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  • BREAKING NEWS: Teacher, principal on leave because of alleged sexual misconduct, official says

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero confirmed Thursday that he made the decisions to put a principal and a teacher on leave because of allegations of sexual misconduct.

    Romero also said he turned the cases over to the Las Vegas Police Department, which will conduct its own investigations into the charges.

    "It's not our place to determine what's criminal and what's not. That's law enforcement's job," Romero said. "We're taking this seriously."

  • Las Vegas still goes without city clerk

    On Jan. 21, the City Council approved the recommendation to hire Jeanne-Marie Crockett as the new city clerk.

    She was in attendance during that meeting, but shortly after, she decided not to take the job.

    In an interview this week, Crockett said there was a difference between the salary amount she was given during the interview process and what she was informed in writing. As such, Crockett, who works at Santa Fe Community College, didn’t accept the offer. She wouldn’t say what the varying amounts were.

  • Refuge officials report illegal dumping problem

    The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge has come under recent attack from litterbugs and illegal dumpers, officials say.

    A large projection screen television was dumped near the entrance to the visitor center and office of the refuge on Jan. 27. The excitement and awe-inspiring views of sandhill cranes and Canada geese flying over the visitor center and the Quintana Overlook is diluted when visitors are faced with the signs of abuse to their refuge, officials said.

  • City fires utilities director

    Utilities Director George Du Four’s car broke down on the way from Albuquerque, so he couldn’t make it to Wednesday’s City Council to argue against his firing.

    A councilman supporting Du Four pleaded for a delay — to no avail. By a 3-2 vote, the council fired the director.

    After a week and a half of secrecy, Mayor Tony Marquez finally revealed the reason why he wanted to let Du Four go: He contended the director had adjusted customer accounts in violation of city ordinance.

    No details were given.

  • Sporting goods store opens doors

    National sporting goods retailer Hibbett Sports has opened its newest store in Las Vegas.

    The new Hibbett Sports store opened at 2500 Seventh St. in Las Vegas on Friday and will employ eight full- and part-time team members.

    Announcing the opening, Mickey Newsome, chief executive officer of Hibbett Sports, said, “Las Vegas is another great market for Hibbett Sports. We think Hibbett Sports will be a great addition to Las Vegas. We believe this convenient new location is a win-win for Hibbett Sports and the Las Vegas community.”

  • Manager hopefuls introduced to residents

    Candidates for city manager met with the public and department directors on Tuesday.

    Today, they’ll undergo interviews with a mayor-appointed selection committee. The committee members are Gus Cordova, who is with the recruitment firm Mercer Group Inc. and has 29 years experience as a city manager; local funeral home owner, former mayor and former state Sen. Alfred Nelson; and local real estate agent Corrine Leger.       

  • Two incumbents win, another loses

    Voters on the east side kept one incumbent on the school board in Tuesday’s election, while they threw out another.

    On the west side, one incumbent trounced three rivals, while a fresh face in politics prevailed with a comfortable margin.

    For East’s Position 1, political newcomer Gabriel Lucero won in a landslide with 50.4 percent over longtime incumbent Philip Leger (32 percent) and former Las Vegas Mayor Matt Martinez (17.6 percent).

  • RHS principal on leave

    Richard Lopez, principal of Robertson High School, was placed on paid administrative leave Monday, officials said.

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero said he made the decision, but he wouldn’t reveal the reasons, saying it was a personnel matter.

    Lopez became assistant principal and athletic director in 1999 and was promoted to principal in 2001.

  • Council to decide Du Four’s future

    It’s pretty clear that Mayor Tony Marquez wants to get rid of Utilities Director George Du Four.

    Now, all he needs is a city manager who will make such a recommendation.

    Late last month, Marquez placed Du Four on unpaid leave until Wednesday’s City Council meeting, in which members would decide the director’s fate.

    But the city charter requires that a dismissal or appointment of a director be on the recommendation of the city manager.

  • Five vying to become manager

    The city is looking at five candidates for city manager, a position the mayor is hoping to fill quickly.

    Las Vegas resident Barbara Perea Casey, a former superintendent of West Las Vegas schools, had been on the list but she withdrew.  There are no local residents among the finalists.

    The Mercer Group Inc., a nationwide recruiting firm, presented the names of the finalists to Mayor Tony Marquez over the weekend. The mayor has said he wants a candidate with municipal government experience, which the five remaining finalists have.