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  • Woman has baby on Interstate 25

    Las Vegan Patrick Gallegos was speeding 95 mph on the highway early Saturday morning. And a state police officer was chasing him.

    But he said he had a good reason for going so fast: His wife, Candelaria, was having a baby.

    The two of them had gone to Albuquerque on Friday to shop for Christmas presents. “My wife was walking around a lot that day,” he said.

    They returned to Las Vegas around 11 p.m. and three hours later, Candelaria started having contractions.

  • Panel OKs 46-lot plan

    A city panel has given its preliminary approval of a housing development just north of Las Vegas, one that would exclude mobile homes and regulate architectural styles.

    Now the proposal will go to the City Council.

    This week, the city Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a 46-lot subdivision with lots ranging from three-fourths of an acre to 10 acres.

    The commission discussed the proposal during two meetings over the last couple of months.

  • City works to replace damaged rollout containers

    The city is expecting to have more reports of damaged rollout containers in the coming years.

    That’s because many of the rollouts have been around nine years, and their life expectancy is six.

    “With time, they get frail,” said Alvin Jiron, manager of the city’s solid waste department. “The lids break off; that’s the first thing to go.”

    A couple of weeks ago, the city received a shipment of 100 new containers. By Monday, 30 had already been sent to households needing them.

  • State hospital's second in command dies at 60

    Anthony Martinez, the second in command at the state hospital, died last week. He was 60.

    Martinez, a Tucumcari native, died from complications of H1N1 flu, said Troy Jones, administrator of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute.

    Martinez, who died Nov. 25, started with the hospital in 2001 and became clinical director the next year.

  • West debates use of volunteers

    Some West Las Vegas school board members argue that volunteers are needed for athletic programs, while others worry that they have become too influential and overbearing.

    The board members debated the issue before they approved the athletic department’s handbook at a recent meeting.

    Chairwoman Christine Ludi said she was hearing from parents that they were being excluded from volunteering their time.

    “For us to say you’re not worthy enough to volunteer to help with our athletic programs or in the classroom is ridiculous,” Ludi said.

  • City eyes housing needs

    The city has been talking with developers about the possibility of building new public housing, officials said last week.

    But they said no company will get any kind of advantage in the process.

    Three years ago, the city demolished the housing at the old public development along Mills Avenue. Officials have long planned to replace that housing.  

  • Council rejects proposed charter

    The Charter Commission, which has been drafting a new constitution for the city of Las Vegas, has been getting mixed messages from the City Council.

    Everyone involved in the drafting of the charter agrees on one thing: Winners of mayoral and council races must have the support of a majority of voters.

    But they part ways over how to make this happen.

    Last month, the council voted 2-1 in favor of instant runoffs, in which voters rank candidates in a single election. That results in a candidate with a majority, the idea’s supporters contend.

  • Hospital expected to take questions

    The top official at Alta Vista Regional Hospital is expected to appear before the County Commission next week.

    County Manager Les Montoya said that Richard Grogan, the privately run hospital’s CEO, has agreed to attend the county meeting, which is set for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the meeting room at the West Las Vegas administration building.  

  • Delay sought for school project

    The $2.9 million Tony Serna Elementary School construction project will go forward — it’s just a question of when.

    The West Las Vegas district has requested to delay the project’s start to May, rather than January, as originally planned.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu said during a recent school board meeting that there were three sites that children would be sent during the year-long renovation. However, board members Caroline Lopez , Kenny Lujan and David Romero were not keen on the plan.

  • Agency works to stop erosion

    Much of your property taxes go to the city, the county, the schools and the state — and residents often see how that money is spent.

    A much smaller portion goes to a less visible entity — Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District, which covers nearly all of San Miguel County.

    For instance, the owner of an $80,000 house pays around $25 a year to Tierra y Montes.

    So what does that organization do?

    It works to prevent erosion, preserve river habitats and undertake efforts to lessen the chance of wildfires.