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  • 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.

  • Post office reacts to petition

    Postal Service officials are downplaying a recent petition against Las Vegas Postmaster Alberta Ellis.

    Barbara Wood, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service’s Albuquerque district, which includes Las Vegas, said the more than 300 signatures on the petition are only a few people compared to the population of the Meadow City, which is more than 14,000.

    Last month, the petition was presented to U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., seeking Ellis’ removal as postmaster. Lujan’s office didn’t have any comment on the request.

  • West wants money to go to Valley

    As West Las Vegas district architect Antonio Ortega approached the podium last week, Board Chairwoman Christine Ludi quipped, “Are you coming back to ask us for the money you saved us?”

    Ortega said, “Yes, but just a little bit, but these are good change orders.”

    Ortega told the board the district had about $130,000 of the money it appropriated for the Don Cecilio Martinez Elementary School project, and pointed out where those dollars could best be spent. 

  • State works on Grand Ave. plans

    A downtown organization would like to have as much landscaping as possible on a portion of Grand Avenue targeted for renovation.

    But it looks like the state won’t be putting any vegetation in the median for the Grand project, which is slated to start early next year.

    In March, the City Council decided to keep Grand Avenue at four lanes in the renovated area, which will be from National Avenue to Tilden Street.

  • Officials to get pay cuts

    Top West Las Vegas will see cuts in their pay; rank-and-file employees will not.

    West Las Vegas School’s Business Manager Doug Hendrickson said at a recent school board meeting that the district would be working with less money next year. In light of what officials called a significant shortfall, the superintendent, associate superintendent and business manager agreed to pay cuts.  

    Hendrickson said that even with stimulus funding, the district is projecting revenue next fiscal year of $14 million, which is down 8 percent from this year.

  • More rules pushed for film projects

    City officials are proposing stricter regulations for film projects in Las Vegas, but they’re stopping short of a moratorium on such productions.

    Under a proposed resolution, the city would require that a certain percentage of businesses or residents sign off on a movie production that would impact regular access to their properties. Officials said the proportion in other communities have ranged from 60 to 90 percent.

  • Council to discuss film regulations

    The Las Vegas City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Middle School's lecture hall to discuss possible regulations on film productions in town.

    Some have complained that movie projects are hurting their businesses; others are touting the economic benefits of the film industry.

    The council will meet at Memorial Middle School's lecture hall. For more information on the meeting, call the city clerk's office at 454-1401, ext. 269.

  • Ankle express for post office?

    The Las Vegas post office has been short on trucks, so the postmaster has been reportedly asking carriers to walk to their routes and deliver.

    Such requests apparently haven’t been sitting well with carriers.

    On Monday, carrier Greg Deges was seen pushing a mail cart up the hill on Eighth Street near Douglas Avenue, going toward his route a few blocks away.

  • City asked to help with shelter

    A local group is asking the city for help to set up a permanent shelter for the homeless. Members of the City Council say they’re interested.

    Last winter, First Presbyterian Church made available temporary space for such a shelter. Volunteers worked in shifts, and paid staffers covered those times when no volunteers were signed up.

    From Nov. 23 to April 1, the shelter served 47 people, who used the facility for a total of 835 days. Most of the people in the shelter were chronically homeless Las Vegas residents, but some were traveling through town.