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  • Students create page for agency

    West Las Vegas high school students in Kirk Ludi’s class are not only learning about web design, they are actually creating a professional web page for the Department of Health’s Region 2.

    Diana Abeyta, a community health improvement coordinator with the department, said her region encompasses nine counties in the northeastern part of the state. When she took her current position in August, she realized that two of the nine counties she oversaw didn’t have websites.

  • Police ID man killed in crash

    Authorities have identified the man who died from injuries while chasing another car early Friday morning.

    Frank Romero, 26, of Albuquerque, was trying to pass two women in another car in the 500 block of Chavez Street when he struck three parked cars. He knew one of the women, police said. Romero reportedly got into a dispute with the woman somewhere else in town.

    Romero, formerly of Las Vegas, was a self-employed landscaper.

  • Teenager hurt in shooting at party

    City police are investigating a shooting that happened at a party early Sunday morning.

    A 16-year-old was hurt in the shooting, but police wouldn’t divulge where he was hit, saying that revealing such information at this point could compromise the investigation.

    Police said that two men were asked to leave a party at 314 11th St. on Saturday night. The men returned around 1 a.m. and fired shots at the house, hitting the 16-year-old, who was inside.

  • Paying customers get gas shut off

    In recent months, the city has enacted measures to prevent winter shutoffs of natural gas to those who can’t afford the big bills all at once.

    But what about those who can pay?

    City officials acknowledged this week that they have shut off gas to some customers who paid their bills on time, but they didn’t give the number affected.

    Apparently, the utilities department had a backlog in its mail, so payments had been sitting around unopened.

  • Speeding sheriff now charged with DWI

    SANTA ROSA — In late July, a reporter witnessed Guadalupe County Sheriff Robert Chavez going 85 mph from Mora to Las Vegas. The speed limit was 60 mph.

    Apparently, he’s not a strict follower of the laws when it comes to driving.

    Last week, Chavez was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after being arrested Dec. 12 by state police.

  • Management team runs City Hall

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez thought he had an interim city manager. It turned out that wasn’t the case.

    After City Manager Sharon Caballero resigned Friday, Marquez said his plan was to ask Community Developer Director Elmer Martinez to take Caballero’s place temporarily. In an e-mail Tuesday, the mayor stated that Martinez was the interim manager.

    Apparently, Martinez wasn’t keen on that idea.

  • Council members debate contract

    Members of the City Council last week debated over whether to give business to the city’s longtime engineering firm — a discussion that touched on the controversy over a more than $1 million state grant.

    The City Council was first asked to decide on whether to allow Albuquerque-based Molzen-Corbin and Associates to continue work on a dam safety project.

    City staffers said the firm had already performed $5,000 worth of work for the project, including site visits and research.

  • City must make Grand Ave. choice

    A consulting firm is advancing two options for the city’s efforts to beautify Grand Avenue — four lanes or two lanes.

    A merchants group, meanwhile, is proposing a three-lane compromise.

    Representatives of the Albuquerque branch of Gannett Fleming West Inc., hired by the state Transportation Department, presented its proposals to the City Council last week. The project is for Grand from National Avenue to Tilden Street.

  • Plaza unveils decorative ornaments

    As the outline of a familiar superhero appeared in the dark night sky above the Charles Ilfeld Building, the new addition to the Plaza Hotel, Estevan Madrid turned to his pal Christopher Chavez and said, “Batman can do anything!”

    Madrid and Chavez were in the crowd for the unveiling of the finials, or decorative ornaments atop the Ilfeld annex Saturday night.

    Innkeeper Wid Slick said it was a turn-of-the century photograph that clued him into the fact that the architecture included the finials.

  • Padilla denies any dealings

    San Miguel County Commissioner Albert Padilla said he has had no dealings with Invenergy, a Chicago-based company that is planning wind turbines in the Bernal area.

    At a County Commission meeting last week, Gloria Gonzales, a group of residents who want more restrictions on wind farms, said she understood that Padilla may be working on a lease agreement with Invenergy.

    Padilla, who wasn’t at the commission meeting, said that wasn’t the case and that Gonzales may be confusing him with another Albert Padilla.