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  • Girl called model student, citizen

    Christina Padilla is like a lot of children in Las Vegas — bright, happy and engaged. And she’s involved in plenty of activities.

    Don and Geri Padilla have two children, Aaron and Christina, and regularly encourage them in their activities, including their studies.

  • Attorney warns mayor

    An attorney for local businessman Carlos Gallegos is warning Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez not to make any more “disparaging or defamatory” comments about his client.

    “Apparently your comments have been made in an effort to deflect attention from your own shortcomings during your petty political infighting with your City Council and administrators,” Albuquerque attorney Sam Bregman wrote in a letter to Marquez dated Wednesday.

  • No agency taking responsibility

    The railroad crossing north of town, where Michael Esquibel lost his life Jan. 15, is arguably a hazard to motorists.

    More to the point, it is a hazard for which no one is taking direct responsibility. And most officials believe it’s someone else’s job.

    The Rio Arriba Road crossing, which provides local access to both the city of Las Vegas’ solid waste transfer station and to the Ride to Pride program for youth, is roughly 500 yards from the Interstate 25 overpass. From the crossing, the train tracks are not visible past that point.  

  • Seven competing for seats on the West board

    Seven candidates are competing for the West Las Vegas school board in Tuesday’s election.

    The candidates running for Position 4 are Michael Adams, David G. Romero and John Trujillo. Vying for Position 5 are incumbent Christine Ludi, Manuel Lucero, Jose R. Salazar and Yvette Arellanes.

    Longtime board member Ralph Garcia’s term is ending, but he decided not to run again after three decades on the board.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on poll locations, call the county clerk’s office at 425-9331.

  • Official: City may still get money

    At least one city official is holding out hope that it can get back a $1.2 million state appropriation for a water project that it lost recently.

    In a news release on Jan. 15, the city announced that the state Water Trust Board, which is part of the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority, pulled back the money. That was after the city had changed the purpose for the funding once and then wanted a time extension to meet the grant’s conditions.

    But last week, George Du Four, the city’s utilities director, said the board’s decision isn’t final.

  • Few disagreements at candidate forum

    There wasn’t a lot of disagreement among candidates running for the West Las Vegas School Board.

    Many of the regular questions were asked — about what they thought about consolidation of school districts, nepotism, and a willingness to be open with the press and public.

    The candidates running for Position 4 in Tuesday’s election are Michael Adams, David G. Romero and John Trujillo. Vying for Position 5 are incumbent Christine Ludi, Manuel Lucero, Jose R. Salazar and Yvette Arellanes.

  • Las Vegas gas rate increase comes late

    The city is supposed to calculate its natural gas rate every month, taking into account such factors as the cost of gas.

    But an increase in the cost of gas in October didn’t get processed until two months later. And this meant a loss in revenue for the city’s natural gas utility, an official said.               

  • Vegas man charged with robbery

    A Las Vegas man is accused in connection with the robbery of a local convenience store.

    Daniel Lujan, 18, 211 Chico, was charged with armed robbery and tampering with evidence.

    According to a Las Vegas police report, the Allsups convenience store at 113 S. Grand Ave. was held up shortly before midnight Jan. 17.

    Not long after, a police officer apprehended Lujan and another man for questioning. The other man told the police that he had dropped off Lujan at the store but said he went home after that.

  • Optic’s long history as a daily to end

    The Las Vegas Optic announced today that it will be reducing its publication frequency from five days a week to three.

    The Optic, which currently publishes Mondays through Fridays, will begin a Monday-Wednesday-Friday publication schedule by March 2, editor and publisher Tom McDonald announced.

    “Economic circumstances necessitate the change. We’ve got to cut expenses,” McDonald said.

  • Local musicians get awards

    Juan Ortega is a household name among Las Vegas and New Mexico music lovers. He was recognized for his talents at the New Mexico Hispano Music Award ceremony this month in Española as he received the Hispano Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Ortega is best known for his song “Padre Querido” and one of the few songs that he didn’t write himself, “In the Misty Moonlight,” an old Jerry Vale song Ortega translated and sang as a bilingual tune.