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  • City fire hydrants to be tested Friday

    About 17 of the city’s fire hydrants will be flow tested this Friday as part of an Insurance Services Office inspection of fire protection in the community.

    The outcome of the inspection affects property insurance rates in the area, and city Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the hydrant testing needs to get done despite the Stage IV water restrictions that have been in effect since April.

    “We have to prove that we can protect your homes if something happens,” he said.

  • GOP objects to redistricting plan for PRC

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  —  Republicans are lining up against a Democratic-backed proposal for redistricting New Mexico’s utility regulatory agency.

    Republicans complained Saturday that proposed district boundary changes for the Public Regulation Commission will make it harder for GOP candidates to compete in some parts of the state.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 19, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, Sept. 19 — Yesterday the ground at the corner of Ninth Street and Douglas Avenue was broken for the foundation of the Elks’ new $30,000 club house and in six months from today the Las Vegas lodge will have one of the largest and finest homes in the Southwest...  The exterior of the building, which is of the English Tudor, or modified Gothic type, is to be of brown flashbrick extensively trimmed with native stone... The roof is to be half pitch and covered with red clay tile.

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 19, 2011

    LVCS board meeting is Tuesday

    The Las Vegas City Schools Board regular meeting begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the board room in the administration building at 901 Douglas Ave. Items for action include selection of a replacement for Ricky Serna, who has resigned his board position.

  • Weather - Sept. 19, 2011

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Calm wind becoming west 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 50. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. West wind 5-10 mph.

    Tuesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind around 5 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas remains in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Annual concert for the birds on Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The air will ring with the sound of mariachi music in a serenade for the birds at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday. Originating in the state of Jalisco in Mexico, mariachis accompany celebrations of every kind and speak often of heroism and love.

    The Friends of Las Vegas National Refuge celebrate another year of public service with a love song to the birds and your national wildlife refuge.

  • Breaking: Serna nominates Ernesto Salazar for board seat

    Outgoing Las Vegas City Schools board member Ricky Serna nominated Ernesto Salazar to his position on the board during a special work session  earlier this evening.

    Serna's resignation from the school board becomes effective tomorrow, Sept. 16 - just several months after his election to the board.

    Other interested applicants announced during the Thursday evening meeting are: Christopher M. "Chris" Torres and Sean Medrano. They both expressed written interest in Serna's board position.

  • Man killed in home dispute

    A Las Vegas man was killed early Wednesday morning during a domestic dispute, Las Vegas police said.

    Angelo Padilla, 40, died after sustaining what appear to be stab wounds, Police Chief Christian Montaño said. Padilla was pronounced dead at the home, located on the 200 block of Commerce, near the Interstate.

    Shirley Griego, the woman who police said killed Padilla, sustained injuries that required medical treatment, Montaño said. He did not know how old
    Griego is, nor the spelling of her first name.

  • City housing project hits many snags

    A renovation of city public housing units on Church Street and New Mexico Avenue is aimed at increasing curb appeal of the duplexes, but a mixup with the contractor put the residents safety at risk, city Housing Director Robert Pacheco acknowledged during a public meeting on Tuesday.

    Sidewalks were torn out, brick was pulled off the facade and windows remain covered with plastic.