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  • Vegas gets new city manager

    The City Council on Wednesday voted to hire Santa Rosa City Manager Timothy Dodge to take the same position in Las Vegas.

    The decision followed a statement by Mayor Tony Marquez, who apologized to the community for the learning curve in his first year as mayor.

    In a unanimous vote, the council picked Dodge over Dan Dible, who served as Las Vegas city manager in the 1980s. Dodge, a Highlands University graduate, has served as Santa Rosa’s manager for the last four years.

  • Council supports four-lane Grand

    Grand Avenue is going to stay as it’s been for decades — four lanes.

    The City Council had already voted in favor of a project to improve a five-block downtown portion of Grand. But it had delayed the dicey issue of whether to go with two lanes — as a merchants group advocated — or keeping it at four.

    At a meeting Wednesday, the council voted 3-2 to keep the same number of lanes.

  • Official: City may lose Grand funds

    The City Council is expected to decide this week whether to reduce the downtown portion of Grand Avenue from four lanes to two.

    Merchants groups are pushing for two lanes, while some leaders on Las Vegas’ west side are pushing to keep it four, contending that slower traffic means more motorists would use New Mexico Avenue instead.

    Meanwhile, an official warns that the city could lose $1.2 million in federal funds if a decision isn’t made soon.

  • NEW DEVELOPMENT: Mora High School student appears in court

    Authorities have charged a boy in connection with sexual assaults at Mora High School. He appeared in court Wednesday afternoon.

    Around 2 p.m. Monday, the Mora County Sheriff's Department responded to the alleged attacks at the school. Three girls reported that a boy assaulted them, officials said.

    Authorities said they believe the four were wrestling in the Mora High School gym when one of them got carried away and began to inappropriately touch the others.

  • Voters reject Luna tax increase

    In big numbers, northern New Mexico voters on Tuesday rejected a proposed tax increase to pay for capital improvements and new buildings for Luna Community College.

    Meanwhile, Board of Trustees member Tony Valdez, an investigator with the district attorney’s office, who represents parts of Las Vegas, defeated his two rivals, Marsha Archuleta and Tommy Ortiz, with 44 percent of the vote. Archuleta came in second with 33 percent, followed by Ortiz with 22 percent.

  • DA plans to retry suspect

    The district attorney plans to retry Gilberto Reyes, the man who has been in the county jail for 14 months on a charge of distribution of drugs.

    Last week, a two-day trial resulted in a hung jury in state District Court. Judge Eugenio Mathis said he wouldn’t be able to hold the next trial until July at the earliest.

    Flores said he felt compelled to try the matter again because families are ruined by drug use and sales.

  • Program called ‘dumping ground’

    In-school detention at Robertson High School has become a “dumping ground,” and changes should be made, a top official says.

    Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, said he wants to seek the input from teachers and administrators to make the program more effective, possibly instituting a Saturday school.

    “We seriously need to evaluate how the program is used and how it can be used,” Romero said.

  • Kids told about DWI dangers

    San Miguel County DWI administrative assistant Gina Medina takes the “Protecting You, Protecting Me” program to area schools, with a lesson focusing on the deadly situation called “drinking while intoxicated.”

    The program is once a week for two months.

  • Miss Teen Las Vegas named

    Amber Lynn Lucero is the 2009 Miss Teen Las Vegas, and Devon Briana Rogers is the alternate in the Miss Teen Pageant at West Las Vegas High School on Saturday.

    Mistress of ceremonies Miss Las Vegas Stacy K. Romero announced the winner who will go on to compete in the state competition in June.

    “I feel really excited. This has been a fun learning experience and I will never forget this moment,” said Lucero, a West Las Vegas junior. She said she wants to go to UCLA after graduation to study to become a doctor.

  • City e-mails may break law

    The mayor and City Council members have been exchanging e-mails about city business, a practice that may violate the state’s open meetings law.

    According to the state Open Meetings act, all meetings of policymaking bodies such as the City Council held for the purpose of discussing public business, or taking any action within the authority of that body, are public meetings, subject to certain well-defined exceptions.

    Such meetings are public and are to be held publicly and with reasonable advance notice to the public.