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  • Officials shown the door

    Mayor Tony Marquez changed the leadership at City Hall on Friday night, leading the way in the dismissal of a majority of department heads and the appointment of a new city manager.

    Marquez cast the deciding vote in two actions taken by the Las Vegas City Council. The first was to let go six of 10 department heads. The second was to appoint Sharon Caballero as city manager.

  • Official suggests end to litigation

    For a sparsely attended meeting, several big issues were discussed Thursday in the City Council chambers about one of the city’s most vexing problems — water.

    In a meeting dubbed, “Community Partnership Special Water Meeting” called by Mayor Tony Marquez, the city laid out exactly where it’s at and where it’s going, from conservation, to litigation, to a proposed new reservoir in Gallinas Canyon.

  • Mayor to nominate Caballero

    Mayor Tony Marquez has called another special Las Vegas City Council meeting for tonight — to address two issues.

    One is that he wants Sharon Caballero as the new city manager. Caballero is the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation’s executive director and a former Highlands University president.

    “Sharon Caballero is the best qualified candidate for the job,” Marquez said. “She has a passion to move Las Vegas forward.”

  • New library groundbreaking set for Saturday

    A groundbreaking ceremony for the new David Cargo Library will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Anton Chico. Expected guests include Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., State Auditor Hector Balderas and former Lt. Gov. Roberto Mondragon.

    “Tom (Udall) said he hoped to be here but it depends on how long the Congress is in session,” Cargo said.

  • Carnegie gets new library director

    By Raven Romero

    Las Vegas Optic

    One hundred years ago a man had an idea. He valued books and he believed that everybody should have access to them, so he established a trust, to build libraries in small communities throughout the United States.

    His name was Andrew Carnegie, and one of these libraries was constructed in Las Vegas. With it, a long line of librarians have kept the books flowing. Leo McCormick joins these people as the new librarian for Carnegie Library.

  • District says farewell to Campos

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Pete Campos leaves the district’s top job with fond memories and a list of accomplishments remembered during a surprise farewell party preceding this week’s school board meeting.

    Board vice president Ramon “Swoops” Montao said this was a way to say thanks to Campos for his service during his last board meeting with City Schools. He also recognized Campos’ wife Lori, son Peter, parents and other family members in the audience.

  • Still no answers regarding fatal fire

    Four months after a fire that took the life of Laurencio Via, the state fire marshal has yet to release a report, but his grandson and some of his neighbors believe they know what caused it.

    Via, 82, died from smoke inhalation in a blaze that started around 9 p.m. on Feb. 8 in his mobile home in Watrous. Power had been out the better part of that day, and when it came back on at roughly 8:45 p.m., it did so with a power surge that neighbors say destroyed some electrical appliances and caused others to catch fire and even explode.

  • City water restrictions imposed

    With a divided vote Wednesday, the Las Vegas City Council placed Stage 1 use restrictions on the city’s water customers.

    The action means the city’s water users must curtail their water use in several ways, including outside watering, swimming pool upkeep and ornamental fountain use, car washing, restaurants serving water to customers, and fire hydrants. (See info box, Page A2)

  • Youth program teaches hard work

    The Luna Community College Leadership Camp is a weeklong endurance test for high school juniors and seniors filled with physical fitness, instruction and lectures. In the end students see rewards in increased self-confidence, new friendships — and a brand new laptop computer.

    “We have a full week of instruction on leadership,” said Art Abreu, camp director. “We have talks, classes and actually live and breathe leadership, with a special emphasis on respect.”

  • Board passes 'healthy' budget

    Las Vegas City School’s Finance director Myrna Garcia says the estimated $17 million operating budget for the 2008-09 school year keeps all jobs safe and increases teacher pay by a small percentage point or two above the state recommendation.

    “We are able to sustain our programs without having to cut back on our staff. The only federal program we’re not getting is the Reading First. Other than that we’re able to keep all jobs and programs intact, including funding for athletics. We’re doing good,” Garcia said.