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  • Mayor forms crime task force

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez is proposing the creation of a task force to identify the root causes of crime and recommend strategies to deal with them.

    The idea came soon after a man allegedly killed another in an apparent road-rage incident in central Las Vegas.

  • West now giving stations equal time

    The electronic board outside West Las Vegas High School has had a message in recent times: If you want to follow Dons sports action, listen to KNMX radio station.

    Indeed, KNMX plays West games. But then again, so does its rival, KFUN.

    So why not include both stations?

    West Superintendent Jim Abreu said he had no idea why the sign only included one station, adding that he hadn’t noticed it. But he said the district should give equal time to both. As such, he had the board changed to include both stations earlier this week.

  • Courthouse renovation completed

    The San Miguel County government is on the move — literally.

    This week, the offices of the county clerk, treasurer, assessor, planning and zoning, and finance have been moving back into the old county courthouse, which had been under renovation. These offices had been at the Mills Plaza the last few months.

    This week’s move may have meant some interruptions in services to citizens, County Manager Les Montoya said.

  • City to buy SUV for administration

    The city administration will get to buy a $20,000-plus sport utility vehicle to take longer trips.

    Last week, the City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a Suburban, although some questioned whether the city could get a more fuel-efficient car.

    The car seats eight people, City Manager Timothy Dodge said. He said it wouldn’t just be for him but other members of the administration.

    Dodge said he already uses his own car for traveling around town for work, but he said he and others would take the Suburban for out-of-town trips.

  • MONDAY ONLINE STORY: RHS employees on leave, 'inappropriate' activities alleged

    Two employees at Robertson High School have been placed on leave for "inappropriate" activities, the superintendent said today.

    Superintendent Rick Romero confirmed information that cheerleading coach Krystle King was placed on leave last week for allegations of "inappropriate behavior" and counselor Amadee Duran on suspicion of "inappropriate contact."

  • Man convicted in girl's death

    SANTA ROSA — The family of murder suspect David Levi Chavez thought it had good news when the judge read the jury’s verdict Friday afternoon — not guilty of first-degree murder.

    They erupted in loud cheers — prematurely as it turned out.

    District Judge Abigail Aragon then announced that the jury had found Las Vegas resident Chavez, 22, guilty of second-degree murder in the 2008 death of 6-year-old Jasmine Garcia. The victim had been sleeping in a house on Las Vegas’ Union Street when she was struck by gunfire.

  • Official: West 'in heck of a pickle'

    West Las Vegas school board member Caroline Lopez told her colleagues late last week that she agreed with most of the findings in a scathing state report on the district.

    The board’s regular meeting was on Thursday night, just hours after the state Legislative Finance Committee released its report on West and four other districts, including the Las Vegas City Schools.

    For five hours of the meeting, nothing was said about the state analysis. But shortly after 11 p.m., Lopez voiced her opinion on the committee’s 28-page report.

  • Union, city struggle to strike deal

    An official from the city’s biggest union says it’s having a difficult time reaching a new agreement with the city.

    Chris Armijo, a representative of the city chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, tried to air the union’s views during the public input portion of Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

  • Co-op maintaining power lines

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative is working with contractors to maintain its infrastructure.

    A recent memo from the co-op said that Sundance Power Pole Inspections has been hired to test power poles for structural integrity along the coop’s more than 1,800 miles of lines.  The company uses global positioning site technology along with Google Earth imaging to alert the co-op’s management to critical issues, hopefully reducing system failures.

  • Hunters angered with state's planned land swap

    Elk season is on at White’s Peak, but a proposed land swap may eventually remove some portion of that prime hunting ground from public use.

    And that’s angering some hunters.

    The State Land Office is proposing to give a portion of the White’s Peak land to the Express UU Bar Ranch and the Stanley Ranch in exchange for other land. The White’s Peak land, opponents say, has been used by area residents for hunting and herb gathering for generations. They fear that hunting that land would become a privilege of the rich if it were given to the ranches.