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Today's News

  • Lawsuit alleges bias at hospital

    An employee of Alta Vista Regional Hospital has sued his employer over what he calls a pattern of bias against northern New Mexican Hispanics.

    Carlos Coca, who has held a number of supervisory positions at the hospital over the years, filed the lawsuit earlier this month in state District Court.

    His attorney, Dennis Montoya of Albuquerque, states in the lawsuit that Coca has been a target of discrimination in the years since Tennessee-based Community Health Systems Corp. bought the formerly nonprofit hospital in 2000.

  • Attorney: Don't leak private information

    The City Council voted unanimously to close the doors to discuss personnel and litigation matters at a meeting last week. But the city attorney issued the governing body a public warning.

    Carlos Quiones noted that a “code of ethics” used to be posted on a wall in the council’s chambers, now removed because of a planned renovation. He said the code requires council members to honor the confidentiality of closed sessions.

  • Embezzling alleged in city utilities

    A city of Las Vegas accountant has been charged with embezzlement in the utilities department.

    Margaret Cordova, 39, an accountant and a supervisor with city utilities, was charged last week with embezzlement and tampering with evidence.

    On July 18, Cordova stole $1,104 from a money bag that another employee took to City Hall, according to a criminal complaint filed in Magistrate Court.

    The complaint states that Cordova admitted to taking the money. She told a city police investigator that she needed money to make a house payment, according to documents.

  • City hikes trash rates

    The city is planning to increase garbage rates by 10 percent over the next three months because of a jump in fuel costs.

    The city administration is allowed to adjust rates without the approval of the City Council for up to three months. After that, the council must give its blessing.

    The increase will mean an increase of $1.75 a month for homeowners and $3.15 for commercial customers.

    Besides fuel prices, the city is also seeing an increase in the cost of a rollout container — from $42 to $78.

  • Lost on a mountain with a boat

    Labor Day weekend was full of exciting happenings. Not forgetting to mention that indeed we got lost in a mountain with a boat. We spent 13 hours driving all over the mountains of Colorado looking for the place where we were supposed to camp.

    But I never thought getting lost would be as much fun as it was.

    While we were stuck in the truck together, we sang and my uncle told jokes and would ask me, “So, is being lost with me better than being at home?” I had to laugh because my answer would always be “Yes.”

  • The simple pleasures of el arte moderno

    Meredith Britt’s work in the upcoming show, “el arte moderno,” invokes a soft but colorful serenity, as though no sound plays a part in the art making. A person of few words with a dry sense of humor and a quiet demeanor, Britt seems quite comfortable in the company of only her paints and canvas.

  • General says he helps soldiers

    By his account, the head of the New Mexico National Guard aims to protect the welfare of his citizen soldiers, even if it risks upsetting higher-ups.

    Major Gen. Kenny Montoya, adjutant general of the New Mexico National Guard, speaks of his soldiers’ accomplishments at every opportunity. He said he is sometimes amazed that he was promoted to general in the first place.

    As the American public is well aware, the troops who have served in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan are often on a short rotation schedule, many on their third, fourth or more tours of duty.

  • State may investigate Block

    The state is considering whether to seek an investigation into Jerome Block, a candidate for the state Public Regulation Commission, who acknowledged Wednesday that he lied that a Las Vegas band performed at his campaign rally in May.

    His statements followed shortly after one of his key local supporters, Paul Maez, the San Miguel County Clerk, told the Optic that Block gave the newspaper false information.

  • Man arrested in girl's death

    City police this week arrested a man in connection with the killing of a 6-year-old girl in June.

    David Levi Chavez, 20, 507 New Mexico Ave., faces charges of an open count of murder, shooting at an occupied dwelling, conspiracy and tampering with evidence. He was arrested Tuesday night.

    Jasmine Garcia, who had just completed her kindergarten year, was sleeping in her mother’s bed during the early morning of June 15 when a shot ripped through the outside wall facing the street.

  • Las Vegas rallies for social justice

    On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Carnegie Library Park, local activists will team up with featured speaker Magdaleno Rose Avila to help kindle the struggle for justice in Las Vegas.

    Magdaleno Rose Avila grew up in an immigrant family, in southern Colorado where he faced poverty, limited education, stereotyping, drugs, and gangs.