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  • Man gets 10 years for 2009 shooting

    A Las Vegas man who admitted to shooting a man outside a Grand Avenue bar in 2009 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, District Attorney Richard Flores announced last week.

    Gary Esquibel, 24, will also be on parole for two years.

    He pleaded guilty in October to charges of shooting from a motor vehicle causing great bodily harm, trafficking cocaine, and two counts of tampering with evidence.

    A third evidence tampering charge and a charge of attempted murder were dismissed by prosecutors, according to online court records.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Friday, June 9 — Running at the rate of fifty miles an hour, Santa Fe train No. 3, the crack California Limited, collided with a work engine on the main line near Domingo, N.M., this morning at 10:14 o’clock. Engineer A. W. Green of the crew of the work engine was fatally injured and died before being removed from the scene of the wreck. Engineer George Selover of the crew of the engine drawing the limited, was badly injured... All of the injured trainmen, with the exception of Conductor Clark, are residents of Las Vegas.

  • Looking Ahead

    Farmers Market open twice a week

    It’s that time of year again. The Tri-County Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. until sellout on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Sixth Street and University.

  • Weather - June 8, 2011

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 85. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 51. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 85. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Clear and breezy at night, with a low around 53.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 87. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 51.

  • FYI - News

    Carnegie Public Library is now registering young readers for the Summer Reading Program. Registration forms may be picked up at the library. Independent reading is ongoing, and participants will meet at 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays at Carnegie Library Park. Regular Story Time on Wednesdays will resume in August. For more information, contact Carnegie Library at 426-3304.

  • 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.