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  • Once in charge of local water

    Most people often take a lot of things for granted, like turning on the faucet expecting, water, the world’s most precious resource to flow.

    But Frank Armijo and his former colleagues, Ramon Vialpando, Edward Saavedra, Jerry Aguilar, Art Salazar and Larry Francis, at the Las Vegas water treatment plant know it takes a lot of work, using science, technology and years of experience to make water safe to drink.

  • Madrid says he won’t run for re-election

    Las Vegas City Councilman Morris Madrid an-nounced this week that he wouldn’t run for a second term, but he left open the possibility of a mayoral bid.

    “Eit-her I’m going to play a larger leadership role or none at all. That’s a decision I have to make,” said Madrid, who was elected to represent the west side’s Ward 1 in 2006.

    Madrid, a top official at the state hospital, said he would make an announcement on his political plans next month.

  • Dealership says it has doubled sales since April

    The Enchantment car dealership is under new management and is reportedly seeing an increase in sales.

    Bill Scheid, the general manager and owner, took over the Ford and Chrysler dealership at the beginning of April. He hopes to close on deals with both auto companies to take official ownership.

    Enchantment’s products include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep. It had been around for about three decades.

  • West officials want confirmation

    Three West Las Vegas school board members want a letter of confirmation from the state Public Education Department that the agency is fine with the district’s selection of an auditor.

    At issue is the board’s recent decision to hire Griego Professional Services as the auditor. Some members have expressed concern that he firm isn’t entirely independent because one of its employees, Jolene Perez, a former business manager for West, helped the district’s business office after leaving.

  • Residents say their wells going dry

    Last week, Susan Hayes, an Ojitos Frios resident, got a glass of water, but she couldn’t do the same thing a half hour later. Nothing came out of the faucet.

    A neighbor, Bill Pyles, said Monday he had just enough water in his well to fill up a bathtub. At certain times, it takes an hour for water in his well to build up enough to where family members can flush the toilet again.

  • Car show attracts residents

    Las Vegas isn’t Gotham City, but Batman’s wheels have been seen around here in recent days.

    Resident Kirk Ludi’s has unveiled his Batmobile and showed it off at a car show Saturday.

    A constant stream of people lined up to admire his creation and other restored and custom-built cars at the Custom Car Show & Shine at the Felix Martinez parking lot on the Highlands University campus.

  • Post office reacts to petition

    Postal Service officials are downplaying a recent petition against Las Vegas Postmaster Alberta Ellis.

    Barbara Wood, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service’s Albuquerque district, which includes Las Vegas, said the more than 300 signatures on the petition are only a few people compared to the population of the Meadow City, which is more than 14,000.

    Last month, the petition was presented to U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., seeking Ellis’ removal as postmaster. Lujan’s office didn’t have any comment on the request.

  • West wants money to go to Valley

    As West Las Vegas district architect Antonio Ortega approached the podium last week, Board Chairwoman Christine Ludi quipped, “Are you coming back to ask us for the money you saved us?”

    Ortega said, “Yes, but just a little bit, but these are good change orders.”

    Ortega told the board the district had about $130,000 of the money it appropriated for the Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary School project, and pointed out where those dollars could best be spent. 

  • State works on Grand Ave. plans

    A downtown organization would like to have as much landscaping as possible on a portion of Grand Avenue targeted for renovation.

    But it looks like the state won’t be putting any vegetation in the median for the Grand project, which is slated to start early next year.

    In March, the City Council decided to keep Grand Avenue at four lanes in the renovated area, which will be from National Avenue to Tilden Street.

  • Officials to get pay cuts

    Top West Las Vegas will see cuts in their pay; rank-and-file employees will not.

    West Las Vegas School’s Business Manager Doug Hendrickson said at a recent school board meeting that the district would be working with less money next year. In light of what officials called a significant shortfall, the superintendent, associate superintendent and business manager agreed to pay cuts.  

    Hendrickson said that even with stimulus funding, the district is projecting revenue next fiscal year of $14 million, which is down 8 percent from this year.