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Today's News

  • LETTER: Misdirecting the city’s energies

    Eight to four, four to five, and the next request will be five to seven. Shortly, the city will again be paying for more dead wood. Enough is enough. What city councilors want is to eliminate the mayors vote. Why don’t they just say it.

  • City ends litigation with Storrie

    The city of Las Vegas has a message for attorneys: We don’t need you.

    At least that’s the case when it comes to its longstanding litigation with the Storrie Project Water Users Association.

    Last week, the City Council voted 2-1 to end the litigation. Council members Diane Moore and Andrew Feldman were in favor, while Morris Madrid abstained and Cruz Roybal voted no.

  • Change in leadership

    Newly re-elected West Las Vegas board member Christine Ludi was sworn in Monday and was quickly elected to chair the five-member panel.

    David G. Romero also took the oath of office, taking the seat of longtime member Ralph Garcia, who didn’t run for another term.

    Vice Chairman Gary Gold nominated Ludi to head the board, with Ludi, in turn, nominating Gold to remain at his post as vice chairman. Both were confirmed with a unanimous vote. Ludi also nominated member Caroline Lopez for secretary, which received a unanimous yes vote.

  • Campos pushes juvenile center

    State Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, is seeking $4.5 million for a center for youth offenders in Las Vegas, but it may be difficult to get that money in a declining economy.

    According to analysis by the staff of the Legislative Finance Committee, the state Children, Youth and Families Department wants to build juvenile justice centers in smaller facilities throughout New Mexico. The agency had hoped to build the first one in the state’s northeastern quadrant, which includes Las Vegas.

  • LETTER: Thanks for vote, no matter the outcome

    I wish to thank the voters of our service area for participating in this election. The results provide the next step in our direction at Luna Community College. Regardless of the outcome, I will continue to do everything possible to provide the best educational environment possible for our students and staff.

    Pete Campos

    President, Luna Community College

  • LETTER: Las Vegas deserves better than this

    Our mayor, Tony Marquez, continues to amuse and delight. Councilwoman Diane Moore is concerned about poor morale among city employees, and justifiably so. Mayor Tony immediately addresses her concerns. He points out that he voted against pay increases for top city employees in, get ready now, 2007.  Yep. That should reassure all those folks that are concerned today.  Feel better now?  We can all rest easy.

  • COLUMN: Good schools, but not for all

    As might be expected, our two separate school districts in Las Vegas have similar approaches to supplementary educational programs, as depicted in the accompanying table.  These programs are in addition to the regular curriculum, and are largely dependent on grant money and special state funding.  

  • LETTER: ‘Innocent until proven guilty’

    In an interview with Rick Casados, the man who received so much publicity when a law enforcement officer stopped him on his four-wheeler and charged him with DWI, he stated that first of all, he did not have eight DWIs as the media reported. He also feels his rights were violated since the media convicted him before he had a chance to a preliminary hearing.

  • Residents ask city to reverse project

    Residents on Lee Drive wanted passing motorists to slow down on their street. But some don’t like the city’s solution to the problem.

    Last year, the city finished a roundabout at Lee and Kierig Street, along with medians on the approach to the intersection. The roundabout includes 22 signs, many more than are usually posted at a roundabout.

    At last week’s Las Vegas City Council meeting, Public Works Director Carlos Ortiz wanted direction on what to do with the intersection, saying he had received conflicting signals.

  • COLUMN: Abuse of power

    There was much hope and enthusiasm after the March 2008 Las Vegas municipal election, but that has rapidly faded. This is largely due to the abuse of power by our mayor.

    City government is in worse shape today than it was a year ago and there does not seem to be relief in sight. Our mayor is micromanaging city government, violating provisions in the charter, and acting without the consent of the governing body. The result is continued division among the City Council and no progress in making Las Vegas better for all citizens.