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  • Campos takes Luna's reins

    Pete Campos has been on the job for a week and is settling into his new job as the president of Luna Community College.

    “Change is going to come through the teachings, and the teachings that I bring are going to be the daily lessons of patience, discovery and observations,” said Campos, a state senator and former superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools.

  • State changes way licenses issued

    The state Motor Vehicle Division is deploying a new system to produce and issue drivers’ licenses, identification cards and permits at a secure, central location, officials said.

    This means that applicants for driver’s licenses, permits and IDs will leave field offices with paper cards. Their new permanent cards will be mailed to them and should be received within two weeks from the date. However, due to security checks and mail delivery, it could take longer. That’s why the paper extension card is good for 45 days.

  • Pot case going to trial

    The drug case involving a woman who contends she was using marijuana to help with her cancer is headed to trial.

    Vicky Harvey’s attorney, David Silva, urges the district attorney’s office to dismiss the case at once and apologize to his client. But District Attorney Richard Flores maintains his office must enforce the law, even though he said he has compassion for Harvey, a Chacon resident who is suffering from breast cancer.

  • Regents urged to eliminate program

    Highlands University may do away with its computational engineering program.

    The Highlands University academic affairs committee is recommending to the Board of Regents, which meets Friday, the elimination of the computational engineering program and suspension of the forensic science program.

  • Man goes to prison after bar incident

    A man is getting two years in prison after pulling a gun on another man outside a local bar, officials said. In committing the offense, he broke the terms of his probation for another crime.

    Walter “Grouchy” Maes, 20, was placed on three years of felony probation for a robbery charge on Dec. 17, 2007, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.

    Maes was charged because he and two others robbed a number of teens on Bridge Street by taking their bicycles and skateboards, the release states.

  • Police say Fiestas went smoothly

    City police responded to a greater number of calls than usual over the weekend, but that is typical during Fiestas de Las Vegas, an official said Monday.

    “Our normal calls doubled. They were handled smoothly, but there is nothing huge to report,” Las Vegas Police Chief Gary Gold said. “It wasn’t a bad weekend.”

    Gold said the police received a number of calls of fights on Bridge Street and at least one report of a man who was publicly drunk in Plaza Park — all of which was in the area of Fiestas.

  • Officials pushing dam project

    Las Vegas officials promise that they — not lawyers — will be guiding water policy in the future.

    As such, Mayor Tony Marquez and Councilman Andrew Feldman are pushing for a study to determine the feasibility of a proposed hydroelectric project on the Gallinas River. The estimated cost: $46.5 million.

    They say the dam would produce hydroelectric power for Las Vegas, act as a supply reservoir for firefighting in the watershed and manage the river more effectively for all concerned — city water customers, acequias and users of Storrie Lake water.

  • Official: West may have made

    The West Las Vegas school board may have made a mistake by taking its discussion about bus contracts behind closed doors last month, its leader says.

    Board Chairman Kenny Lujan said last week that “we might have messed up,” so he wants the board to make it right.

    “If we messed up, we’ll put it on the agenda as its own item. That will take suspicion away. We want to be on the up and up. I have nothing to hide,” he said.

    He wouldn’t say exactly how the board may have made a mistake, saying it was a closed session.

  • Youths enjoy six weeks of activities

    Kids in the six-week summer program at the city’s recreation center are kept busy with all kinds of activities — reading, music, art and swimming.

    Michael Campbell is Robertson High School’s choir director during the regular school year and said he enjoys helping children have a productive and fun summer as a coach and supervisor for the program.

  • Official: Focus on founding principles

    Fiestas organizers stopped the music in Plaza Park for an hour Friday morning to pay respect to the country’s veterans.

    On the Fourth of July, a number of speakers told the audience to remember that the holiday meant much more than barbecues and fireworks — that it was a celebration of the nation’s freedoms.

    John Garcia, the secretary of the state Department of Veterans Services, asked for veterans to raise their hands or stand up, and many did just that. Then he asked those around them to shake their hands to thank them for their service to the country.