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  • Mora Co. says it's not involved

    Courts sentence people convicted of crimes, not county governments.

    Still, Miguel Martinez, Mora County’s interim manager, felt the need to clarify the situation involving the recent conviction of Clifford Gutierrez, 34, of Cleveland, N.M., which is in Mora County. The man was sentenced for inappropriately touching seven underage victims.

  • City can regulate size of campaign signs, attorney says

    Las Vegas has long had an ordinance on the books regulating the size of campaign signs. But it hasn’t been enforced because a former city attorney apparently deemed in unconstitutional.

    But the new city attorney, Carlos Quinones, disagrees altogether. After doing some research, he said he has found that it’s constitutional for a community to regulate campaign sign sizes.

    The current ordinance prohibits signs larger than 6 square feet in residential neighborhoods and those more than 32 square feet in nonresidential zones.

  • Resident questions rates for city utility

    Las Vegas resident Robert Jones only used around 800 gallons of water last month. But he was charged for a whopping 8,000 gallons of sewage.

    Under city sewer rate rules, that’s business as usual. But to Jones, who has lived at his Rosenwald Street house for only a month, it’s nothing short of outrageous.

  • Union backers take to the streets

    More than 50 protesters on Thursday took a message to the front doors of the hospital: “Negotiate now.”

    The group, which included Alta Vista Regional Hospital employees, demonstrated starting at 11 a.m. at all four corners of Las Vegas’ busiest intersection — Seventh Street and Mills Avenue.

    Many of the cars passing by honked their horns in support throughout the lunch hour. Many demonstrators held yellow union flags; others waved signs with messages such as “People before profits” and “Appreciate-negotiate.”

  • Luna to improve city park

    Luna Community College this week approved an agreement with the city and a local Little League for Luna’s softball team to play at a city park, but officials aren’t exactly sure how they’ll pay for improvements to the field.

    The city signed off on the agreement last week, and La Plaza Little League officials are happy with it.

    Luna is forming a softball team, which is expected to start playing at Rodriguez Park next school year.

  • Man sentenced in home invasion case

    A man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for invading a home last year, the district attorney said.

    On Aug. 28, Robert Sandoval was convicted on a charge of aggravated battery, a second-degree felony, and was sentenced to five years of supervised probation, District Attorney Richard Flores said in a statement. Georgia Vigil was also sentenced in the case, Flores said.

  • College delays salary hikes

    Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved the school’s annual budget but held off on pay increases for employees.

    Luna officials have been crafting a salary plan that would address inequities among employees. However, Sigfredo Maestas, Luna’s interim president, recommended to the trustees that they delay until January a pay plan that would cost the school an additional $430,000 annually.

  • Snow brings spring mushrooms

    The dip between the cut monolith of Hermit’s Peak drips with moisture this time of year, the ground swollen with melted snow, mist clinging to each budding leaf each time clouds gather around the hermit’s cave.

    The mountain feels alive. Pine trees burst skyward with new growth. Tiny yellow and purple flowers dot sunny secret corners protected from the wind by resting rocks. And mushrooms begin to peek from underneath the thick cover of forest floor, mushrooms in strange shapes and colors, some as thin and wide as dinner plates, some sturdy and scalloped.

  • Dorms OK'd; neighbors critical

    Highlands University hasn’t had new dorms since the 1960s. That’s likely to change.

    The Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to allow the closure of Washington Street to make a planned residence hall a reality. That’s the last procedural hurdle for Highlands to clear before construction.

    The council’s decision followed about an hour of criticism from nearby residents, who complained that Highlands failed to involve the public in its planning. A top university official apologized.

  • Police: Man has gun in bar

    Guns aren’t allowed in bars, but that didn’t stop a Las Vegas man last Friday, city police said.

    When police got a call about a disturbance at Joe’s Ringside, an officer dealing with an unruly crowd heard someone pulling the slide back on a gun, according to court documents filed in Magistrate Court.

    The officer turned around and identified the sound as coming from Walter Maes, 20, 1003 Tecolote, documents state. Maes then started walking way, with his hands concealed, officers said.