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  • Police say Fiestas went smoothly

    City police responded to a greater number of calls than usual over the weekend, but that is typical during Fiestas de Las Vegas, an official said Monday.

    “Our normal calls doubled. They were handled smoothly, but there is nothing huge to report,” Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said. “It wasn’t a bad weekend.”

    Gold said the police received a number of calls of fights on Bridge Street and at least one report of a man who was publicly drunk in Plaza Park — all of which was in the area of Fiestas.

  • Officials pushing dam project

    Las Vegas officials promise that they — not lawyers — will be guiding water policy in the future.

    As such, Mayor Tony Marquez and Councilman Andrew Feldman are pushing for a study to determine the feasibility of a proposed hydroelectric project on the Gallinas River. The estimated cost: $46.5 million.

    They say the dam would produce hydroelectric power for Las Vegas, act as a supply reservoir for firefighting in the watershed and manage the river more effectively for all concerned — city water customers, acequias and users of Storrie Lake water.

  • Official: West may have made

    The West Las Vegas school board may have made a mistake by taking its discussion about bus contracts behind closed doors last month, its leader says.

    Board Chairman Kenny Lujan said last week that “we might have messed up,” so he wants the board to make it right.

    “If we messed up, we’ll put it on the agenda as its own item. That will take suspicion away. We want to be on the up and up. I have nothing to hide,” he said.

    He wouldn’t say exactly how the board may have made a mistake, saying it was a closed session.

  • Youths enjoy six weeks of activities

    Kids in the six-week summer program at the city’s recreation center are kept busy with all kinds of activities — reading, music, art and swimming.

    Michael Campbell is Robertson High School’s choir director during the regular school year and said he enjoys helping children have a productive and fun summer as a coach and supervisor for the program.

  • Official: Focus on founding principles

    Fiestas organizers stopped the music in Plaza Park for an hour Friday morning to pay respect to the country’s veterans.

    On the Fourth of July, a number of speakers told the audience to remember that the holiday meant much more than barbecues and fireworks — that it was a celebration of the nation’s freedoms.

    John Garcia, the secretary of the state Department of Veterans Services, asked for veterans to raise their hands or stand up, and many did just that. Then he asked those around them to shake their hands to thank them for their service to the country.

  • A weekend of Fiestas fun

    When it comes to Fiestas de Las Vegas, Paul Cordova is something of an expert. Even though he’s from Albuquerque.

    This week’s festivities marked the 50th year Cordova has sold refreshments in Plaza Park. On both sides of the Plaza he had booths selling candy apples, funnel cakes and other goodies as part of his business, Duke City Concessions.

    He started selling the treats when he was 12, during the days when his father ran a carnival in front of today’s Plaza Hotel.

  • Five women vie for crown

    The 2008 Reina de Las Vegas Fiesta Queen Pageant is the prelude to the community’s wider celebrations — a tradition dating back to 1938 when Mary Ulibarri Trujillo was crowned.

    This year’s masters of ceremonies, Pete Campos, and 2007 Reina Alyssa Lynn Moya, kept the audience in stitches with all their antics. Campos, a state senator, often wandered out into the crowd passing out crazy hats and other props he used throughout the show, while Moya kept the audience laughing with her dry wit and natural stage presence.

  • Little said about controversies

    During an emotional meeting less than two weeks ago, a City Council majority voted to dismiss six city department heads. By contrast, Wednesday’s council meeting was relatively calm.

    The meeting was held on the same day that the city held an employee appreciation lunch, which some officials said was the first such occasion in recent memory.

    No one directly addressed the firings during the meeting, but some noted the resulting tension.

  • Station cancels weekly program

    A local radio station has canceled a weekend talk show, saying the program was too negative.

    KFUN owner Joseph Baca informed Bernard Schaer on Monday that the station was ending Schaer’s one-hour talk show, which has been running for two and a half years. The decision took effect immediately, with Baca asking Schaer to turn in his station keys.

  • Albuquerque news program to focus on Las Vegas

    Albuquerque’s Action 7 News will focus on Las Vegas as part of special segments in the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newcasts on Friday.

    At 6 p.m., Action 7 News reporter Matt Grubs takes Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Feldman for a ride in Sky 7 to talk about the colorful history and to see some of the local landmarks around Las Vegas from the air.

    At 10 p.m., the mayor pro tem will discuss the renewed interest in building a dam in Gallinas Canyon and how city officials are trying to get funding from the federal government.