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Today's News

  • Board wants to close Union

    The West Las Vegas school board tentatively decided last week to move the district’s alternative Family Partnership School into what is now Union Elementary. 

    At a special meeting, the board was unanimous in its decision, overruling a recommendation by the district’s superintendent and architect.

    For years, Union has gained statewide recognition for academic achievement. Its reading and math proficiency scores are the highest in the area.

  • Public can talk to East board about tax hike

    The Las Vegas City Schools board is expected to get the public’s feedback on the unexpected property tax increase at its work session on Thursday.

    The board found out about the tax increase last month. Property owners will see a 30 percent hike in their property tax bills, which will come out in November. A resident who paid $1,500 in taxes in 2009 will pay nearly $2,000 this year.

  • Forum set for state rep candidates

    A forum for the two candidates for District 70 state representative is set for Thursday.

    The event will be 6-8 p.m. in the lecture hall at Memorial Middle School.

    The candidates are the incumbent, Democrat Richard Vigil, and Republican Mel Root. Travis Regensberg had filed as an independent candidate, but the secretary of state determined that he didn’t have enough petition signatures.

    Vigil, who has served since 1999, ran against Root in 2008, prevailing with 70 percent of the vote.

  • Editorial: Still more cuts

    The West Las Vegas school district is disenrolling nine children from its pre-kindergarten program. Superintendent Ruben Cordova said he regretted having to make such a decision.

    As with many programs these days, pre-kindergarten has faced its share of state budget cuts. That’s the result of a tough economy, where nearly 10 percent of the workforce remains unemployed.

    Next year, the state government will have to make some more tough decisions on spending cuts and tax increases. In Las Vegas, where the state government reigns, we’ll have to brace ourselves.

  • Jaguar Invite showcases LV runners

    A third-place finish in this past Saturday’s Jaguar Invitational — behind only Littleton (Colo.) and Rio Rancho — is further evidence that this Robertson girls’ cross country team is for real.

    Kaitlin Hutchinson continued a stellar senior campaign with a third-place individual finish. The Lady Cardinals’ leader completed the 5-kilometer course at the Santa Fe Municipal Recreation Complex in 20 minutes, 45 seconds.

  • RHS' soccer enjoys blowouts

    Back-to-back blowout victories were on the menu as the Robertson boys’ soccer team got some long-awaited home cooking this past week.

    On Monday afternoon, the Cardinals enjoyed a scoring smorgasbord in a 10-0 win over Peñasco.

    Keen Martinez and Henry Robertson each scored a three-goal hat trick, and Brandon Trujillo added two goals and two assists for Robertson.

    The Cardinals and head coach Clarence Montoya hope to win out their remaining games and clinch another district championship.

  • State police arrest repeat DWI offender

    The state police last week arrested a man on a charge of DWI on Legion Drive, an area where the agency has been increasingly targeting drunken drivers.

    Juan Torres, 29, of Wagon Mound was charged with aggravated DWI, having no insurance and driving without a license plate light. It was his fifth DWI offense, police said.

  • Officers union upset with city

    The Las Vegas police officers union has filed a complaint that the city hasn’t been negotiating in good faith.

    Since May 2009, the city and the union, the Las Vegas Police Officers Association, has been in talks about a new contract.

    The last contract expired June 30, 2009, but remains in force until the sides reach a successor agreement.

  • Editorial: Necessary change

    Let’s see now, in recent months, members of the Las Vegas Fiesta Council have:

    • Made mistakes with last summer’s event that cost money and support, but instead of working to fix the problems, they circled the wagons and blamed their mistakes on detractors.

    • Made themselves inaccessible to the public and failed to produce a single financial report since wrapping up the last fiesta.

    • Turned petty in their attacks on a 22-year-old former fiesta queen.

  • Most want more movies in Vegas

    An overwhelming majority of Las Vegans would like to see more movies filmed in Las Vegas, a city survey says.

    The Las Vegas Film Commission was appointed by the mayor and the City Council, and shortly after, a survey was done by the commission and prepared by Highlands University’s marketing department.