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  • City hiring practices questioned

    A city councilman questioned last week why some city hires are approved first by advisory committees and others are not.

    Councilman Louie Trujillo raised the issue after Councilman Eugene Romero told the council that the city’s utilities committee, which he chairs, approved the hirings of laborers in the water and wastewater departments. Trujillo said city ordinances don’t call for hires to go through committees.

    “Hiring shouldn’t occur in a committee. I don’t think it should be the business of a committee,” he said.

  • Luna trustees to interview president hopefuls this week

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees plans to interview five finalists for president this week.

    So far, no interview has been scheduled with state Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, who submitted his application late in the process.

    The finalists’ names were released Oct. 19. Under state law, the college was required to wait at least 21 days before making a decision. As it turns out, the interviews Thursday will take place after the 21 days have lapsed.

  • Firm promotes gas-saving device

    A weekly newspaper recently ran a front-page articles promoting a new technology that reportedly increases the gas mileage of an automobile by more than 200 percent.

    But that is only half the story.

    Michael Romero of Mike’s Precision Auto is a believer in a new gas-saving system called the Hydro-Assist Fuel Cell, or HAFC. Romero said he traveled to New Jersey to be trained in installing the units, and contends they can increase the fuel efficiency of a car or truck by at least 50 percent.

  • A special showing

    “No Country for Old Men,” the Coen brothers movie filmed in Las Vegas, will have its New Mexico debut here as well.

    The screening, slated for 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Serf Theater., will be by private invitation for cast, crew, sponsors and others who participated and were affected by business closures.

    The showing of the film was made possible by the nonprofit organizations The Hispanic Education and Media Group Inc. and the local Casa de Cultura.

  • Job slated for Saturday

    A job fair is planned for Saturday morning, with every participating organization having job openings, an official said Thursday.

    From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Highlands University’s student center ballroom, the fair will focus on employees of The Connection call center, which is closing at the end of the year. From 9 a.m. to noon, the public is invited. At least 15 companies and other organizations are expected to take part.

  • County manager receives top award

    San Miguel County Manager Les Montoya received a top award during a recent state conference.

    Montoya was honored at the 12th Annual New Mexico Infrastructure Conference sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, held Oct. 24 in Albuquerque.

    He received the Joe Guillen Award for New Mexico for Outstanding Community Development Service.

  • Union wins latest battle

    A federal hearing officer has found Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s objections to a union election during the summer to be without merit.

    The National Labor Relations Board’s officer, Daniel Nelson, is recommending the certification of District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, a branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

    “We knew this was going to happen from the beginning,” said Henry Santana, a union organizer. “The objections were a ploy to delay things.”

  • Madrid defends mayor's record

    City Councilman Morris Madrid emphatically defended Mayor Henry Sanchez at this week’s council meeting. He was responding to critics of the mayor’s performance on the natural gas issue.

    During the part of the meeting designated for council members’ reports, Madrid took issue with critics who suggested that the mayor, whom he calls a friend, hasn’t done enough for the elderly.

  • Garcia eyeing race for state Senate

    Former San Miguel County Commission Chairman LeRoy Garcia said Wednesday that he won’t run for mayor next year, but he is now considering entering the race for state Senate.

    Garcia, who announced earlier that he was eyeing a run for mayor, said he decided against doing so because he wasn’t able to sell his home in the county. He said his plan remains to sell his house and then move into one of his houses that he owns in the city, but he said he couldn’t do that in time for the March mayoral election.

  • City rejects alcohol license; state expected to OK it anyway

    Taking a stand against drunken driving, the Las Vegas City Council on Wednesday rejected an application for a beer and wine license at the new Pizza Hut on Seventh Street.

    Under state law, the city’s vote is simply advisory, and the state Alcohol and Gaming Division has the ultimate say. Pizza Hut is far enough away from schools and churches under state law, so it’s likely the state will approve the license, despite the council’s unanimous vote.