Local News

  • East reports fewer students

    Enrollment is down in the Las Vegas City Schools, a top official reported last week.

    Last year, the district had 2,090 students, which has dropped to 2,003 this year, Superintendent Rick Romero told the school board.

    Romero reported that the district is down 87 students as compared to this day last year.

  • City: No basis for suit by ex-worker

    The city is urging a state district judge to throw out a lawsuit by a former employee who alleges breach of contract and wrongful retaliatory discharge.

    In a pleading last week, the city’s attorney, Tony Ortiz, asks that the court dismiss the lawsuit because Pearl Maes, a former secretary in the city manager’s office, doesn’t make the case that the city “constructively” discharged her.

    Maes, who worked for the city from 2000 to 2006, filed a lawsuit in June naming the city of Las Vegas as a defendant.

  • RHS senior joins school board

    Brandyn Jordan was sworn in last week as the new student representative on the Las Vegas City Schools board by Magistrate Judge Philip Romero.

    Board President Patrick Romero said Jordan would have his work cut out for him because he would represent students from the entire district, not just Robertson High School.

  • HUD official 'torpedoed' Vegas

    ALBUQUERQUE — A top federal housing official has “torpedoed” Las Vegas’ housing authority over the last few years because he believes local politicians are inherently corrupt, one of his former subordinates says.

    Mathew O’Grady, a federal housing revitalization specialist who resigned last week after more than two years, said his boss, Floyd Duran, unfairly placed the local housing authority on troubled status out of spite against a former housing director, Lawrence Quintana.

  • Residents can't bring signs to Michelle Obama rally

    Michelle Obama, the wife of the Democratic presidential candidate, will be speaking today at a rally in Las Vegas’ Plaza, and bringing in signs will not be permitted. Pro-Obama signs, however, will be passed out in the Plaza area — after people pass through security.

    A press release from the Obama-Biden campaign announcing Michelle Obama’s visit to Las Vegas’ plaza, slated for this afternoon, stated at the bottom, “No signs or banners permitted.”

  • Las Vegas historic building to be rehabilitated

    At a time when lending dollars are scarce, the state Historic Preservation Division and the Bank of Las Vegas have closed a loan that will help rehabilitate a historic building and open a new business, officials say.

  • Michelle Obama to visit Las Vegas

    Michelle Obama, wife of the Democratic presidential candidate, is expected to speak in Las Vegas on Tuesday.

    The Obama campaign announced over the weekend that Obama would be leading the “Early Vote for Change” rally, which is set to begin at 11 a.m. at Plaza Park. The public entrance will be at the southwest corner of the Plaza. The event will be free and open to the public. Also, people can RSVP at nm.barackobama.com.

  • City’s CNG station again closed

    The compressed natural gas station near City Hall is closing immediately because of a dispensing unit malfunction.

    “With the high prices of gasoline, CNG provides a great and green energy. Unfortunately, the major malfunction forced us to close the natural gas station,” said Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez. “I am working with our utilities director, George DuFour, to figure out a plan of action.”

    The CNG station was installed in 1994; however, the parts for the station were made in 1992. The estimated cost to repair the station is $30,000.

  • HU, hospital expect belt-tightening

    Officials from the state hospital and Highlands University are expecting state budget cuts to take a toll on their institutions, but they haven’t been handed any specific mandates yet.

    Last week, Gov. Bill Richardson ordered cutbacks in state spending to help offset a projected budget shortfall of more than $200 million. He attributes this problem to the nation’s financial crisis.

    Such reductions could have a big impact on Las Vegas, whose economy is dominated by the state government.

  • Woman is driving force at kitchen

    Some years ago, Carol Durham and her husband, Grover Durham, wanted to find a small community where they could spend time volunteering.

    Enter Las Vegas.

    Carol Durham taught mathematics at Florida Southern College, a small private school in Lakeland. When she retired, she and her husband looked for a small community where they could make a difference. So seven years ago, the Durhams packed up their belongings and moved to their new home in Las Vegas.

    Durham has always been active and says part of the joy of living is staying busy helping others.