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  • Chamber under scrutiny

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce has come under increasing criticism over the last couple of weeks.

    This is in the wake of the controversial firing of Vince Howell as the marketing coordinator in November.

    At last week’s City Council meeting, Councilman Andrew Feldman suggested the city conduct a performance and fiscal audit of the chamber because the city gives money to the group. He said the chamber was suffering from “serious problems,” although he didn’t say what they were.

  • Clear sidewalks, city says

    The city of Las Vegas is asking that people clear their sidewalks after snowstorms.

    A city ordinance makes it unlawful for tenants or owners of properties to allow any snow or ice to remain on a sidewalk next to a property for longer than 24 hours after snow has fallen or ice has formed.

    City code enforcement officers said they plan to focus on commercial districts and areas near schools. They start by issuing warnings; subsequent violations may result in tickets.

  • Las Vegas' annual report costs thousands

    Las Vegas city officials wanted to get the word out about its accomplishments over the last year, and it did so in an annual report released last month.

    The cost to taxpayers: $5,900.

    That’s a cost at least one city councilman and a mayoral candidate are questioning.

    The city mailed out the 16-page, glossy booklet to residents, its production costing $4,652 and postage $1,255.

  • Alta Vista bans smoking inside and out

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is going tobacco-free on Jan. 1.  

    After this time, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted — inside or outside — on hospital property and hospital-owned clinics. This initiative will include the elimination of designated areas outside Alta Vista where employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products.  

  • City gets interim finance director

    The Las Vegas City Council last week approved Pamela Marrujo, the customer service manager in the utilities department, as the interim finance director.

    Marrujo was sworn in as her family watched.

    Tana Vega, the deputy finance director, has been serving as the interim director since Abran Romero resigned in September. Vega was hired as deputy director earlier this year; she worked with City Manager Timothy Dodge when he was manager in Santa Rosa.

  • Woman convicted in killing

    A woman accused of stabbing a man to death was found guilty Friday of voluntary manslaughter.

    A nine-woman, three-man jury produced its verdict against Bernadette Sanchez, 36, after less than an hour of deliberations. She was also found guilty of tampering with evidence.

    During the four-day trial, the defense tried to show that Sanchez stabbed Timoteo M. Jaramillo, 36, because he came into her house and attacked her friend, Elizabeth Martin.

  • Luna policy for trades criticized

    Luna Community College contends it is accommodating vocational students who are pursuing hobbies, not degrees or certifications.

    But Kirk Ludi, one of those students, doesn’t believe that to be the case. Instead, hobbyists are getting the shaft, he said.

    Ludi, a West Las Vegas High School teacher, has been an automotive student at Luna for four years. He takes both automotive maintenance and collision repair.

  • Official: Board backs superintendent

    The president of the Las Vegas City Schools board this week offered his support to Superintendent Rick Romero.

    In so doing, he criticized a story in the Las Vegas Times that raised the possibility that board members were discussing firing Romero or buying out his contract, “depending on which board member you ask.”

    “That’s a big lie,” President Phillip Vigil said at a board meeting.

  • Council rejects charter again

    For the second time, the City Council on Wednesday rejected a proposed new city constitution, with one member taking a committee to task for not following the council’s directions.

    Two weeks ago, a council majority turned down a proposed charter because it contained a provision for instant runoffs, which would let voters rank their choices in municipal elections, resulting in majority winners.

  • Mayor's prayer idea voted down

    Mayor Tony Marquez may not have had his prayer answered Wednesday night.

    The Las Vegas City Council unanimously rejected his proposal to have an invocation, or prayer, at the beginning of each meeting.

    Marquez noted that he proposed prayer during meetings when he was a councilman four years ago — an idea his colleagues rejected back then.

    In arguing for his proposal, Marquez said the U.S. Congress and state Legislature have prayers to begin their sessions.

    “It’s my opinion that it will help us get along better,” he said.