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  • Subdivision gets go-ahead, officials say

    The City Council deadlocked Wednesday on whether to approve a proposed subdivision on New Mexico Avenue, but officials say the developer may have the go-ahead anyway.

    Local developer Phil Warfield wants to divide his property at 2323 New Mexico Ave. into four lots, with modular homes and garages on each.

    But neighbors protested the proposed subdivision, saying it would cause increased traffic and that four was too many homes for six-tenths of an acre.

  • Schools helping student homeless

    West Las Vegas Public Schools recently received 80 backpacks full of food and school supplies.

    The backpacks, provided through the federal McKinney-Vento program, are to meet the needs of homeless students.

    Statewide, it is estimated that more than 8,000 homeless students will be served by the public schools this year.

    Debbie Garcia Tripp, the McKinney-Vento community liaison for the West Las Vegas schools, said the area has a homeless problem, and it does affect youth.

  • Mora official reacts to special audit

    Joseph Griego, chairman of the Mora school board, says the district needs to watch its expenses more carefully.

    He was responding to a special audit released last week that found that $64,000 was improperly diverted into a discretionary account. Griego said the account turned into something of a slush fund.

    The board looked at the special audit, performed by State Auditor Hector Balderas’ office, during a meeting Tuesday night. Griego said the district gave Superintendent Dora Romero a number of directives for internal controls of finances.

  • Audit slams Mora schools

    The state auditor found on Tuesday that the Mora school district didn’t follow procedures in spending thousands of dollars in public funds on leather jackets, snacks and dinners for area state lawmakers and other top officials.

    The district improperly diverted $64,000 in funds to a discretionary account, according to a special audit by State Auditor Hector Balderas.

    His audit states that the district may have violated the state constitution, which bars public money from going toward private causes.

  • Man gets time for biker's death

    A 19-year-old has been sentenced to four years in prison in connection with the death of a motorcycle rider.

    Nico Barela, 19, has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and failure to render aid, both three-degree felonies, according to the district attorney’s office.

    Upon completing his prison term, he will be on parole for two years.

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Audit slams Mora school district; official says district addressing problems

    The state auditor found on Tuesday that the Mora school district didn't follow procedures in spending thousands of dollars in public funds on leather jackets, snacks and dinners for area state lawmakers and other top officials.

     Click here to view the audit in PDF format.

    The state auditor found on Tuesday that the Mora school district didn't follow procedures in spending thousands of dollars in public funds on leather jackets, snacks and dinners for area state lawmakers and other top officials.

  • City seeking input on water projects

    Mayor Tony Marquez announced today that at the Wednesday, October 21st Council Meeting, the Mayor/City Council will be ranking various water system infrastructure projects for a New Mexico Water Trust Board funding application, which is due November 2nd.  Public Comment is encouraged.

  • Resident wants road to stay public

    The San Miguel County Commission took the first step last week toward the possible abandonment of a road in the eastern part of the county.

    That upset a resident who contended he needed C-53-B for access to his home.

    The commission voted to send a road-viewing committee to visit the area and make recommendations on how to handle a petition to vacate the road, which is in the Maes area.

  • Man acquitted; city loses case

    A state district judge on Monday found a City Hall critic not guilty of obstructing a police officer during an investigation last year.

    In so doing, Judge John Paternoster questioned the constitutionality of the city ordinance under which resident Lalo Sanchez was charged.

    After a bench trial, the judge rejected City Attorney Carlos Quiñones’ arguments that Sanchez interfered with a city police officer’s investigation into the safety of a renter on Sanchez’s property.

  • No-bid process divides board

    The West Las Vegas school board has approved a request for a new fire alarm system at Armijo Elementary, but one member dissented, objecting that the district wouldn’t be going out to bid for the project.

    Jerry Maestas, the district’s construction manager, said even though bond money had been approved for an upgrade and the system had been functioning, it’s slowly got to the point where it needs to be replaced.