Local News

  • 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.

  • Program sends actors to check liquor store compliance

    A local program has sent actors to liquor stores to determine whether the retailers are following state law.  

    The Responsible Retailing Forum Prevention Program has been in effect for a few months in Las Vegas.

    This project is not connected to law enforcement and is not meant to entrap establishments or staff — rather results are to be used as educational feedback for participating establishments, according to a press release.  

  • Mora project delayed again, has been subject of disputes

    The project to build a multi-purpose field at Mora High School has been delayed once again.

    The Mora school board has terminated the contract with Bosque Farms-based Lone Mountain Contracting Inc. out of frustration over the lack of progress and quality and the inability to agree on what should happen next, said Dora Romero, the district’s superintendent.

    This is the second time the project has experienced a major delay.

  • Voters to decide on bond issues

    During Tuesday’s school board elections, voters will also decide on four-year general obligation bonds for infrastructure improvements.

    If approved, there would be no tax increases. However, if the bond issues fail, taxes will go down.

    The West Las Vegas School district is asking voters to approve a $5 million bond that would be in effect for four years, while at Las Vegas City Schools, the aggregate principal amount would not exceed $8 million.