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  • Former manager's secretary sues city

    A former secretary with the city is suing her former employer, alleging breach of contract and wrongful retaliatory discharge.

    Pearl Maes, who worked for the city from 2000 to 2006, filed a lawsuit in June naming the city of Las Vegas as a defendant.

    In the lawsuit, Maes, represented by Albuquerque attorney Gilbert Vigil, alleges that she always accomplished her “overwhelming workload” as the secretary to the city manager. But she contends that she was subjected to a “hostile and intimidating work environment.”

  • Family gives $75,000 for memorial

    The Las Vegas City Schools received a $75,000 check on Monday from a local family to help pay for the district’s memorial in honor of those who died in a drunken-driving crash two years ago.

    Members of the Gonzales family, who lost loved ones in the crash, submitted the check to Superintendent Rick Romero. The money will pay for a sizable portion of the Robertson High School project, he said.

  • Fair Fun

    Fairgoers could smell the chile cooking as contestants prepared their special recipes for the chile cookoff, the Blue Ribbon Wranglers were keeping score at the mud volleyball pit and watermelon seeds were flying during the watermelon eating contest — just a few of the activities taking place at the 35th Annual San Miguel-Mora County Fair.

    “It was a great fair. I think it’s probably the best fair during the seven years I’ve been president,” fair board President Kenny Zamora said, adding that the crowd was bigger than it has been in several years.

  • Call center firm looking for Las Vegas employees

    Las Vegas’ new call center aims to hire 150 full-time and 150 part-time workers over the next three years, officials said last week.

    Results-Las Vegas expects to open its local operation by mid-September.

    Applications for jobs are available at Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation at 614 Eighth St. and the Workforce Connection at 300 S. Grand Ave.

    Officials said the company plans to pay employees $8.50 an hour, with bonuses for performance. Results-Las Vegas is owned by Nevada-based Paramount Multi Services LLC.

  • Status of water rules questioned

    The city has no plans to go off heightened water restrictions anytime soon, although one councilman wondered why that was the case.

    City Councilman Morris Madrid said residents have asked him why the city is still on stiffer rules after robust rainfall and reservoirs nearly full.

    “Is there any relief for us in the near future?” he asked at last week’s council meeting.

  • City to collect on utility accounts

    If you have a past-due utilities bill with the city, you may be getting a call. And it won’t be from the city.

    The City Council voted last week to enter into an agreement with a third-party collection agency, Albuquerque-based Advantage Group.

    George DuFour, the city’s utilities director, told the council that the company would be attempting to collect 967 past-due accounts, amounting to $256,000.

  • Ex-conservative pastor comes out

    Years ago, Christian Garrett founded a conservative Christian church in Las Vegas and he preached that homosexuality was a sin.

    Now he’s returned to Las Vegas a different guy: He’s come out as gay, and he doesn’t consider it a bad thing.

    The 40-year-old isn’t shy about telling his story.

    In 1999, he formed the New Life Christian Church in Las Vegas. It started with 24 members, and within a year, that number rose by a hundred more.

  • Man shot at party; another arrested

    A Las Vegas man was shot early Thursday morning at a house party after he and his friends spent the night at the bar, police said.

    Armando Martinez, 25, 703 Kathryn Drive, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, tampering with evidence and false imprisonment.

    The victim, Steve Marquez, was allegedly shot at Martinez’s house.

    Officers got a call around 4 a.m. about shots heard near Kathryn and Seventh Street, but they found nothing.

  • Councilman: Employees have phobia

    City Councilman Cruz Roybal contends that city employees are developing a phobia of talking to elected officials.

    “I used to freely talk with employees. Now people are afraid of council members,” Roybal said at this week’s council meeting. “How can we not allow people to talk with me?”

    He said that while a gag order may have been imposed on city employees, that won’t stop him from talking with people he has known for much of his life.

    “We are family here, vecinos, primos. That’s our culture,” he said.

  • Lee roundabout called 'hideous'

    Residents on Lee Drive wanted traffic to slow down on their street, and the city put a roundabout on Lee at Kierig Street as a result.

    But some aren’t happy with the finished product, which has resulted in a bunch of yield, wrong-way, one-way and pedestrian signs in a small area.

    Councilwoman Diane Moore, who represents the neighborhood, noted at this week’s council meeting that there are 15 signs at the roundabout. Actually, there’s 16, but one of them is down.