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  • Councilman's service celebrated

    Mayor Henry Sanchez said City Councilman Macario Gonzalez didn’t want a big to-do for his departure after more than two decades on the council.

    He got one anyway.

    As part of the council’s meeting Wednesday, Sanchez and others at City Hall organized an event honoring the Ward 1 councilman, who started with the city 21 years ago. The event had been in the planning stages for a year.

  • HU, Luna showcase programs

    College Night 2008 moved to the city’s recreation center this year to accommodate the hundreds of students coming to Las Vegas from all over the state. Buses and cars from Alamo, Las Cruces, Silver City and Las Vegas crowded the large parking area surrounding the center.

  • DA may pursue voter law violations

    The district attorney’s office may investigate cases in which voters are intentionally violating voter registration laws, officials said this week.

    District Attorney Richard Flores said in a press release that he has met with San Miguel County Clerk Paul Maez a few times about voter registration.

    “At this point, I am not necessarily looking at filing criminal charges against anybody; instead, we are hoping to raise awareness so that voter registrations are updated so that there are clean elections,” Flores said in the statement.

  • Campos supports domestic partners bill

    State Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, announced this morning that he is supporting legislation that allows gay and straight couples to form domestic partnerships. That was after a number of residents publicly urged him to back the bill.

    "This was not an easy decision to make, but I am confident it is the right decision," Campos said in a statement. "The phone calls, e-mails and letters I received from people on both sides of the issue proved invaluable in my decision-making process."

    He said he expected the legislation would come before the state Senate in days.

  • Residents at Sin City hotel when fire started

    Glen Gomez of Las Vegas, N.M., who turned 35 last week, got an upgrade in his hotel room in the Sin City last weekend, but it wasn’t any kind of a birthday gift.

    It was because of a fire.

    Gomez and his local friends, Miguel Martinez, Jeremiah Gonzalez and Walter Atencio, drove to Las Vegas, Nev., last week to celebrate his birthday, staying in the Monte Carlo Hotel. They got there late Thursday and enjoyed the nightlife until 6 a.m. the next day.

  • Woman sentenced in plot to kill judge, cop

    A woman involved in a plot to kill a judge and a narcotics officer has been sentenced to serve six years in state prison, officials said Wednesday.

    District Judge John Paternoster handed Nora Vigil a nine-year prison sentence, but suspended three of the years.

    Authorities have said both Vigil and Mike Santillanes worked together in a plan to kill District Judge Eugenio Mathis and Mack Allingham, an agent with the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force.

    On Oct. 13, 2005, Santillanes was charged with trafficking crack cocaine. Allingham was the lead agent in the case.

  • Ex-bilingual official leaves West

    The indicted former bilingual director for the West Las Vegas school district has resigned as a teacher, a little more than a year shy of getting full retirement benefits, an official said.

    Roberta Vigil, a kindergarten teacher at Armijo Elementary School, submitted her letter of resignation last week, West Superintendent Jim Abreu said. She had been on leave since December because of an injured ankle, he said. Vigil also was on leave for much of the last school year.

  • Officials lobby for local projects

    SANTA FE — Las Vegas Day at the Legislature is a chance for elected officials, students and curious Las Vegans to take a look at the legislative process, poke around the ornate Roundhouse and cajole, beg and lobby for pet projects they think will enhance the quality of life in the Meadow City.

    Residents from around Las Vegas were elbow to elbow in the gallery leading to the Rotunda, some manning booths from the city and county while others huddled with lawmakers and legislative aides.

  • Police explain how they respond

    When the Las Vegas Police Department gets a call for service, it handles the matter based on individual circumstances, Police Chief Gary Gold said. But when officers believe a crime has occurred, they should take down a report, he said.

    Gold said the Police Department is moving away from writing full-fledged informational reports, which have been traditionally done for things such as reports of suspicious people walking in a neighborhood. In such cases, the information is now taken down when dispatchers log calls that come into the Police Department.

  • Man facing charges of fleeing, resisting officers

    A man is facing a number of charges after he fled city police officers earlier this month — a pursuit ended by an empty gasoline tank.

    Thomas Martinez, 26, 2330 N. Gonzales St., was arrested on charges of fleeing and resisting officers, having a suspended or revoked driver’s license, and possessing drug paraphernalia.