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  • City government changes urged

    A panel is recommending major changes to the way the city government operates, including strict ethics rules and curbs on the mayor’s and City Council’s powers.

    Starting Monday, the city Charter Commission will be holding weekly public hearings in each of the city’s wards on a proposed new charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution. The current charter took effect four decades ago, when the two Las Vegases united.

  • Mora fiesta parade attracts hundreds, plenty of politicians

    Mora’s main drag was packed with motorists and people as the town held its annual fiesta over the weekend.

    On Saturday morning, hundreds came out to see the fiesta parade, which started on the south side of town.

    This year’s fiesta queen, Frankie Lee Trujillo, daughter of Rosalie and Ernesto Trujillo of Chacon, was near the beginning of the parade. She is a junior at Mora High School and plans to go college after graduation.

  • Biker injured in accident

    Thousands of bikers came to Las Vegas for the weekend, but only one accident occurred involving a motorcycle during that time, police say.

    Richard Gonzales, 41, who was headed north, was hurt when his bike collided with a car driven by Carmen Villanueva, 68, in the 2900 block of Hot Springs Boulevard around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

    Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said Villanueva entered the flow of traffic, getting in the way of Gonzales’ motorcycle.

  • Request for speed bumps answered

    City Councilwoman Diane Moore requested speed bumps on Legion Drive recently. Shortly after, the city did just that.

    At a council meeting, Moore noted that the Legion Drive project had been completed, but she wanted to know about the speed bumps near Legion Park Elementary School. They were there before the street was redone.

    Speed bumps are popular in Las Vegas. While many towns have none on public streets, they can be found all around the Meadow City. City ordinance allows speed bumps near schools.

  • A bigger biker bash

    Accompanying the roar of motorcycle engines, there was a little bling, rock ‘n roll and a weekend full of events at the fourth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally in Las Vegas.

  • Teacher remains on paid leave

    An eastside teacher who allegedly sexually abused a student remains on paid leave, a top official said this week.

    Sup-erintendent Rick Romero said the Las Vegas City Schools district has been in contact with its attorneys about Jay Quintana, a teacher and coach at Robertson High School.

    “When we feel we have enough information based on the investigation, then we’ll make a determination,” Romero said. “Jay Quintana will remain on leave until we feel that we have have completed a thorough investigation.”

  • District: City not helping with parking

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero is unhappy with the city’s response in dealing with parking issues around Robertson High School.

    Ro-mero, along with a number of veteran school board members, said at last week’s board meeting that the city is trying to duck responsibility.

    “I received a call from Chief of Police Gary Gold. I appreciate Gary very much... I can tell in the conviction in his voice that he’s tired of being blamed for the parking issues around Robertson High School,” Romero said.

  • District: City not helping with parking

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero is unhappy with the city’s response in dealing with parking issues around Robertson High School.

    Ro-mero, along with a number of veteran school board members, said at last week’s board meeting that the city is trying to duck responsibility.

    “I received a call from Chief of Police Gary Gold. I appreciate Gary very much... I can tell in the conviction in his voice that he’s tired of being blamed for the parking issues around Robertson High School,” Romero said.

  • Sex offender’s request rejected

    The attorney for a Mora County sex offender asked a state district judge this week to suspend the part of the offender’s sentence involving an alleged sex crime against a 4-year-old boy.

    After a court hearing that included a tearful speech by the boy’s mother, Judge Eugenio Mathis rejected the request.

    Last year, Clifford Gutierrez, 35, who had nine alleged victims, was sentenced to probation at the request of the victims’ families, instead of a prison term, which is more typical.

  • Old National residents tired of speeders

    Residents on Old National Road want San Miguel County to take action to prevent speeding and careless driving in their neighborhood.

    Officials said they are planning to deal with the problem.

    At last week’s County Commission meeting, residents reported that many drivers on Old National, which is on the north end of town, go well past the speed limit of 25 mph and don’t negotiate the curves well, knocking down mailboxes and fences.

    They also said it’s dangerous for students walking to nearby Memorial Middle School.