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  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas remains in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Two regulators step down

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Two regulators Monday recused themselves from debate on an effort to repeal tough new anti-pollution rules after environmentalists raised questions about their impartiality.

    State Environmental Improvement Board members Greg Fulfer of Jal and James Casciano of Albuquerque said they believed they could be fair and impartial but decided to step down from the case to maintain the integrity of the seven-member board and head off any public perception of bias.

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 5, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Man pleads in trafficking case
    ALBUQUERQUE — A Zuni Pueblo man is facing 20 years in federal prison for trafficking in cocaine. The FBI in Albuquerque says 20-year-old Devon Wyaco pleaded guilty Monday to one count of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

    Wyaco also faces up to five years of supervised release. Wyaco has been in federal custody since his arrest in March and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

  • Scientists study bovine sickness

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE — The lush grass in northern New Mexico provides a strong lure for drought-stricken ranchers looking for a way to feed their animals. But grazing in the mountains brings a risk of bovine high altitude disease, a potentially fatal illness that costs the beef industry some $60 million a year.

  • Millions spent defending East

    The tab for defending Las Vegas City Schools and its employees against lawsuits stemming from the August 2008 football team assaults exceeds $6 million.

    The actual figure could be closer to $7 million because the settlement received by one of the victims and the amount spent on legal fees in one of the lawsuits have yet to be disclosed.

    The suits stem from an August 2008 incident in which older members of the football team sodomized younger players with broomsticks and terrorized others during a pre-season football camp in the Gallinas Canyon.

  • Speaking out, learning more
  • Input leads to branding report

    Jim Glover has been busy meeting with various people in town as part of his city-sponsored a research project to brand and market Las Vegas.

    On Thursday evening, he discussed his initial findings with about two dozen attendees at the Student Senate Chambers at Highlands University.

    The scope of the project, according to Glover, is to make Las Vegas a better place to live, work and recreate.

    “A community brand is essentially in everything,” Glover said.

  • Proposed facility worries neighbors

    A plan to establish an assisted living facility on Fourth Street is drawing concerns from neighbors worried about the types of residents it will be accepting.

    The issue took center stage last week during a city Board of Adjustment and Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. Jimmy and Lisa Saiz are requesting a special-use permit to establish an assisted living facility at 813 Fourth St. — the same property that once housed the nursing home facility formerly known as Vegas Grandes. The permit is needed because the area is currently zoned as residential.

  • Man gets 10 years for drug trafficking

    A man who sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, District Attorney Richard Flores announced Thursday.

    Manuel “Melo” Aragon pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine and was sentenced by Judge Abigail Aragon. Both the plea and the sentencing took place on Aug. 22, Flores said.

  • Report calls for PRC reorganization

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico should reorganize the Public Regulation Commission and impose minimum qualifications on its members, according to a report released after a second elected regulator was forced from office.

    Jerome Block Jr.’s departure from the commission was the latest scandal to tarnish the regulatory agency, and the report by an independent think tank says it’s time to clean up the mess.