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  • Superintendent, while on admin leave, has wreck near home

    A school superintendent, who was placed on paid administrative leave by his district's board of education mere hours prior, was allegedly driving his pickup truck Friday evening when it crasched it into a resident's fence near his Sapello home and slid down an embankment.

  • Holiday events adjusted to accommodate 3A championship game

    If you were wondering how many people were going to be in town this weekend while the Robertson High football team is competing for a state title 200 miles away, wonder no more.

    The City of Las Vegas announced Monday that several holiday events, set for this weekend, have been postponed by one week. The Robertson Cardinals are set to play at Dexter —195 miles south of Las Vegas — in the 3A championship game Saturday at 2 p.m., and many area residents are likely to attend.

  • Highlands awards Rodgers Hall contract to Franken

    Highlands University's Board of Regents recently awarded a contract for a major remodeling project at Rodgers Hall to Franken Construction of Las Vegas.

    At a brief Nov. 19 Board of Regents meeting, the main agenda item pertained to the selection of a contractor for remodeling of Rodgers Hall, according to a recent message from Highlands President Dr. Sam Minner.

    The Board approved a contractor for that project — Franken Construction —  and staging will commence very soon, he said.

  • NMDOT to make adjustments on South Grand during winter

    Muddy roads aren't typically a problem for an extended period of time most of in Las Vegas.

    In and around the construction zone along South Grand Avenue, however, mud has accumulated during rainy or snowy weeks, especially since late October. Work began during the summer months on a massive New Mexico Department of Transportation project that includes drainage, sidewalk construction, installation of a raised median and more.

  • Defendant in attempted murder case to stand trial

    A 47-year-old Las Vegas man has been ordered to stand trial on charges he beat his girlfriend with a bat in a September incident.

    Isidro A. Pacheco was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center the night of Sept. 15. Las Vegas Police said he committed attempted first-degree murder, beating his girlfriend with bat.

    Newly elected Judge Flora Gallegos heard Pacheco's Fourth District Court arraignment on Nov. 6. She ordered his bail remain at $50,000, cash-only, as Pacheco has an extensive criminal history. 

  • Pay for police

    A line of about six disabled vehicles — most of them regular police cruisers — rest along a wall at the west edge of the Las Vegas Police Department parking lot.

    Commander Mike Lopez wants to address this "graveyard," and much more within the department — but he said stalled union negotiations are slowing things down.

    Lopez, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police Meadow City Lodge No. 20, said union negotiations with the city, which are typically completed some time in the summer months, are still ongoing.

  • More water pressure issues for city

    For the second time in less than a week, City of Las Vegas water customers are dealing with low water pressure due to filtration issues at the city's water treatment plant.

  • Sec. of State seeks same-day registration option

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

  • Three-time felon to serve maximum seven years

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Fourth District Attorney Richard D. Flores recently announced that Jason Smith, 25, was sentenced to seven years in state prison following his third felony conviction. 

  • Alta Vista gets improvement award

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital recently earned a Hospital Innovation Improvement Award for two consecutive years of performance improvement evidenced by measurements of quality and patient safety. 

    Awards were presented in a ceremony in late September at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the New Mexico Hospital Association in Albuquerque.