Local News

  • Gates sees no bar to lifting gay ban

    By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that he sees no roadblocks to ending the ban on openly gay military service, and if the top officers of each service recommend moving ahead on the repeal before the end of the month, he will endorse it.

  • Gallinas fire chiefs suspended

    The chief and deputy chief of the Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department have been suspended pending an investigation into allegations that they physically assaulted another volunteer firefighter.

    “We got a complaint from a volunteer, and he complained that he was physically assaulted by the two superior officers in that department,” San Miguel County Manger Les Montoya said.

    Tobias Lucero is the department’s chief and Lorenzo Montoya is the department’s deputy chief. Both are volunteers.

  • Standing up to Cancer
  • Grad rate up at West, down at East

    The latest graduation figures released last week by the state Public Education Department contained good news for West Las Vegas High and not so good news for Robertson High.

    The four-year graduation rate for West Las Vegas High shot up 9.9 percent from the prior year while the rate at Robertson dropped by 5.6 percent.

    The PED’s latest numbers show that 81.8 percent of the students who began at West High as freshmen graduated four years later with the class of 2010. The graduation rate for West High’s class of 2009 had been 71.9 percent.

  • State agencies laying off workers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Nearly four dozen state workers, most of them in the Public Education Department, are losing their jobs next month because of layoffs as agencies deal with budget cuts.

    The State Personnel Board approved plans Friday to lay off 44 workers in the Education Department, the Economic Development Department, Regulation and Licensing Department, Commission on the Status of Women, State Land Office and Organic Commodity Commission. The job losses take effect July 1 with the start of the new budget year.

  • Fireworks banned in San Miguel County

    With the Fourth of July holiday just a few weeks away, San Miguel County officials issued a notice Thursday reminding the public that fireworks are banned in the county.

    “The drought conditions have persisted. The terrain is volatile. Any firework, or any spark can set off a disaster fire,” County Fire Chief Russell Pacheco said Friday.

    The fireworks are banned under the Level III fire restrictions imposed throughout the county in April. The county fireworks ban is not in force within the Las Vegas and Pecos municipal boundaries.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, June 14 — The building committee of the Las Vegas lodge of Elks announced at the regular meeting of the lodge last night that it had accepted the plans submitted by Architect E. W. Hart for the new club home. Drawings of the exterior of the building ... were presented for the inspection of the Elks... The building will be erected upon the lots at the corner of Ninth St. and Douglas Avenue, recently purchased by the lodge. The style is of the English manor house of the Tudor period...

  • Looking Ahead

    Flag Day event is Tuesday
    Woodmen of the World Lodge 2 in coordination with the city of Las Vegas and the VFW Post 1547 will host a Flag Day presentation at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Veterans Park on Mills Avenue. Everyone is invited to participate.

  • Weather - June 13, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 88. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear and breezy at night, with a low around 53.

    Sunny, with a high near 88. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 53.

    Sunny, with a high near 88. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 54.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:45 a.m. to 8:17 p.m.

  • FYI

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.