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Today's News

  • City may have broken tax law

    The city of Las Vegas appears to have violated the law by approving expenditures from lodgers tax revenue without seeking recommendations from a board made up of motel owners and other tourist-related businesses.

    The city has been without a lodgers tax board since March when Las Vegas’ newly elected mayor, Tony Marquez, disbanded all city committees, saying he planned to appoint new members.

  • Apartment operator seeks fence

    The operator of a local apartment complex takes the old clich, “Good fences make good neighbors,” to heart.

    Cathy Ray, representing Villa Las Vegas Apartments on Mountain View Drive, is asking the city to build a seven-foot fence between the apartments and next-door public housing.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, she blamed public housing residents for repeatedly damaging property at the apartments, including breaking of windows. The current fence has been damaged to the point where public housing tenants are getting through, she said.

  • Team ropers Archuleta, Cook 6th in NHSRA finals

    Las Vegan J.C. Archuleta and partner Ryan Cook of Belen finished their first round of competition at the National High School Rodeo Association Finals in sixth place among team ropers.

    The national finals continue through the end of the week in Farmington.

    Archuleta and Cook posted a time of 7.961 seconds, less than nine-tenths of a second behind fifth-place Colton Redmond and Andrew Yates, a Mississippi duo. Ty Erickson and Dalton Tamcke, both of Montana, lead the standings with a 6.275.

    Dozens of teams are vying for the team roping championship.

  • Prof to head Oklahoma state agency

    Las Vegas resident Michael O’Brien has been selected as the next director of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services.

    O’Brien is currently a Highlands University professor and rehabilitation services consultant, who was employed from 1997 to 2001 as administrator of the Oklahoma agency’s Vocational Rehabilitation division.

  • Official: Put more women on panels

    Mayor Tony Marquez has already started making appointments to city advisory committees, but he’s getting some advice from a City Council member on how to make the panels more diverse.

    At last week’s council meeting, Councilwoman Diane Moore said she would like to see more women and youths appointed to committees.

  • McAllister Lake remains closed

    The state Game and Fish Department has closed McAllister Lake for fishing until further notice.

    Clint Henson, a Game and Fish spokesman, said his agency is unable to stock the lake because of golden algae and water conditions. The closure will last, Henson said, “until Mother Nature decides to give us more water.”

  • Kryptos end with fifth-place regional finish

    A 3-4 record in this past week’s Sandy Koufax Regionals gave the Las Vegas Kryptonite a fifth-place finish to conclude the team’s second full season.

    “We did good,” said manager Shannon Aragon. “It was our first year at regionals.”

    Unofficially, the Kryptos went 24-15 overall this campaign, with 10 of the defeats having come against 16-and-under foes, an older age group than their 14-and-under norm.

  • North takes two out of three

    Jesse Estrada’s plunge into the end zone before his spirited hometown crowd not only gave the Class 3A North All-Star football team the lead in Saturday night’s game, it helped punctuate another successful week of North-South festivities hosted by Las Vegas.

    For the sixth straight year, the Meadow City has served as host of the Class 3A football and boys’ and girls’ basketball all-star showdowns.

  • Residents pushing for stop signs at 7th, Columbia

    Residents on Seventh Street got most of what they wanted last year when they requested stop signs on their street. But they’re still pushing for some more at another intersection.

    Last September, the city posted stop signs on the two-lane portion of Seventh at the intersections of Friedman, Washington and Columbia, but a few weeks later, they took down the signs at Columbia.

  • Squads show spirit at games

    The North-South All Star Games brought players from all over the state to compete in girls and boys basketball on Friday and football on Saturday. Las Vegas Cheer squads from West Las Vegas and Robertson High Schools get a chance to hone their skills for the upcoming year as they root for the All-Stars.

    Cardinal and Don cheerleaders switch sides at the half, the team that was cheering for the North team will then cheer for the South and vice versa.