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Today's News

  • 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.  

  • City may set up Fiestas committee

    The Las Vegas City Council will consider a resolution to set up a city committee for the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas.

    Under the resolution, the city would invite current and past Fiestas volunteers to take part on the new committee. The city noted in the resolution that the Fiestas take  place on city property.

    The resolution is the recommendation of City Manager Timothy Dodge. The council will take up the matter at its regular meeting tonight.

    As it stands, the independent Fiesta Council runs the annual event, which takes place around the Fourth of July.

  • Letter: NMHU football is a burden

    Highlands football started this season with three embarrassing losses and a squeaker against another winless team. This is a wake-up call, our annual reminder of what a drag the football program has become.

  • Penalties help Rams stuff Dons

    With the usually staunch Portales Rams having a down year, the West Las Vegas football team was hoping to pick up a rare “W” at Blackwater Draw on Friday night.

    Instead, they rode away mulling another difficult defeat.

    The host Rams won 44-6, aided by a slew of penalties that hampered the Dons’ efforts most of the evening. West showed fight on both sides of the ball, but more often than not its progress on offense was negated by procedural penalties.