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Today's News

  • Study challenges views on forest fires

    By Scott Sonner
    The Associated Press

    RENO, Nev. — Scientists using field notes from surveys first conducted by the government before the Civil War believe they’ve gained a better understanding of how Western wildfires behaved historically.

    Researchers at the University of Wyoming studied historical fire patterns across millions of acres of dry Western forests. Their findings challenge the current operating protocol of the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies that today’s fires are burning hotter and more frequently than in the past.

  • Bikers rolling in this weekend

    Las Vegas’ 2012 Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally is coming to town — bringing with it bikers from all walks of life and, with them, camaraderie, unique bikes, and personalities that annually characterize the rally.

    The rally will run from Friday through Sunday at the Plaza Park and Bridge Street areas of Old Town.

  • Wife gets 10 years for murder

    Sixteen months after Suzanne Aguilar stabbed her husband to death, she stood inside a courtroom in an orange jail suit, her wrists shackled to her waist, saying she was sorry for what happened.

    “I loved my husband dearly ...,” she said Monday morning during her sentencing hearing at the San Miguel County courthouse. “He wasn’t only my husband. He was my best friend.”

    “I’m truly sorry,” Aguilar said. “That’s it, your honor.”

  • Three-wheeled beauty - Motorcycle rally is this weekend

    The iron horses roll into town this weekend for the seventh annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally.

    This year’s rally is expected to bring in thousands of motorcycles of all makes, models and styles for the three day event, which starts Friday.

    Motorcyclists from all walks of life will continue a tradition that started nearly a century ago with Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders; however, in those times they sometimes came into the Meadow City on horses instead of motorcycles.

  • Fired HU officer claims retaliation

    The latest member of the Highlands University police and security department to be fired says he doesn’t understand why the many complaints from officers and the no-confidence vote on the chief are falling on deaf ears.

    Gilbert Vega, who retired as chief of the Las Vegas Police Department in 1998, said that, in the last six months, two night-shift officers have been terminated, including himself, two officers have been suspended and one left because he was fed up with the situation.

  • City finishes fiscal year under budget

    Las Vegas Finance Director Pamela Marrujo delivered good news to the City Council last week, revealing that the city finished last fiscal year under budget.

    Expenditures from the general fund, for example were about $800,000 less than than budgeted during the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ended on June 30.

    General fund revenues, meanwhile, were $351,000 higher than the city budgeted, thanks primarily to higher than anticipated revenues from gross receipt taxes.

  • Looking Back - July 25, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 25, 2012

    Arts Council show drawing to a close

    Time is running out to see “The Mercy Seat,” the current Las Vegas Arts Council show at 140 Bridge St. Two area artists have put together two- and three-dimensional pieces that challenge, dream, play dead, wrestle, and scream for freedom. The free show runs through July. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Weather - July 25, 2012

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

    Thursday
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. East wind 5-10 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

    Friday

  • NM judge orders removal of names from online site

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A judge has ordered Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to remove the names of classified employees from an online database.

    The Monday ruling from District Court Judge Valerie Huling came after members of a state employees’ union challenged the practice.

    An attorney for the union had argued that posting the names of classified employees is prohibited by state law and raises security concerns.