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  • Man gets 25 years in murder

    The Rainsville man accused of fatally stabbing and setting a man on fire in 2009 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, District Attorney Richard Flores announced Thursday.

    Michael Strand Jr., 23, had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, armed robbery, arson, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle and conspiracy in November. The victim in the case was 59-year-old Roberto Mendez, whose burned body was discovered in Buena Vista Ranch on June 8, 2009.

  • Tijerina to attend local unity event

    Reies Lopez Tijerina, a prominent figure in the Chicano Movement and one of the people involved in the infamous 1967 Tierra Amarilla courthouse raid, will take part in several public events on Wednesday.

  • Applicants for East posts revealed

    The Las Vegas City Schools district put out a help wanted sign nearly a month ago seeking applicants for all of its administrative positions, from associate superintendent on down to assistant principals.

    The move, which stems from interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s decision to open up all administrative positions, has generated its share of criticism.

  • West board OKs $12.2M budget

    The West Las Vegas School District has submitted its budget for the upcoming school year to the state Public Education Department.

    The $12.2 million budget is roughly $988,000 less than the current year’s budget, Superintendent Ruben Cordova said.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911
    Tuesday, June 6 — McGovern and Ryan, the sewer contractors, began work this morning in the alley just west of Charles Rosenthal’s store on Center street. Over fifty men were in the gang and they made the dirt fly when they were given the signal to dig. The contractors expect to do considerable work in the downtown section at the beginning, spreading into the resident portions from that as a central radius... Digging and the laying of pipe may be done in several parts of the sewer district simultaneously. 

  • Looking Ahead

    Relay for Life is Friday

    Join the American Cancer Society in the fight to create a world with less cancer by participating in Relay for Life starting at 6 p.m. on Friday at the West Las Vegas High School football/track field. For more information, contact Gloria Martinez-Friestad at 505-820-3538 or gloria.martinez@cancer.org

  • Weather - June 6, 2011

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 10-20 mph.

    Tuesday

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns with potable water. 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.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Osha fire has burned 700 acres

    TAOS — Crews kept a wildfire in the Carson National Forest about 30 miles from Taos from spreading over the last day.

    The Osha fire had burned one square mile, or 700 acres, by Saturday afternoon.

    But fire spokeswoman Lori Cook says the blaze’s acreage didn’t increase from Friday to Saturday.
    The fire’s containment grew from 5 to 15 percent over that period.

  • City water projects funded

    The city of Las Vegas has been awarded nearly $1.9 million to help pay for two key water projects — a backup well at the Taylor Wells Field and extending the city’s effluent water system to Rodriguez Park.

    “It’s part of our overall scheme of working toward both short-term and long-term resolutions to the water problem here,” City Manager Timothy Dodge said.

    A little more than $1.5 million was awarded for Taylor Wells and $330,000 for Rodriguez Park.
    The state Water Trust Board announced the awards on Wednesday.