Local News

  • City delays submission of budget

    City Manager Timothy Dodge says most people wouldn’t want to make expenditures from their checking account if they don’t know how much money is in it.

    The same goes for the city, he said.

    That’s how Dodge explained his decision to cancel, for the second time, a special City Council meeting to approve the city’s annual budget.

    The council was originally expected to take up the budget at a meeting Monday, but it was delayed until Wednesday. Now, the council is slated to address the budget at its regular meeting next Wednesday.

  • HU student center in works

    Architects for the new student center at Highlands University have unveiled preliminary sketches of the three-story, 64,000-square-foot complex.

    The massive center at Eighth Street and National Avenue will house a 250-seat theater, a 400-seat ballroom and a cafeteria for 300, the architects said.

    Studio Southwest Architects said the theater-quality seats will be retractable, so the venue can be used for other events. Also, the large ballroom and cafeteria can be partitioned by sound-proof walls for a variety of events taking place at the same time.

  • District head opposes dress code

    If Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero had his way, the district wouldn’t have its dress code.

    Superintendent Rick Romero, the Las Vegas City Schools board, and teachers and staff had a candid discussion on the district’s dress code at last week’s school board meeting.

    Romero told the board that he has received requests from parents that the dress code at elementary schools be done away with or revised.

  • Baby dies in crash

    A baby perished in a car accident on Interstate 25 near Watrous.

    The baby’s parents are Mike and Emily Stewart of Colorado Springs, state police said. The baby’s name wasn’t immediately available.

    State police Lt. Craig Martin said the family was headed north on the highway during a rainstorm when their car hydroplaned off the road and into some trees around 8 p.m. Sunday.

    Mike Stewart and two of his sons escaped without serious injuries, while Emily Stewart suffered extensive leg injuries, Martin said.

  • City government changes urged

    A panel is recommending major changes to the way the city government operates, including strict ethics rules and curbs on the mayor’s and City Council’s powers.

    Starting Monday, the city Charter Commission will be holding weekly public hearings in each of the city’s wards on a proposed new charter, which is essentially the city’s constitution. The current charter took effect four decades ago, when the two Las Vegases united.

  • Mora fiesta parade attracts hundreds, plenty of politicians

    Mora’s main drag was packed with motorists and people as the town held its annual fiesta over the weekend.

    On Saturday morning, hundreds came out to see the fiesta parade, which started on the south side of town.

    This year’s fiesta queen, Frankie Lee Trujillo, daughter of Rosalie and Ernesto Trujillo of Chacon, was near the beginning of the parade. She is a junior at Mora High School and plans to go college after graduation.

  • Biker injured in accident

    Thousands of bikers came to Las Vegas for the weekend, but only one accident occurred involving a motorcycle during that time, police say.

    Richard Gonzales, 41, who was headed north, was hurt when his bike collided with a car driven by Carmen Villanueva, 68, in the 2900 block of Hot Springs Boulevard around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, police said.

    Las Vegas Deputy Police Chief Christian Montaño said Villanueva entered the flow of traffic, getting in the way of Gonzales’ motorcycle.

  • Request for speed bumps answered

    City Councilwoman Diane Moore requested speed bumps on Legion Drive recently. Shortly after, the city did just that.

    At a council meeting, Moore noted that the Legion Drive project had been completed, but she wanted to know about the speed bumps near Legion Park Elementary School. They were there before the street was redone.

    Speed bumps are popular in Las Vegas. While many towns have none on public streets, they can be found all around the Meadow City. City ordinance allows speed bumps near schools.

  • A bigger biker bash

    Accompanying the roar of motorcycle engines, there was a little bling, rock ‘n roll and a weekend full of events at the fourth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally in Las Vegas.

  • Teacher remains on paid leave

    An eastside teacher who allegedly sexually abused a student remains on paid leave, a top official said this week.

    Sup-erintendent Rick Romero said the Las Vegas City Schools district has been in contact with its attorneys about Jay Quintana, a teacher and coach at Robertson High School.

    “When we feel we have enough information based on the investigation, then we’ll make a determination,” Romero said. “Jay Quintana will remain on leave until we feel that we have have completed a thorough investigation.”