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  • County getting ready to start transport service for veterans

    San Miguel County is getting ready to launch its service to provide veterans transportation to medical appointments in Albuquerque.

    Officials hope to start it next month.  

    Last week, the County Commission approved policies for the service, which will be provided Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    The service will be offered through the county’s DWI prevention program. That’s because the program already has drivers for its Safe Ride service, which takes people home from bars.

  • Vegas man charged in dog attack

    A Las Vegas man has been charged in connection with his dog’s attacking a 74-year-old man on the west side.

    Meanwhile, a woman reported being bitten by a dog while she was walking with her canines at Seventh and Columbia streets last week.

    In the earlier incident, Alexander Alires, 36, 505 Blanchard, faces a felony charge of having a dangerous dog and the misdemeanors of having a rabid or unvaccinated dog, a vicious animal and an animal at large. The dog was believed to be a pit-bull-mastiff mix, police said.  

  • Police find stolen items

    Police may be on the way to solving the burglary of a store on Grand Avenue, as they found many of the stolen items in the building next door, authorities said.

    Smokey’s Discount Cigarettes, in the 900 block of Grand Avenue, reported that a break-in had occurred Sunday night. Officers later served a warrant to search a building in the 1000 block and found boxes worth of stolen cigarettes and chewing tobacco, officers said.

  • Official pushes closed campus

    Residents near Robertson High School have recently complained about problems caused by students parking on streets near the school.

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ramon “Swoops” Montaño asked the board to take a look at the possibility of a closed campus, to include sophomores and eventually juniors. RHS freshmen are already barred from leaving campus.

    West Las Vegas High School has a closed campus.

  • Officials learn of change after fact

    City Councilman Andrew Feldman had planned to water his lawn after last Wednesday’s council meeting.

    He was told he couldn’t.

    Both Feldman and Mayor Tony Marquez found out during the meeting that the city had entered Stage 2 water restrictions two days earlier, which is in response to the dropping water levels in the city’s reservoirs, which are at 72 percent of capacity.

  • Some against recording meetings

    The West Las Vegas school board doesn’t record its meetings, unlike most governing bodies.

    Some members like that policy; others question it.

    “I have visited other institutions where they record their public meetings, I was wondering why we don’t. We have to be accountable for everything we say at these board meetings,” said member David Romero, who asked that the school board consider the issue.

    Member Kenny Lujan said all meetings in the past used to be recorded, but he said nobody knows why the practice stopped.

  • Residents get both sides on Tasers

    A state police officer called Tasers an “excellent” tool that help save lives.

    But a Raton woman took an entirely different position. Monica Saenz lost her brother, Jesse Saenz, in 2007 after he was shot 23 times with a Taser by Raton officers while he was reportedly shackled.

    “Tasers pose a threat to society. They shouldn’t be taken lightly. There are many lives at stake,” Saenz told a forum at Luna Community College on Thursday.

  • Principal, teacher honored

    It’s extremely rare that both the Administrator of the Year and Music Educator of the Year would be from the same district, and even more rare that they come from the same town and the same school, officials said.

    West Las Vegas High School Principal Gene Parson and Choir Director Arnell David Arellanes were honored by the New Mexico Music Educators Association during the summer break. Parson was named Administrator of the Year, and Arellanes as Music Educator of the Year. This was the third nomination for both.

  • Consolidation discussion slated

    This week, Las Vegas residents will meet over a sacred cow. The “c” word will be discussed.

    Las Vegas is the only city in New Mexico with two school districts, and this week, citizens will talk about whether that is beneficial or detrimental to the community.

    A public meeting has been scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Kennedy Hall on the Highlands University campus to discuss the pros and cons of administrative consolidation. More than 30 local businesses, organizations and individuals are sponsoring the meeting, including this newspaper.

  • City objects to audit

    A few months ago, the city attorney suggested that the utilities director and a councilman may have taken part in corruption by adjusting customers’ bills.  

    But a draft of an audit report commissioned to investigate this issue doesn’t indicate any criminal wrongdoing by either former Utilities Director George DuFour or the councilman, later identified as Andrew Feldman.