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  • Council to decide Du Four’s future

    It’s pretty clear that Mayor Tony Marquez wants to get rid of Utilities Director George Du Four.

    Now, all he needs is a city manager who will make such a recommendation.

    Late last month, Marquez placed Du Four on unpaid leave until Wednesday’s City Council meeting, in which members would decide the director’s fate.

    But the city charter requires that a dismissal or appointment of a director be on the recommendation of the city manager.

  • Five vying to become manager

    The city is looking at five candidates for city manager, a position the mayor is hoping to fill quickly.

    Las Vegas resident Barbara Perea Casey, a former superintendent of West Las Vegas schools, had been on the list but she withdrew.  There are no local residents among the finalists.

    The Mercer Group Inc., a nationwide recruiting firm, presented the names of the finalists to Mayor Tony Marquez over the weekend. The mayor has said he wants a candidate with municipal government experience, which the five remaining finalists have.

  • Program sends actors to check liquor store compliance

    A local program has sent actors to liquor stores to determine whether the retailers are following state law.  

    The Responsible Retailing Forum Prevention Program has been in effect for a few months in Las Vegas.

    This project is not connected to law enforcement and is not meant to entrap establishments or staff — rather results are to be used as educational feedback for participating establishments, according to a press release.  

  • Mora project delayed again, has been subject of disputes

    The project to build a multi-purpose field at Mora High School has been delayed once again.

    The Mora school board has terminated the contract with Bosque Farms-based Lone Mountain Contracting Inc. out of frustration over the lack of progress and quality and the inability to agree on what should happen next, said Dora Romero, the district’s superintendent.

    This is the second time the project has experienced a major delay.

  • Voters to decide on bond issues

    During Tuesday’s school board elections, voters will also decide on four-year general obligation bonds for infrastructure improvements.

    If approved, there would be no tax increases. However, if the bond issues fail, taxes will go down.

    The West Las Vegas School district is asking voters to approve a $5 million bond that would be in effect for four years, while at Las Vegas City Schools, the aggregate principal amount would not exceed $8 million.

  • DA eyes deal with inmate

    Gilberto Reyes has been in the county jail for 13 months without getting his day in court — and that has led some to question whether he is getting his constitutional right to a speedy trial.

    Now, the district attorney says his office is trying to find a way to resolve this case earlier than the trial scheduled for late February.

  • School board elections Tuesday

    Voters will go to the polls around the area Tuesday to vote in school board elections.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    For West Las Vegas, Michael Adams, David G. Romero and John Trujillo are vying for Position 4, while incumbent Christine Ludi is fending off three opponents for Position 5, Manuel Lucero, Jose Salazar and Yvette Arellanes.

    Longtime West board member Ralph Garcia isn’t running for another term.

  • College night draws record crowd

    A record crowd estimated at just over 500 people attended the 10th annual College Night last week to learn about making the successful transition to college life at New Mexico Highlands University or Luna Community College, primary sponsors for the event.

    Jenny Arguello of the Highlands recruitment office organized the event, noting there were also a record number of information tables, with each college staffing more than 40 tables.

  • East candidates differ from West’s

    Answers to a number of questions from Las Vegas City School’s board candidates were in stark contrast to their counterparts running for office in the West Las Vegas district.

    The biggest difference came with the often-asked question about administrative consolidation of the two districts. Most West candidates in a forum Tuesday said they do not support the idea, but East candidates said it was worth consideration. If it ever happened, it would most likely be the voters who would decide, most said.

  • Mayor needs manager's help to fire Du Four

    If the City Council dismisses Utilities Director George Du Four, it’ll need to do it upon the recommendation of the city manager.

    That’s according to the city charter.

    Last week, Mayor Tony Marquez placed Du Four on unpaid leave until Wednesday’s City Council meeting, in which he said the council would decide whether to keep the director.

    Marquez has not stated the reasons for his action, either to the public or the council members themselves.