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  • 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.

  • City hires two to help with utilities

    Mayor Tony Marquez this week has appointed two people to help manager the city’s utilities department.

    This decision comes just days after he placed Utilities Director George Du Four on unpaid leave. The City Council is expected to vote next week whether to keep Du Four.

    Marquez has appointed Ken Garcia, who has 20 years in utility management, and Robert Tafoya, who has served as an engineering technical supervisor with the city before retiring after many years of service, according to a city press release.

  • Five vying for positions on East board

    Five candidates are competing for the Las Vegas City Schools board in Tuesday’s election.

    The candidates running for Position 1 are incumbent Philip Leger, Matt Martinez and Gabriel Lucero. Vying for Position 2 are incumbent Elaine Luna and Pamela Daves. Teresa Gray’s name is on the ballot for Position 2, but she said she is no longer running.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on poll locations, call the county clerk’s office at 425-9331.

  • Girl called model student, citizen

    Christina Padilla is like a lot of children in Las Vegas — bright, happy and engaged. And she’s involved in plenty of activities.

    Don and Geri Padilla have two children, Aaron and Christina, and regularly encourage them in their activities, including their studies.

  • Attorney warns mayor

    An attorney for local businessman Carlos Gallegos is warning Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez not to make any more “disparaging or defamatory” comments about his client.

    “Apparently your comments have been made in an effort to deflect attention from your own shortcomings during your petty political infighting with your City Council and administrators,” Albuquerque attorney Sam Bregman wrote in a letter to Marquez dated Wednesday.

  • No agency taking responsibility

    The railroad crossing north of town, where Michael Esquibel lost his life Jan. 15, is arguably a hazard to motorists.

    More to the point, it is a hazard for which no one is taking direct responsibility. And most officials believe it’s someone else’s job.

    The Rio Arriba Road crossing, which provides local access to both the city of Las Vegas’ solid waste transfer station and to the Ride to Pride program for youth, is roughly 500 yards from the Interstate 25 overpass. From the crossing, the train tracks are not visible past that point.  

  • Seven competing for seats on the West board

    Seven candidates are competing for the West Las Vegas school board in Tuesday’s election.

    The candidates running for Position 4 are Michael Adams, David G. Romero and John Trujillo. Vying for Position 5 are incumbent Christine Ludi, Manuel Lucero, Jose R. Salazar and Yvette Arellanes.

    Longtime board member Ralph Garcia’s term is ending, but he decided not to run again after three decades on the board.

    The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on poll locations, call the county clerk’s office at 425-9331.