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  • Teen arrested in girl's death

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — A teen from Las Vegas has been arrested in the death of a girl found unresponsive in a parking lot in Colorado.

    Adams County sheriff's officials say 18-year-old Joseph Daniel Mascarenas is being held for investigation of second-degree murder. His bond was set at $100,000.

  • Who leaked public records?

    The city attorney is taking another swipe at whoever released e-mails to the Optic — despite the state attorney general’s finding that those e-mails were public record.

    City Attorney Carlos Quiñones, in a two-page Oct. 5 memo labeled confidential to the mayor, the City Council and the city manager, contended that the release of the e-mails to the Optic was a “clear breach of the confidentiality provision” of the governing body’s Code of Professional Ethics.

  • Feldman won't run for mayor

    Las Vegas City Councilman Andrew Feldman said last week that he won’t run for mayor next year.

    “I feel I can be more effective as a councilor working for the betterment of Las Vegas if we get a good mayor in the 2010 election,” he said.

    Feldman said he hasn’t endorsed anyone for mayor yet.

    No one has announced for mayor so far, but several have expressed interest, including San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz, former City Councilman Louie Trujillo and former state employee Tonita Gurulé-Giron.

  • Council enacts new ethics rule

    The City Council enacted a resolution last week to establish a protocol for how the mayor and council members can communicate with bidders and contractors.

    The resolution bans governing body members from talking with bidders about negotiations or procurement of contracts. The officials can talk to the bidders about other subjects.

  • Lawyer: Give power to mayor

    Members of a committee drafting a new city constitution want to give more powers to the council and the people — at the expense of the mayor.

    But a former city attorney says that would be unwise and make city government less efficient.

    For more than a half hour at a hearing last week, local attorney Dave Romero spelled out his objections to the City Council about the 35-page proposed city charter.  

  • Man dies in crash

    A man was killed while crossing Grand Avenue on Thursday night, city police said.

    Joseph Guerin, 73, was crossing Grand in the 1100 block of Grand Avenue wearing dark clothing when he was hit by a 1987 Ford pickup, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    He was taken by ambulance to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Herminia Romero, 62, was the pickup driver traveling south on Grand, police said. She took a blood test and was determined to be completely sober, police said.

  • N.M. sheriffs questioning panel's powers

    San Miguel County Sheriff Benjie Vigil has fellow sheriffs in his corner in the effort to convince the County Commission to approve the sheriff’s use of Tasers.

    Vigil told county commissioners during a public forum on the electroshock weapon that he was down to four deputies plus himself. He said Tasers would be a good tool to help his understaffed department.  

    Commission Chairman David Salazar said a decision on the use of Tasers by the Sheriff’s Department may be made at Wednesday’s commission meeting.

  • Number of business licenses about same

    The national recession doesn’t appear to be affecting the number of businesses in Las Vegas.

    According to the city, 1,077 business licenses were issued this year, five more than last year.

    “We average over 1,000 licenses each year. That’s been pretty constant for years,”  said Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director.

    This year, 937 businesses renewed their licenses and 140 businesses applied for new licenses, the city reported. The previous year, 945 renewed and 127 new licenses were issued.

  • Cousins charged in holdups

    Two cousins were arrested Wednesday morning after two Allsup’s stores on Grand Avenue were held up.

    Richard Griego, 23, of Ribera and Jimmy Griego, 29, of Villanueva were charged with two counts each of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and tampering with evidence.

    Police said they robbed the Allsup’s at Grand Avenue and Alamo Street at 4 p.m. Tuesday and the Allsup’s at Grand and University Avenue at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Possible drilling enrages some

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

    The move comes after an outcry by environmentalists, activists and others in the area.

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