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  • Group: 90 new jobs created in 2007

    Las Vegas’ main economic development organization reports that it helped bring 90 jobs to town in 2007, amounting to an estimated $5 million annual infusion into the local economy.

    Sharon Caballero, executive director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, brought the news to the City Council on Wednesday.

  • Long lines for Democrats

    San Miguel County residents waited in long lines to vote in the Democratic caucus Tuesday, with some just giving up and not voting.

    According to the results, New York Sen. Hillary Clinton won with more than 60 percent of the vote in Mora and San Miguel counties. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama got nearly all the rest of the votes.

    Statewide, Obama and Clinton were locked in a tight race, with 98 percent of precincts reporting.

  • Health reform measures compared

    Two health-care reform bills are under consideration by the state Legislature. The following are summaries of both bills:

    Health Security Act for New Mexicans (HB 214):

    • Establishes a cooperative New Mexico health insurance plan that would cover all New Mexicans with the exception of federal retirees, active duty military and retired military. The tribes as sovereign nations may choose to join the plan. Employer self-funded plans, also known as ERISA plans, would also have the option to join the plan.

  • Joint-use parking lot planned

    The Las Vegas City Council today will consider an agreement with a credit union for a joint-use parking lot on city land.

    State Employees Credit Union is planning an expansion that will deal with a large amount of customer traffic.

    The city and the credit union have drafted a lease agreement that would give the credit union use of the nearby city riverwalk land for parking in exchange for $150,000 in improvements to the property in question. The land has been appraised at $52,000.

  • Agency: District corrects problem

    West Las Vegas has corrected problems with its last area of deficiency in the Head Start program, according to the federal government.

    Patricia Brown, acting director of the federal Office of Head Start, notified the school district in December that it now is complying with regulations related to nutrition services.

    “(Director) Joseph Griego has brought us in full compliance. I’m very happy with the work he and the staff have been doing. We’re in great shape,” West Superintendent Jim Abreu said.

  • Youth panel questions police plan

    Members of a youth panel on Monday expressed concerns with an effort to put officers in the schools, despite the police chief’s arguments in favor of campus security.

    The Las Vegas Youth Commission, a city entity, took up the issue at its monthly meeting, with more than 30 people in the audience at the city’s recreation center.

  • Sex crimes suspect gets 9th DWI

    A man accused of sexual crimes was arrested last month for the ninth time on a charge of drunken driving.

    Jose Leroy Valdez, 50, of Las Vegas was charged with DWI; resisting, evading and obstructing officers; failing to give immediate notice of an accident; and careless driving.

    According to state police, officers responded to a crash with injuries on Seventh Street and Dora Celeste Drive.

  • Students take part in cultural event

    Students from the United World College put on a show that was part song, dance, comedy and political statement as they presented “This is Africa” during African National Day 2008.

    The large audience enjoyed the always-popular dance titled “Gumboots,” where dancers dressed in coveralls rhythmically slap knee-high rubber boots. The skit “AIDS Monologues” called attention to the plight of HIV in Africa and Angolan dancers performed a lively number.

  • Officials: Make Las Vegas more inviting

    A few years ago, a magazine writer wanted to interview Elmer Martinez, the city’s community development director, by phone. She had already visited Las Vegas.

    The trouble: She hadn’t gone beyond Grand Avenue.

    As such, Martinez said he wouldn’t have the interview with the writer until she came by Las Vegas and toured its historic downtown areas. She took him up on the offer and realized that her story wouldn’t have been complete without Martinez’s advice.

  • Officers plan criticized

    Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said some people are opposing the city’s efforts to lobby state lawmakers for money to pay for officers to work in both local school districts.

    He said he would try to address concerns at the monthly meeting of the city’s Youth Commission at 6 p.m. today at the recreation center. Joann Marquez of the city’s community development department said some of the youth members had questions about the proposal.

    “They want to know how it’s going to affect them,” she said.