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  • City police station to get new facade; project a MainStreet priority

    Motorists traveling around Plaza Park have noticed construction beginning at the Las Vegas Police Department.

    Last week, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz gathered city officials for a groundbreaking ceremony.

    The facade of the building facing the park has been in dire need of a facelift for years, officials said. The building has a long and storied history as the Buffalo Bar, Tito’s Gallery, a physical therapy office and Hacienda Home Center. 

  • Official: Taxes would have risen anyway

    A top state official says that taxpayers in the Las Vegas City Schools district would have seen a big property tax increase this year in any case, even without an apparent problem in the district’s books.

    A property taxpayer who had a $1,500 tax bill in 2009 will see an increase to nearly $2,000 this year. It’s an increase from $4 for every $1,000 in taxable value to $10.

  • Artists report pepper-spray incident

    Three young men this week reportedly went into an art gallery on the Plaza and deployed pepper spray in the store, police said.

    One of the artists, Diana Whitten, said the attack happened shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday at El Zocalo gallery. She said she and another artist had been in the gallery for about five minutes when the men entered.

    “We evacuated. We couldn’t breathe or see. We called the police, and the officer came 15 minutes later,” Whitten said. “By the time he got here, the pepper spray kind of cleared out a bit.”

  • Police: Repeat DWI offenders charged

    State police arrested two more repeat DWI offenders — part of the agency’s apparent effort to take on drunken driving inside city limits.

    Bernardino Gallegos, 24, 408 Moreno St., was charged with his fifth DWI offense, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Gina Montoya, 48, 2300 N. Gonzales St., faces charges of her fourth DWI offense and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

  • Air Force extends comment period

    CANNON AIR FORCE BASE -- The U.S. Air Force is giving people more time to comment on a proposal that would establish areas in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado for low-altitude training flights.

    The Air Force initially asked that comments be received by Oct. 4. That has been pushed back to Nov. 15 due to tremendous public response, including a letter from members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation.

    The training out of Cannon Air Force Base in eastern New Mexico would involve C-130 and CV-22 aircraft flying as low as 200 feet above the ground.

  • Las Vegas teen reported missing

    Sixteen-year-old Miranda R. Mondragon of Las Vegas missing, police said.

    Mondragon was last seen Tuesday afternoon.

    Mondragon is described as a 5 feet, 2 inches tall Hispanic female, who weighs 110 pounds.

    Miranda has shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes; she was last seen wearing a white and black hooded pullover and blue jeans. There is suspicion that Mondragon may possibly be in Colorado. Mondragon also has a medical condition that requires medication, police said.  

  • Local official placed on leave

    A top local official in the state Children, Youth and Families Department has been placed on paid leave, a department spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

    Audra Salas, the county manager for the department’s Protective Services Division, has been on leave for the last couple of weeks, spokeswoman Romaine Serna said.

    Serna said because it’s a personnel matter, she couldn’t provide any more details.

    The Protective Services Division deals with child welfare issues such as abuse and neglect. It also handles the foster kids program.

  • West business office criticized

    West Las Vegas school district’s business office is rife with backbiting and gossip, according to a report commissioned by the superintendent.

    In August, Superintendent Ruben Cordova received the report, and soon after, then-Business Manager Dawn Biagianti announced her resignation.

    In an interview last week, Cordova, who started in July, said Biagianti resigned on her own and that he wasn’t aware of the report’s effect on her decision.

    Biagianti, who served about a year, didn’t return a message for comment.

  • Code cops get barrage of calls

    For Las Vegas' code enforcement officers, advertising worked.

    During the summer, the city took out ads on local radio stations to ask residents to report code violations — tall weeds, inoperable cars, junk piles, water waste, and loose dogs and cats.

    Before the ads, the city, which moved code enforcement to the Police Department a few months ago, had the city divided into six sectors. The officers would patrol a different sector each day.

  • Official improving, daughter says

    City Councilman David Romero suffered a stroke last month, and he has yet to return to work.

    Now, residents are helping his family raise funds because Romero and his wife have been away from their jobs since the stroke. Romero is in rehabilitation in Albuquerque.

    “He’s doing great. He’s progressing very fast. He’s walking and talking,” his daughter, Sonia Romero, told the City Council last week.

    “We’re concerned for his health,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said.