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  • Official questions holiday schedule

    West Las Vegas schools board member Kenny Lujan called a recent vote by the district’s 12-month employees “un-American” after a majority decided on a calendar that would exclude Veterans Day as a paid holiday.

    Lujan was the lone no vote on accepting the 2009 calendar at the board’s recent meeting, as members Christine Ludi, Gary Gold, Caroline Lopez and David Romero sided with the wishes of the administrative staff, which includes secretaries, maintenance, custodians and main office staff. 

  • Group: City parks understaffed

    Las Vegas’ parks department is understaffed compared with other towns, which is unfair to city employees, the chairman of a local group said last week.

    “Las Vegas asks its parks people to do about 20 times the work that other cities ask,” John Spencer, the chairman of the Las Vegas Tree Board, told the City Council at its regular meeting. “These guys are great, but they aren’t superheroes.”

  • DWI suspect hurt in crash

    A man was charged with drunken driving when his car overturned, rolling over him after he was ejected, state police said.

    Ricky Gomez, 30, of Rociada was charged with his fourth DWI and careless driving, among other violations, according to a criminal complaint filed in state Magistrate Court.

  • DA says he wasn’t told about incident

    District Attorney  Richard Flores said his office didn’t know about reports of an abusive incident at the county jail when charges against the alleged victim were dropped in exchange for a letter of apology.

    In a Wednesday interview, Flores said his office conditioned dismissal of the charges against Bernadette Varela on receipt of a letter of apology at the request of Las Vegas police Sgt. Martin Salazar.

  • HOMETOWN HEROES: Couple end long careers in education

    Between them, Josephine and Don Romero have given 65 years to educating children, mostly in the Las Vegas area.

    Josephine will leave her post as West Las Vegas Middle School principal after 32 years in education, and Don spent 34 years in music education. Through the years, the couple have received local, state and national honors.

    Don’s transition into civilian life has been made easier because he finds an open-door policy at the band room on the west campus that is named after his father.

  • Officials question expenses

    West Las Vegas school board members questioned recently what they called “extravagant” spending related to recent trips.

    Board member Kenny Lujan asked about an expenditure at the Hyatt Regency’s exclusive Tamaya Resort, which is in the Albuquerque area.

    “With budget restraints, we need to start looking at where and how we are spending money (for these kinds of trips),” Lujan said.

    Looking at a line item in the budget, Lujan noted there were also more days spent at the resort than the days of the actual workshop.

  • Postmaster is target of petition

    Hundreds of residents want to send a message — one that doesn’t require postage.

    A total of 308 people have signed a petition for the removal, transfer or termination of Las Vegas Postmaster Alberta Ellis. The petition calls Ellis “abusive, disrespectful, unprofessional and derelict in her duty.”

  • West focuses on green projects

    When West Las Vegas High School students turn on the ignition switch of a 1970 Porsche 914 they have been working on this year, there is silence.

    That’s because the sports car is powered by six 12-volt batteries that will accelerate to a cruising speed of 60-80 mph and get around 80 miles per charge.

    Teacher Kirk Ludi said more batteries can be installed for greater power and range, and plugs into a regular outlet. He said students completely replaced the gasoline motor with an electric motor.

  • Rancher says county owes him

    Trementina rancher Lawrence Lujan contends he has lost two cows because San Miguel County hasn’t maintained a cattle guard near his property. He wants the county to pay up.

    Last year, he wrote a letter to the county detailing the problems with cattle guards in his area. He said dirt builds up underneath them, which makes his cattle believe that they can walk on them. When they do, they get their legs caught, breaking them and making them useless for his ranching operation.

    It happened twice on Lujan’s ranch last year, he contends.

  • Jail: Cop abused woman

    A number of jailers have filed reports stating that a Las Vegas police officer threatened to hurt a woman when he was booking her into the jail. Jailers said she had already been injured before her arrival.

    Several of the reports quote Las Vegas police Officer Martin Salazar as saying to the jailers, “Get this (expletive deleted) good for nothing piece of s--- out of my car before I hurt her.”