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  • Chamber, hotelier in dispute

    A prominent local businessman is criticizing the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, saying its advertising strategy isn’t effective.

    In a letter to chamber President Matt Martinez, Wid Slick of the Plaza Hotel urged the chamber last month to buy a full-page advertisement in the New Mexico Magazine Vacation Guide. The publication would give the city visibility with 650,000 print copies and 2.5 million Internet hits, he said.

    Once the chamber puts tracking mechanisms on its web site, the guide will be the biggest source of leads, Slick said.

  • Assault charge thrown out

    Charges against a Las Vegas man have been dismissed in response to a legal motion alleging misconduct by the prosecution.

    Richard Encinias, 28, had been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, having allegedly veered his car toward that of Ben Bencomo in an attempt to run him off the road.

    The motion to dismiss specifies two areas of misconduct — vindictive prosecution and withholding of exculpatory evidence, which tends to disprove guilt.

  • Don Cecilio renovation ends

    Everything is brighter in the newly renovated classrooms at Don Cecilio Elementary School. The light reflects off the shiny wood floors, desks and faces of the children.

    Each classroom has what amounts to a wall of windows. Many rooms have indoor plants growing along the window ledges.

    Built as North Public, Don Cecilio was a well-built and sturdy structure, almost like a fortress. But after eight months of renovation, what was a dark, dank and depressing building has become a shinny, new and pleasant place of learning.    

  • Mora deputy trades shots with suspect

    A Mora County sheriff’s deputy exchanged gunfire with a suspect Friday night, and then the suspect rammed the deputy’s car head on, officials said.

    Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova said a rookie deputy, David Cordova, along with state police officers, was responding to a report of domestic violence in Buena Vista. The deputy met up with the car driven by the suspect, Richard Sawyer, on N.M. Highway 518.

  • City increases water restrictions

    The city is increasing its water use restrictions as its water supplies continue to drop.

    Starting Monday, residents can only water one day a week. Outdoor water is allowed on Mondays at even-numbered addresses and Tuesdays at odd-numbered addresses. Watering hours are 6-10 a.m. and 6-10 p.m.

    This is what is required under Stage 2 water restrictions, which can be enacted without the involvement of the City Council.

    As was the case before, car washing isn’t allowed at home.

  • Leaders oppose Luna plan

    If Luna Community College officials thought getting approval from the state Public Education Commission for their proposed charter school was just a formality, they had a rude awakening at a hearing last week.

    While Luna Community College President Pete Campos, a number of college employees and a few parents spoke in favor of the proposed new Luna Charter Academy, just about every superintendent in northeastern New Mexico lined up against it.

  • City seeks to solve parking problem

    The city of Las Vegas is pushing a proposal to deal with parking problems near Robertson High School.

    Residents near the school have complained that students parking near their houses are creating disturbances. Robertson officials say they have enough parking on campus, but many students still choose to park on nearby streets.

  • East sees another decline in students

    Enrollment is down districtwide at the Las Vegas City Schools, officials said.

    Associate Superintendent LeeEtte Quintana told school board members at a recent meeting that after the third day of school, total enrollment was 1,968.

    “That is down by 122 students at this same time last year,” Quintana told the board.

    Board member Patrick Romero asked, “Where did they go?”

  • Man accused of attacking another

    A man was so intoxicated, a Las Vegas police officer took him home, authorities said. Later, the man was arrested on charges of attacking another.

    Around 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16, state police were called to Sheridan Road to respond to the reported attack.

    The victim, Julian Weathers, told officers that when Jessie P. Atencio, 35, of Las Vegas arrived home, he asked Weathers and Weathers’ godson to get his motorcycle down the road, according to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

  • Panel wants council powers curtailed

    Members of a city panel say they want to curtail the powers of the mayor and City Council in the city’s new constitution, so the governing body doesn’t get out of control.

    Last week, an attorney recommended the Charter Commission think twice before being too restrictive with the council, saying such plans could backfire.

    The commission has drafted a 30-page city charter and hopes to get it before the voters in the March municipal election. The council would need to approve it first.