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  • Official defends colleague's absence

    Councilman Eugene Romero has missed the last two regular City Council meetings — the first for “personal issues” and the second for “family obligations.”

    Those were the explanations from city staff members. Councilman Michael Gallegos told his colleagues at last week’s meeting that Romero was gone because he was attending his child’s play, and Gallegos defended that decision.

  • Two killed north of town

    The state police are conducting an investigation into the apparent shooting deaths of two residents.

    The victims were Damian Ortiz, 24, and Stephanie Dimas, 25, state police Lt. David Martinez said. They were killed while inside a mobile home at 728 Dora Celeste, north of Las Vegas. It was believed to have happened between 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. today. Martinez said Ortiz and Dimas were a couple.

    The state police said they didn’t have a motive in the case or any suspects.

  • Mayor says he won't run again

    Mayor Henry Sanchez announced this morning that he wouldn’t run again, saying that if he did, he might be a “hindrance” to the city government.

    “I’ve done the best I could. For the best interests of the city, I will not run for mayor,” Sanchez said on KFUN at the end of an hour-long program.

    Throughout the program, Sanchez accused his critics of pursuing a divide-and-conquer strategy on such issues as City Council salaries and reducing the council’s size. He warned people to beware of “outside interests.”

  • Girls carries on family card tradition

    When Brianna Tenorio sees their eyes light up and the smiles she brings to the faces of her elderly friends, the work she does all year to prepare for the special day feels more like she’s the one getting the gift instead of giving it.

    “It makes me feel good inside because many people are lonely and when I give them a Christmas card, it makes them smile. It also makes me smile and makes me happy,” Tenorio said.

  • Credit union to expand

    State Employees Credit Union is planning an expansion that will deal with a large amount of customer traffic, its representatives told the City Council this week.

    The credit union and the city are planning to enter a lease agreement that would give the credit union use of city land for parking in exchange for improvements and maintenance to the nearby riverwalk property.

  • Some licenses suspended in error

    Virginia Lujan got a speeding ticket in 1994, and she insists she paid the fine. But she has no record of that payment more than a dozen years later.

    Recently, the Las Vegan received a letter from the state Motor Vehicle Division that her license had been suspended because of the 1994 ticket. She was informed that she could go to Magistrate Court on Seventh Street and reinstate her license by paying $25.

    She wondered why she had to reinstate her license after all these years, given that she has been licensed all these years.

  • Board urged to consider search for superintendent

    Las Vegas City Schools board Vice President Ramon “Swoops” Montao, said this week that board members need to start looking for a possible replacement to Superintendent Pete Campos.

  • Educator to run for state representative

    A West Las Vegas principal on Wednesday was the first to announce her intention to run for the District 70 state representative seat held by Richard Vigil, D-Ribera.

    Martha Johnsen, a lifelong area resident and principal of the West Las Vegas Family Partnership, is a political newcomer.

    She said that as an educator, she plans to advocate for teachers and students.

  • Mayor to announce his plans

    Mayor Henry Sanchez, who has served at the helm for the last six years, plans to make an announcement Friday on whether he’ll run for another two-year term.

    He will be speaking on KFUN’s “What’s Cooking at City Hall?,” which is a weekly program that begins just after the 10 a.m. news every Friday. KFUN is at 1230 on the AM radio dial.

    Sanchez has kept his intentions unknown to the public. As he did in the last go-around, he likes to wait to announce his plans until near the end of December.

  • Campos named college finalist

    In a widely expected move, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees on Tuesday selected Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Pete Campos as the fifth finalist in the search for a new president.

    Campos, who is also a state senator representing Las Vegas, is competing against four candidates who all have had experience in administrative capacities at colleges. Campos’ experience has been as an administrator in public school systems.