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  • City avoids hiring consultant

    The Las Vegas City Council recently rejected hiring a consultant to help form a residents council for public housing. So the city found a free way to get the job done.

    The authority has entered an agreement with Highlands University master’s student Gloria Tafoya to start the residents council and work on other projects for the housing authority.

    In June, the housing authority proposed that the city enter into a contract with Highlands University professor James Alarid for up to $5,700 to form the residents council, which amounted to $25 per resident.

  • Refuge telescope stolen

    The field telescope from Crane Lake Overlook at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge has been stolen.

    The 85-pound long-distance field telescope was stolen from Crane Lake Overlook sometime last week. The refuge staff became aware of the missing telescope on Aug. 27 after a birding visitor discovered it missing and reported it. The bolts securing the telescope (25 inches long and 9 inches wide) to the column were severed leaving the column standing alone.

  • East loses data when server goes out

    The Las Vegas City Schools district lost data when one of its servers went out on Aug. 19, but the problem hasn’t affected students, an official said last week.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said both hard drives in one of the district’s servers went out, so that meant a loss of data inputted in June, July and early August.

    He said if just one of the hard drives had lost the data, the other one could have recovered the information.

    Now, district staff is reinputting the data, which includes student scheduling information, Romero said.

  • Blues festival's organizer explains meaning behind event's name

    On Saturday, Casa de Cultura will put on the second annual Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival. It’s an unusual name for an event, but it has a special meaning for organizer Miguel Angel.

    “When I was a boy growing up on Taos Street in Las Vegas, my great aunt, Estafanita Flores, would have a pot of beans cooking on the stove almost every day of the year,” he said. “On the rare day that we didn’t have beans, we suffered pangs of denial.”

  • Officer plans to run for mayor

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz says he wants a younger, more energetic person to take his place when his term expires.

    City police Officer Dennis Nelson, 41, thinks he’s that person.

    Last week, Nelson, a city officer for the last couple of years, revealed that he would be running for the city’s top job in 2012. He is the first to announce his intention to run for mayor; Ortiz said a few weeks ago that he would serve just one term.

  • County yet to select Cinder bidder

    San Miguel County had been prepared to award a contract to a local company to build a walkway along Cinder Road.

    But the county delayed making a decision this week because of a licensing issue with the contractor, Sangre de Cristo Gravel Products.

    The company’s previous license expired April 30. It was renewed Aug. 18.

  • Feds: Housing agency improves

    The Las Vegas Public Housing Authority is making progress in a number of areas, which may result in its shedding of its troubled status, a federal official said last week.

    The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department placed the authority in troubled status in 2005 because of a number of problems. That status meant HUD would give the local agency much greater scrutiny.

  • City eyes privatizing trash service

    For the first time in recent memory, the Las Vegas City Council heard a pitch for privatizing its solid waste service.

    The privatization idea has long been a political hot potato, even though the city has hired a private ambulance service for years.

    Last week, representatives of Houston-based Waste Management Inc. touted the efficiencies of a large national corporation.

  • Three West schools make standard; only one at East does

    Three schools in the West Las Vegas school district have met a nationally-imposed standard, while only one in the Las Vegas City Schools jurisdiction did.

    On the west side Rio Gallinas Charter School and Union and Valley elementary schools made the federal standard of adequate yearly progress. Rio Gallinas and Union also passed the year before.

    East’s Paul D. Henry Elementary also met the standard for the second year in a row.

  • City official criticizes Fiesta Council, calls it unprofessional

    City Councilwoman Diane Moore is calling for the city to take over Fiestas de Las Vegas, saying the group that runs the annual event is plagued with problems.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Moore told her colleagues that she felt the current Fiesta Council had been unprofessional. She requested that the city bring Fiesta Council leaders to the next council meeting to discuss the group’s finances.