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  • Campos pushes juvenile center

    State Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, is seeking $4.5 million for a center for youth offenders in Las Vegas, but it may be difficult to get that money in a declining economy.

    According to analysis by the staff of the Legislative Finance Committee, the state Children, Youth and Families Department wants to build juvenile justice centers in smaller facilities throughout New Mexico. The agency had hoped to build the first one in the state’s northeastern quadrant, which includes Las Vegas.

  • Residents ask city to reverse project

    Residents on Lee Drive wanted passing motorists to slow down on their street. But some don’t like the city’s solution to the problem.

    Last year, the city finished a roundabout at Lee and Kierig Street, along with medians on the approach to the intersection. The roundabout includes 22 signs, many more than are usually posted at a roundabout.

    At last week’s Las Vegas City Council meeting, Public Works Director Carlos Ortiz wanted direction on what to do with the intersection, saying he had received conflicting signals.

  • Man charged with attacking woman

    A Las Vegas man attacked a woman and put a steak knife next to her neck, telling her she couldn’t leave him, state police said.

    Andres Coca, 23, 504 Santa Ann St., was charged with aggravated battery on a household member, assault against a household member and false imprisonment.

    On the night of March 3, state police responded to a domestic violence call at a home near McAllister Lake.

  • City case hinges on 1992 policy

    Mayor Tony Marquez has asked the state attorney general to investigate billing adjustments made by former Utilities Director George DuFour, which the mayor’s administration suggested were made “without legal authority.”

    The city isn’t building its case on a law or ordinance, but rather on an internal policy drafted nearly two decades ago.

  • Police solve break-ins in Mora County

    State police have arrested three men in connection with two burglaries in Mora County, and authorities believe they could solve still more break-ins.

    The suspects are Salomon Lopez, 20, of Buena Vista; Lonny Escovedo, 19, of Chacon; and Alexander Padilla, 19, of Mora.

    Lopez and Escovedo face charges of aggravated burglary, larceny, breaking and entering and criminal damage, while Padilla is accused of receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence.

  • Blowing trash a problem

    Clyde Pickett has lived at his property northeast of town for 43 years. These days, he has to contend with trash flying onto his land.

    About a decade ago, the city built its transfer station next to Pickett’s property, and since then, people living in the area have complained about garbage ending up on their land.

    Of course, the problem gets much worse this time of year when the winds pick up.

    Last week, Pickett took a reporter to his fence line. All along were bags and other pieces of garbage that clung to the barbed wire.  

  • Teen gets 2 years for killing man

    A teenager accused of killing a man in Bernal in September 2007 is getting two years in juvenile prison.

    District Judge Eugenio Mathis on Wednesday sentenced Chris Trujillo before a packed courtroom, with many weeping. Trujillo pleaded guilty to manslaughter, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.

    As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors reduced an open count of murder to manslaughter in exchange for Trujillo’s guilty plea.

    Trujillo was 16 when he was arrested for killing Gene Padilla, 30, of Serafina.

  • No traffic lights until project ends

    On Feb. 2, someone ran into the control box for the traffic lights at University and Grand avenues. The lights have been out of order ever since.

    The cost of repairs will be $20,000 to $30,000, said Christina Romero, the Department of Transportation’s spokeswoman. That is so high the department decided to make the intersection a four-way stop until it completes a project to improve that area of Grand Avenue, she said.

    Such improvements may not be finished until 2010 or 2011.

    “It will be an extended temporary fix,” Romero said.

  • West Las Vegas choir takes state

    West Las Vegas High School Principal Gene Parson said the 2009 State Champion Honors Choir has again proved, beyond a doubt, that it is the best in the area and possibly the state.

    The Honors Choir, directed by Arnell David Arellanes, recently met the difficult challenge of defending last year’s state title and returned home as back-to-back state champions. Besides winning the blue trophy in district 3A, the choir placed in the top five in all categories, A through AAAAA. 

  • Vegas gets new city manager

    The City Council on Wednesday voted to hire Santa Rosa City Manager Timothy Dodge to take the same position in Las Vegas.

    The decision followed a statement by Mayor Tony Marquez, who apologized to the community for the learning curve in his first year as mayor.

    In a unanimous vote, the council picked Dodge over Dan Dible, who served as Las Vegas city manager in the 1980s. Dodge, a Highlands University graduate, has served as Santa Rosa’s manager for the last four years.