement. He will not be listed as a sex offender.

  • Girl reported missing

    Kassandra Herrera, 15, a ninth-grader at Robertson High School, has been reported missing.

    Her mother, Ramona Herrera, said she was last seen when she left her off at Robertson at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 5.

    Herrera is five feet, six inches, 189 pounds, and has black hair with blond streaks, and brown eyes.

    To provide information on her whereabouts, call the Police Department at 425-7504 or Ramona Herrera at 718-8209.

  • West makes position clear

    The state had already rejected Luna Community College’s idea for a charter school.

    But the West Las Vegas school board enacted a resolution against the school anyway.

    The resolution puts the district on record as opposing any attempt by Luna to resurrect the idea of the Luna Charter Academy.

    The resolution states, “It is not in the district’s best interest to authorize the development of the Luna Community College Charter School, especially due to the possibility of its negatively impacting the district enrollment and funding.”

  • Man accused of breaking into Dick's

    City police officers often respond to false alarms, but nothing was false about an alarm at Dick’s Liquors last week.

    Police responded to a burglar alarm around 4 a.m. last Tuesday at the restaurant and bar. One officer went to the front and one to the back.

    The one in back found an open door on the bottom floor, and he saw a man running away from him, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    The officer, Lt. Juan Montaño, chased after the man on foot a block or two. The man jumped a fence, but Montaño captured him, Gold said.

  • Jose Campos seeks high office

    Jose Campos is one of several Democratic candidates for New Mexico’s lieutenant governor, but he is the only one from outside the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas.

    Campos is the mayor of Santa Rosa and a state representative, and he has been visiting Las Vegas frequently to gather local support for his campaign.