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  • As It Is: Is it micromanagement?

    The mayor and Las Vegas City Council members always like to say they don’t micromanage. They insist they let the city manager do his job.

    That’s great — if it’s true. The council should set policy, while the manager should run the day-to-day operations of city government.

    One of the low points of Mayor Tony Marquez’s term was when his handpicked city manager, Sharon Caballero, abruptly resigned, accusing the mayor of micromanagement.

  • CYFD worker faces child abuse charges

    An employee of a state agency that looks out for children is accused of child endangerment.

    Justina Romero, 27, 545 Hermosa Lane, was charged last week in connection with a drug investigation. She faces three counts of abandonment or abuse of children.

    She works as an in-home services worker at the local office of the Protective Services Division of the state Children, Youth and Families Department.

  • State puts hold on money

    The state has put a hold on $2.8 million that was to go to the renovation of Tony Serna Elementary School.

    But district officials say it may work to West Las Vegas’ advantage.

    Superintendent Jim Abreu told the school board recently that the Public School Facilities Authority informed him that construction money for Tony Serna had been delayed.

  • West employee may soon be facing charges, deputy says

    The Torrance County Sheriff’s Department plans to file charges against a West Las Vegas school district employee who allegedly totaled a district vehicle while driving drunk.

    The employee, John J. Roybal, 41, a mechanic for West Las Vegas, has remained on the job since the accident more than five months ago. But his driving privileges have been revoked, West officials said.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... HAPPY NEW YEAR BABY. A big two-thousand-ten congratulations to Nina Romero and Mateo Cardenas, proud parents of Jordan Elijah Cardenas. Jordan gets the distinction of being the first baby born into this new year in Las Vegas. We wish them all well.

  • Letter: Objections to Highlands plan

    We are writing in reference to your article on Dec. 28 regarding the proposed New Mexico Highlands University Student Center. We are permit-holding cultural resource professionals with decades of experience, residents of Las Vegas and alumni of NMHU. We join Mr. Joe McCaffrey's objection to the plan, and add further objections of our own.

  • Sapello neighbors help rebuild man's house

    Jackson Rodgers saw his home severely damaged in a fire over the weekend, but he says his neighbors have come through for him.

    He woke up smelling the smoke from the fire around 4:30 a.m. last Saturday in the Sapello area. The blaze damaged about a third of the house, mostly in the living room and the bedroom, he said.

    But Rodgers said a half-dozen families have helped him “pretty much put back together” the house.

  • Cards' rally falls short at Taos

    Foul shooting played a role for better and for worse Saturday night as Robertson lost a 75-71 boys’ basketball nailbiter at Taos.

    The Cardinals, ranked fourth in the latest Class 3A boys’ poll, lost their first game in nearly a month at the hands of the 4A Tigers, who will join District 2-3A next season as part of a statewide reclassification.

  • Editorial: The coming election

    We must admit some surprise that no one stepped up to run for mayor against Alfonso Ortiz, but there’s still the possibility of a write-in candidate. We’ll know this week whether the San Miguel County treasurer walks in to the mayor’s office unopposed; the deadline to file as a write-in candidate is Tuesday.

    And the same goes for Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo, who is also unopposed in his re-election bid for municipal judge.

  • WLV's Mares wins title

    West Las Vegas wrestler Conrad Mares captured the 152-pound championship over the weekend in the annual St. Michael’s Invitational held at Perez-Shelley Gymnasium in Santa Fe.

    Mares’ work on the mat led the Dons to a sixth place team finish in the tournament.

    Rosendo “Ross” Valdez took fourth place at 125, and 215-pounder Manuel Silva reached the quarterfinals before withdrawing due to an ankle injury, noted WLV head coach Robert Alarcon.

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