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  • Voters headed to polls Tuesday

    Las Vegas voters will head to the polls Tuesday to choose a mayor and Ward 3 City Council member and determine how much council members and the mayor should make.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the city running the election.

    According to the city clerk’s office, 405 people had voted early as of late Friday morning. That’s far less than two years ago, but then, four council seats were contested.

  • BPA members headed to nationals

    Las Vegas will be well represented at the Business Professionals of America National Competition in Reno, Nev., in May.

    Robertson High School and Memorial Middle School students will join the large contingent from West Las Vegas at the BPA nationals.

    BPA adviser Diane Maes said in the last few years, there has been more interest in the chapter from students at the middle and high school.

  • University appoints vice presidents

    New Mexico Highlands President Jim Fries has a appointed a vice president of academic affairs and a vice president of finance and administration.

    Gilbert Rivera, who served as the university’s interim vice president for academic affairs during the previous year, was selected to permanently fill the position.

    “It’s been a pleasure working at New Mexico Highlands, and I look forward to a strong future,” Rivera said.

  • West BPA does well at state event

    In 2007, the West Las Vegas Middle School Business Professionals of America returned home with medals from state and national competitions. This year, the students had a clean sweep at the state competition, winning all 11 events.

    BPA adviser Brian Gurul was named the state adviser and will sit on the board of directors. Last year, he was named BPA Adviser of the Year.

    This year, even Gurul didn’t expect such accomplishments from his students.

  • State police focus on seat belts

    State police officers issued 72 seat-belt and six child restraint citations in an operation last week, an official said.

    On the night of Feb. 20, the state police held a three-hour operation on the four-lane portion of Seventh Street. The operation, like a similar one in early December, focused on seat-belt and child restraint violators.

    The operation also yielded 20 citations for other offenses, as well as five arrests for outstanding warrants and revoked licenses, state police said.

  • Voters head to polls — where to vote

    Las Vegas voters will head to the polls Tuesday to choose a mayor and Ward 3 City Council member and determine how much council members and the mayor should make.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the city running the election.

    According to the city clerk's office, 105 people had voted early as of late Friday morning. That's far less than two years ago, but then, four council seats were contested.

  • Candidates want poll watchers

    All five candidates in the Ward 3 City Council race have signed a petition asking for poll watchers and challengers to be on hand for Tuesday’s election.

    Under state law, a petition containing the signatures of a majority of candidates gives them the right to designate poll watchers and challengers.

    Candidate Andrew Feldman drafted the petition document, and he came up with the names for the poll watchers and challengers. His opponents, Joey Herrera, Henry A. Sanchez, Luis Ortiz and Max Trujillo, signed on Wednesday.

  • Builder to enter race for state rep

    Local general contractor Travis Regensberg ran against state Rep. Richard Vigil six years ago and lost.

    Now he’s giving it another try.

    Regensberg, 42, announced this week that he is running as a Democrat for the District 70 state representative seat. The district includes Las Vegas, the Valley and other rural areas in San Miguel County as well as the eastern portion of Torrance County.

  • Bridge school prepares for its closure

    With less than four months before the end of the school year, Bridge Academy is preparing to shut down for good.

    “I don’t know if the City Schools has ever been involved in the closing of a school, but for me it’s a very significant issue. I’m proud to be a part of it — it wasn’t very pleasant at first, but it’s something that has to be done,” Ruben Cordova, the academy’s director, told the Las Vegas City Schools board last week.

    In November, the board rejected Bridge’s charter.

  • Council looks at home program

    In its last meeting before next week’s election, the City Council on Wednesday looked at the progress of the housing authority’s homeownership program.

    Councilman Macario Gonzalez said the city has waited years for the start of the homeownership program, urging the city to do what it could to launch it.