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  • Rep. Lujan, Cargo visit Mora together

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and former Gov. David Cargo visited Mora on Wednesday to bring Congress to the people.

    After a meal served by the Senior Citizens Center staff, Mora County Commissioner John Olivas introduced Cargo, outlining how much the former governor has done for the Mora area — both in and out of office.

    Cargo spoke about the David Cargo Library, which he established years ago. He said that he is committed to raising more money for the library as well as the Mora Complex. He then introduced Lujan.

  • Bargaining rights defended

    Las Vegans of all ages joined a swelling number of protesters nationwide who say union busting is not acceptable — not in Wisconsin or anywhere else.

    Local activists said they stand with teachers, firefighters, police officers and government workers of all stripes. State budgets should not be balanced on the backs of public employees, they say, while the richest corporations continue to get tax breaks.

  • Senior Profile: Harry Anderson and Meta Levister

    They bring strong perspectives developed during a lifetime of experiences from coast to coast. Meta Levister and Harry Anderson, instructors in the Department of Business and Professional Studies at Luna Community College, impart their knowledge to students, emphasizing a “can do” attitude.

  • Man gets 5th DWI arrest

    A Las Vegas man injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash early Monday was arrested on felony DWI and other charges.

    Peter M. Aragon, 39, of the 800 block of Washington in Las Vegas, is charged with aggravated driving under the influence, driving with a suspended or revoked license, careless driving and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle.

  • Recycling center too successful

    Since Highlands University opened its new recycling drop-off center last November, the campus and Las Vegas community response has been so strong that the bins fill up faster than they can be emptied with existing manpower.

    Consequently, the center has new hours — from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and closed on weekends.

    Plans are to reopen two weekends a month, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., once additional volunteers are on board.

  • Bank robbery suspect from Vegas

    AP and Staff Reports

    A Las Vegas man has been charged with robbing a bank in Santa Fe, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Albuquerque.

    Eric Schlenker, 43, appeared before a federal magistrate Friday, accused of robbing a Wells Fargo branch last Saturday and fleeing on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    The FBI and Santa Fe police say Schlenker’s former girlfriend helped identify him and that led to his arrest Thursday.

    Schlenker remained in federal custody pending a detention hearing Tuesday.

  • Black History Talk
  • Police radio incident being investigated

    An investigation is continuing into charges that a man interfered with Las Vegas Police Department radio communications and threatening officers and their families, according to Chief Christian Montaño.

    Estevan Gutierrez of Las Vegas apparently got hold of a police radio and was using it. He was arrested last Wednesday and held on an outstanding arrest warrant while police continued to investigate the incident. Additional charges may be filed after an joint investigation with FCC agents, Montaño said.

  • West LV schools honored at capitol

    The West Las Vegas school district was honored at the Roundhouse on Friday by the Public Education Department because four of its elementary schools were named among the top 20 exemplary schools in the state.

    Schools from 12 districts were among the top 20 schools that serve the needs of English language learners.

  • Design Review Board wrestled with economic impact

    When the Las Vegas Design Review Board took up the question of whether to approve Allsup’s Convenience Stores Inc.’s demolition and construction plan, preservation may have been a central concern, but simple economics was never far from the discussion.

    “I love history,” board member Mack Crow said at one point in the 4-1/2 hour meeting last week, “but I don’t want history to destroy something good, and I think this will be good for the community.”