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  • State auditor ‘greatly concerned’

    State Auditor Hector Balderas said last week that he was “greatly concerned” that he had not received a final audit report on the city’s utility billing practices.

    Balderas also said he considered “unprofessional delay and premature disclosures” both violations of the state Audit Act.

    “It is my expectation that this report will be provided to my office without further delay,” Balderas said in a letter to the city and its auditing firm, Albuquerque-based Accounting and Consulting Group.

  • City police crack down on parking in downtown areas

    Connie Kemm went to the Plaza Hotel to have lunch with a co-worker last week. When they left, she found an orange marking on her tire.

    That marking signaled the city’s new effort to check whether motorists are parking for more than 90 minutes in downtown areas.

    Kemm didn’t get a ticket because she stayed there for less than the time limit. But she wasn’t happy with the marking.

    “I was annoyed that anyone would mark my tire while it was parked in a legal parking area,” she said.

  • Agency targets Alta Vista

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has yet to recognize a union that represents its employees, more than two years after it was voted in.

    This week, the two sides met in the county courthouse before a federal hearing officer to hash out differences surrounding the firing of an employee. The attorneys for Alta Vista’s parent company, Community Health Systems Inc., conceded to some of the union’s contentions.

  • East official fights for spouse

    Jay Quintana, who was fired as a Robertson High School teacher this week, has a prominent backer in the school district — his wife, Associate Superintendent LeeEtte Quintana, who is second in command.

    Recently, LeeEtte Quintana has reportedly been circulating a petition in support of her husband, who has also served as golf coach.

  • Attorney: Officials broke the rules

    The city attorney on Wednesday accused two City Council members of breaking the rules during recent meetings. And he urged passage of a resolution to firm up the regulations for the council.

    City Attorney Carlos Quiñones was referring to council members Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore, both of whom have been critical of Mayor Tony Marquez’s administration.

  • District fires RHS teacher

    The East school district fired Robertson High School teacher Jay Quintana this week, six months after he was placed on paid leave as the result of allegations of having sex with a student, the district’s leader confirmed.

    “The district has served Jay Quintana with a notice of discharge,” said Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools district. “Obviously, there was considerable conversation with our attorneys and with the gentleman who performed the investigation for our district.”

  • Utilities are top heavy, Moore says

    Councilwoman Diane Moore said the city’s utilities department is becoming top heavy, asking the city to do more for its lower-level employees.

    The city recently added the position of customer service manager for the utilities department, and Utilities Director Ken Garcia on Wednesday asked for another new position, water resources manager, who would seek new water sources.

    “It would be nice if some of the efforts would be for the field staff,” Moore said during a council meeting.

    Councilman Andrew Feldman agreed.

  • Ex-West official gets probation

    SANTA FE — A judge has sentenced the former bilingual coordinator for the West Las Vegas schools to three years on probation and ordered her to repay $13,856 in bilingual education funds to the district.

    State District Judge Stephen Pfeffer on Monday sentenced 48-year-old Roberta Vigil, who was convicted in May of fraud over $2,500 and conspiracy to commit fraud over $2,500.

    Vigil is the wife of state Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera.

  • Serafina woman dies in crash

    A Serafina woman was killed when the vehicle she was in crashed.

    Carole Eagen-Floyd, 70, was pronounced dead at the site of the crash.  

    State police officers were alerted to a single-car crash around 11 p.m. Saturday. The crash occurred in the northbound lanes of Interstate 25 near Ilfeld.

    The officers’ investigation has revealed that David Floyd, 56, was driving a 2000 Dodge Neon north on Interstate 25 when the left rear tire blew out.

  • Power goes out in much of Vegas

    Power went out in a large section of Las Vegas early Monday morning.

    The outage affected more than 2,100 customers between Mills Avenue, East University Avenue, New Mexico Avenue and N.M. Highway 283, according to Public Service Company of New Mexico, Las Vegas’ electric utility.

    Kevin Fuller, a PNM spokesman, said the outage appears to have resulted from a problem with a line. But he said the utility hadn’t determined the exact cause.