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Local News

  • City fears losing money

    The city may be in jeopardy of losing more than $1 million for proposed local projects as part of statewide budget cuts, officials say.

    The city has listed three projects that may face the wrath of  budget cutters — $1.3 million for the Gallinas River dam, $130,000 for the municipal courthouse and $140,000 for the veterans homeless shelter.

  • Hospital payment delayed

    County officials want answers from Alta Vista Regional Hospital about why it’s not talking with its employees’ union.

    This week, the County Commission unanimously voted to delay paying the hospital $45,000 in health care for the poor. At the same time, the commission agreed to pay Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe for similar services.

  • Youth accused of riding onto West field

    Runners and walkers are welcome to use the track at West Las Vegas High School.

    Just don’t take your cars in.

    Early on a recent morning, a youth drove his car onto the football field and did some doughnuts, causing nearly $2,000 in damage, officials said.

    School employees discovered the damage when they arrived that morning. Security cameras captured the whole incident.  

    Based on a tip, officers went to the home of the suspect and could see remains from the field on his car, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

  • Resident honored for cleanup at Union

    On a recent weekend, Rick Roybal organized a cleanup of Union Street Elementary School. More than 50 people showed up.

    Roybal and others wanted to wipe down the school from floor to ceiling to prevent the flu from spreading.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Tony Marquez honored Roybal for his work.

    Roybal said the effort was successful and that volunteers got the work done in two hours. He said Albuquerque’s KRQE television station covered the event.

  • RHS assistant coach charged

    A Robertson High School assistant football coach accused of getting into a confrontation at McDonald’s has been charged with disorderly conduct.

    He was relieved of his duties Monday, officials said.

    The coach, Phillip Conway-Trujillo, 29, allegedly got into a fight with West Las Vegas football players in the men’s restroom around 11:30 p.m. Oct. 30. The coach was reportedly intoxicated, Police Chief Gary Gold said.

    Another man, Anthony Pacheco, 21, was also charged.

  • City police want to speak with victims

    The Las Vegas Police Department is asking that alleged victims of former Robertson High School teacher and coach Jay Quintana come forward.

    Quintana is accused of 14 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and a count of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

    He was arrested last week.

    Alleged victims are asked to call police detective Roy Pacheco at 425-7504.

  • DOT looks into workers' prank

    The state Department of Transportation is investigating a workers’ prank that involved a small explosion, an official said this week.

    Paul Gray, the DOT’s local district engineer, said a couple of employees mixed toilet cleaner with aluminum in a plastic bottle at the Rowe maintenance building.

    One employee has reportedly suffered a ringing in his ears since then, so the department has sent that employee to a specialist, Gray said.

    “We haven’t received the physician’s statement yet,” he said.

  • Man killed on National

    A man was killed after he allegedly beat up another in a case of road rage in central Las Vegas, police said.

    Richard Baca, 21, of Los Lunas was charged with an open count of murder. The victim, Benito Lemos, 22, a local postal carrier, died almost instantly after the suspect shot him in the chest, police said.

    The killing happened about 5:30 p.m. Monday at National Avenue and 12th Street.

  • Agencies conduct warrant roundup

    Area authorities arrested 26 people as part of a warrant roundup Friday, state and city police said. Another five turned themselves in, and many others showed up at court to pay their fines.

    According to a press release, 54 officers from 15 different agencies were part of the effort to apprehend those with arrest warrants. The officers took them to Magistrate Court on Seventh Street, where magistrate and municipal judges were on hand to hold hearings.

  • UWC student dies after collapsing

    A United World College student last week died after collapsing during a birthday party, the school reported.

    First-year student Fawaz Lukman of Ghana was unable to be revived after he “inexplicably and suddenly” collapsed," said the college's president, Lisa Darling, in a statement.

    The students living in the Denali Dormitory were gathered in the home of their resident tutor — the faculty member who is in charge of their dorm — for a monthly celebration of birthdays with cake and ice cream when Lukman collapsed, Darling said.