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  • Senator says he’s against divisiveness

    Sen. Phi Griego, D-San Jose, continued to defend remarks he made while speaking on a local radio show earlier this year.

    He spoke to members the local Independent Business Alliance gathering at the Ilfeld Ballroom at the Plaza Hotel on Tuesday.

    On KNMX in the spring, he told an interviewer that merchants in the Plaza area want to turn Las Vegas into a Santa Fe or Taos — a statement that was quoted in the Optic.

    Griego said his statements on the radio were misquoted, but didn’t explain how they were.

  • Ex-city cop convicted of fraud

    A former Las Vegas police officer has pleaded guilty to allegations that he defrauded city government, prosecutors say.

    On July 7, Shawn Montoya entered his plea in court to charges of fraud and filing a false claim, both fourth-degree felonies, District Attorney Richard Flores said.

    Under the terms of a plea agreement, Montoya is required to pay full restitution to the Police Department and to an insurance company to which he defrauded, and perform 100 hours of community service, Flores said. Montoya will be on probation for 18 months.

  • Rail Runner coming through town

    The New Mexico Rail Runner Express will be making a special trip north this weekend for open house events in the cities of Raton and Las Vegas. Members of the public will be invited to climb aboard the Rail Runner and check out the train first-hand.

  • Project saving money

    As work on the Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary renovation project winds down, the architect says he once again had good news.

    “I know it’s difficult to believe when someone comes before you saying they have good news in the way of a change order,” Antonio Ortega told the West Las Vegas school board recently.

    He pointed to a summary from the state Public School Finance Authority that indicated that nearly $500,000 was left over on the additional available bonds for the Don Cecilio project.

  • Group seeking male mentors

    Alex Gonzales’ daughter has been in Big Brothers Big Sisters for the last five years, and by his account, the program has greatly benefited her.

    “It’s a very good program. It influences my daughter quite a bit. Her ‘big’ is a big part of her life. My daughter looks up to her,” the Las Vegas resident said.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters, which has an office in Las Vegas, is the nation’s largest mentoring organization for children 6 through 18. The group says there’s proof that it helps youths become productive citizens.

  • City raises deposit fees

    The City Council last week increased deposit fees for connecting to city water and gas and reduced landlords’ liability for tenants’ utility bills.

    At its regular meeting, the council revised its utility ordinances to take care of a longtime complaint from landlords that they were having to pick up their tenants’ unpaid bills. At the 11th hour, the council also decided to increase deposits to help offset any reduction in collections because of deadbeat tenants.

  • Kids put on play after six days’ practice

    Actor Caitlin Leyba and a cast of more than 60 kid-actors put on the 2009 Missoula Children’s Theatre stage production of “The Amazing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” over the weekend.

    The West Las Vegas High School 10th-grader came up through the ranks, performing in 10 Missoula productions at the historic Ilfeld Auditorium in her young acting career. Last year, Leyba played the second lead as the sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood.

  • County's roads official retiring

    Harold Garcia, San Miguel County’s public works supervisor, and County Manager Les Montoya go back a ways.

    Montoya hired Garcia at the city a quarter century ago, with Garcia fresh from architectural training at Luna Community College.

    At the end of this month, they’ll be parting ways when Garcia retires from government service.

    Garcia has been the county’s public works supervisor for much of the last decade, hired on after Montoya, a former city manager, went to the county.

  • Ex-cop admits paperwork mistakes

    A former Las Vegas police officer says he made administrative mistakes that got him in trouble with the law.

    Earlier this month, Shawn Montoya pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and filing a false claim, both fourth-degree felonies. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed 27 other counts against the former officer, and if he abides by the agreement, the court won’t punish him, in what is known as a conditional discharge. He will be on probation for 18 months.

  • Maestas is the new Luna chairman

    Jerry Maestas is the new chairman of the Board of Trustees at Luna Community College after a unanimous vote during a reorganization of officers.

    Maestas replaces Ambrose Castellano, who has served as chairman for the past five years. Member Frankie Tenorio, a Santa Rosa resident who was elected earlier this year, nominated Maestas for the top post. Trustee Levi Alcon was not present for the vote at the monthly meeting on Tuesday, nor did he attend the June 10 meeting held in Springer.