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  • No raises for top West officials

    West Las Vegas district is playing it conservative with its money this year, officials said. And that means top administrative staff won’t be getting any raises, they said.

    Last week, the West school board discussed the already-approved budget, and members, as they have in previous meetings, asked about raises for employees.

    Member Caroline Lopez referred to talk in the community that some on the administrative staff would be getting raises, She also questioned discrepancies between last year’s and this year’s base salaries.

  • Youth workers help with parks

    Money from a “Keep America Beautiful” grant has come to the rescue of an overburdened city staff responsible for maintaining city parks.

    Seven Las Vegas high school students have been busy raking, mulching, painting and doing a general cleanup around parks and streets.

    KAB Coordinator Kathy Fisher said she got a grant to hire local kids for summer work, and those driving around Plaza Park may have seen the good work they have been doing for their community.

  • Annual fiesta to start in the Plaza

    Fiestas de Las Vegas starts Thursday in Plaza Park, with entertainment, food and plenty of vendors.

    The festivities will last through Sunday and include a parade, a fishing derby and a run.

    This year is the 121st annual Fiestas. The vendors surround Plaza Park and line up on Bridge Street. The eats typically include Navajo tacos, roasted corn on the cob, fajitas, beans and hamburgers. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy candy, caramel apples and cotton candy.

  • Santa Fe mourns teens’ deaths

    SANTA FE — Teary-eyed teens and grim-faced parents gathered Monday at a Santa Fe high school to mourn the deaths of four students killed in a weekend crash with a suspected drunken driver traveling the wrong way on a highway.

    They comforted one another and the parents of two girls who died in early Sunday’s wreck, talking quietly and scribbling messages on big poster boards at long tables filled with photos and flowers at Santa Fe Preparatory School.

  • Ex-Cardinal practices with West

    A former Robertson High School football player who pleaded guilty to attacking teammates during a camp last year practiced for three days recently with the West Las Vegas football team.

    The Optic called Superintendent Jim Abreu on Monday about whether Santiago Armijo or any of the other five assault suspects had practiced with the Dons football team. At the time, Abreu said no, but he later found out that Armijo had joined the team’s unofficial morning practices two times last week and on Monday.

  • Acequias laud pact with city

    William Gonzales says he and other farmers and ranchers have been working for years to get the city to sit down and talk about sharing water on the Gallinas River.

    And, by his account, they weren’t invited to the table until last year.

    Months of negotiations have resulted in a water-sharing agreement for this year. If it works out, it may be the basis for a permanent agreement.

  • Housing project for disabled expected to begin soon

    Officials broke ground last week on a housing project for people with behavioral health issues and other disabilities.

    The $2.2 million Vista Gallinas Apartments project will create 15 new rental homes and a community center. It will be on Ridge Runner Road, behind Wal-Mart.

    It was a controversial project when it was proposed three years ago. During public meetings, a number of residents feared that the residents of the complex would be a threat to children and the elderly. Others said such worries were baseless.

  • Money won’t go from one school to other

    Money saved on the Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary School project won’t go to repairs at Valley School, an official says.

    A couple of weeks ago, the district’s architect, Antonio Ortega, reported that the money would go from Don Cecilio to Valley.

    But West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu said that wasn’t the case. He clarified the matter on radio station KFUN.

    Abreu said the district has found a bunch of deficiencies in the addition that the school board approved for the Valley School gymnasium and the classrooms.

  • Vegas man arrested in knife assault

    A Las Vegas man has been charged in connection with assaulting three others with a knife at a house in the 200 block of Union Street, city police said.

    Sergio Acuna, 30, 820 E. Roybal St., faces three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

    According to a criminal complaint, one of the victims had gone to the Highway General Market on Grand Avenue, which is near his house in the 200 block of Union Street. When the victim was buying cigarettes, Acuna took out a pocket knife and swung it at him, cutting the victim, police said.

  • City again targeting Tilden house

    The house is an unquestionable eyesore: The mailbox is full of pens and pencils. The doorway is blocked by a piece of furniture and other junk. A heap of old fabrics and assorted items covers a portion of the yard.

    The house at 921 Tilden St. has been a problem property before, and the city is trying to deal with the issue yet again. The owner, Gordy Maxine Thatcher-Godfrey, has a penchant for collecting and storing whatever she finds around town both inside and outside her house.