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  • HUD nixes search policy

    A federal agency is asking that the Las Vegas housing authority eliminate a provision in its contracts with tenants allowing for searches without notice based on “reasonable suspicion” of criminal activity.

    “We have told the housing authority that they will remove that,” said Patricia Campbell, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department.

  • County holds off on Tasers

    The jail warden wants a couple of officers to be able to use Tasers in the jail, but the chairman of the County Commission says he’s reluctant, saying it could create liability for the county.

    Meanwhile, the sheriff complained that the county administration refuses to consider his request for use of the electroshock weapon

    At this week’s County Commission meeting, county officials asked commissioners to approve a policy for the use of Tasers in the jail. And they received support from the jail’s citizens advisory committee.

  • Official to critic: Do you have problem?

    Daniel Jencka had never attended a school board meeting before this week. Someone told him it would be boring.

    He found out otherwise.

    At Tuesday’s meeting of the Las Vegas City Schools board, a number of parents of victims of attacks during last year’s high school football camp showed up to express their concerns to the board. One of those parents invited Jencka, a Las Vegas resident, to come to the meeting.

  • City Council approves new rules for movie productions

    After weeks of debate, the City Council reached agreement Wednesday on new rules for film projects.

    Las Vegas has long been the setting for movies, dating back to 1913. But the projects have long been an irritation for merchants who complain they aren’t adequately compensated for resulting lost business

    Last month, business people turned in a petition calling for a moratorium on movie productions until the city could revise its ordinance for such projects. That set the city into action.

  • Once in charge of local water

    Most people often take a lot of things for granted, like turning on the faucet expecting, water, the world’s most precious resource to flow.

    But Frank Armijo and his former colleagues, Ramon Vialpando, Edward Saavedra, Jerry Aguilar, Art Salazar and Larry Francis, at the Las Vegas water treatment plant know it takes a lot of work, using science, technology and years of experience to make water safe to drink.

  • Madrid says he won’t run for re-election

    Las Vegas City Councilman Morris Madrid an-nounced this week that he wouldn’t run for a second term, but he left open the possibility of a mayoral bid.

    “Eit-her I’m going to play a larger leadership role or none at all. That’s a decision I have to make,” said Madrid, who was elected to represent the west side’s Ward 1 in 2006.

    Madrid, a top official at the state hospital, said he would make an announcement on his political plans next month.

  • Dealership says it has doubled sales since April

    The Enchantment car dealership is under new management and is reportedly seeing an increase in sales.

    Bill Scheid, the general manager and owner, took over the Ford and Chrysler dealership at the beginning of April. He hopes to close on deals with both auto companies to take official ownership.

    Enchantment’s products include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep. It had been around for about three decades.

  • West officials want confirmation

    Three West Las Vegas school board members want a letter of confirmation from the state Public Education Department that the agency is fine with the district’s selection of an auditor.

    At issue is the board’s recent decision to hire Griego Professional Services as the auditor. Some members have expressed concern that he firm isn’t entirely independent because one of its employees, Jolene Perez, a former business manager for West, helped the district’s business office after leaving.

  • Residents say their wells going dry

    Last week, Susan Hayes, an Ojitos Frios resident, got a glass of water, but she couldn’t do the same thing a half hour later. Nothing came out of the faucet.

    A neighbor, Bill Pyles, said Monday he had just enough water in his well to fill up a bathtub. At certain times, it takes an hour for water in his well to build up enough to where family members can flush the toilet again.

  • Car show attracts residents

    Las Vegas isn’t Gotham City, but Batman’s wheels have been seen around here in recent days.

    Resident Kirk Ludi’s has unveiled his Batmobile and showed it off at a car show Saturday.

    A constant stream of people lined up to admire his creation and other restored and custom-built cars at the Custom Car Show & Shine at the Felix Martinez parking lot on the Highlands University campus.