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Today's News

  • City official pushes Fiesta accountability

    City Manager Timothy Dodge is asking for more accountability from the Fiesta Council — using the same standards applied to other nonprofit groups that receive city money.

    During a Fiesta Council meeting on Tuesday, Dodge said the city should have a seat on the council.

    He also asked that quarterly reports be submitted to the city — something that hasn’t happened in the past.

    “The city is probably one of the biggest, if not the biggest, funder. If we’re going to use public resources, we need accountability,” he said.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    A $600,000 PROBLEM. A malfunction with a natural gas meter at Highlands University may mean that the city owes the school $600,000 for overcharges. Where will the utilities department get this money? This is bad news for the city.

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  • Police nab DWI repeat offender

    For the third time in recent weeks, local state police officers caught a repeat DWI offender, reports state.

    Jesus Barraza-Ruiz, 43, 1204 Montezuma St., was charged with the fourth-degree felony of DWI. He was also charged with driving with a suspended license, having no insurance, and failing to display registration and register his car.

    It was his fifth DWI offense, police said.

  • Letter: The best 2 nurses at Alta Vista

    On Monday, June 14, I was admitted into Alta Vista Regional Hospital due to a broken ankle. I would greatly like to thank Zachariah Castillo and Raquel Galavez for their patience and kindness to take very good care of me.

    They were always on top of their job. Zachariah did everything he could do to keep my hubby by my side at all times. Wednesday was his Friday, and I got introduced to about four different nurses that weren’t (really) my nurses; it took me 8-1/2 hours before I got any pain medications. The last three days were painful.

  • Fiesta dismissals questioned

    Fiesta Council President Mathew Martinez asked that six members he ousted two weeks ago not attend any more meetings.

    He didn’t get his wish.

    On Tuesday, the Fiesta Council held its regular meeting in the City Council’s chambers at City Hall, and four of the dismissed members showed up. Top city officials also attended the first half of the two-hour meeting.

  • Railroad crossing is made safer

    The railroad crossing where two people have been killed over the last couple of years now has mechanical crossing guards.

    Recently, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway completed the guards at the crossing at Arriba Road north of Las Vegas. The state Department of Transportation secured federal money for the project, which was budgeted at $300,000, according to the state.

    The crossing is often used by those accessing the city’s transfer station.

  • Above and Beyond: Luna student draws notice for his painting

    Gary Gamertsfelder went to Kansas City’s recent national SkillsUSA competition and loved every minute of it. While he may be the first local to crack the top 10 in the national competition, he has had a lot of mentors along the way.

    Instructor Anthony Baca remembers the inception of the automotive repair program at Luna Community College. He’s seen five state champions and four national championships during his tenure.

    Baca said Gamertsfelder is so good at what he does he motivates fellow students in the entire Luna auto shop.

  • Man charged with sex crime

    A man accused of performing a sexual act on a teen has been sentenced to probation.

    Tony Cisneros, 54, a government employee, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of criminal sexual penetration, a fourth-degree felony.

    He entered a plea agreement with prosecutors and will not be registered as a sex offender if he complies with the terms of his agreement.

    He could have faced up to 18 months in prison.

    According to authorities, Cisneros performed the sexual act on a boy in July 2009 at the youth’s home.

  • Three LV softball teams make it to finals

    The Meadow City was well-represented in this week’s district Little League All-Star softball tournaments in Raton, landing a finalist in each of the 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 age division championship games.

    Titles in each of those divisions were to be decided by Wednesday. Tournaments for 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 baseball were still playing out as of press time.

  • Work of Art: Why protest a spelling bee?

    For the third time in my career, I’ve participated in a spelling bee, but no, not as a participant (my eighth-grade classmate, Ermalinda, beat me, and others, out).

    Once, while I was still teaching, Betty Leger and George Fidel invited me to be a pronouncer at West Las Vegas High School. Later, I served as a judge at the Baha’i School in Manuelitas.