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Today's News

  • Letter: Body shops not in carwash business

    Yes, the city of Las Vegas has recently passed a revised water conservation Ordinance No. 09-18, which applies to all citizens.

    Paint and body shops utilize water to clean the vehicles as part of the process of repair; they are not in the “car wash business.”

    If a city department is unable to satisfactorily answer your questions, please remember that the buck stops at the desk of City Manager Tim Dodge. Tim has always answered my questions. If you have been overcharged, Mr. Dodge will investigate and correct the error.

    Bruce McAllister

  • Local official placed on leave

    A top local official in the state Children, Youth and Families Department has been placed on paid leave, a department spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

    Audra Salas, the county manager for the department’s Protective Services Division, has been on leave for the last couple of weeks, spokeswoman Romaine Serna said.

    Serna said because it’s a personnel matter, she couldn’t provide any more details.

    The Protective Services Division deals with child welfare issues such as abuse and neglect. It also handles the foster kids program.

  • Homecoming turnaround?

    Two teams eager to turn around their fortunes will go head to head 2 p.m. Saturday at Perkins Stadium. The New Mexico Highlands University Cowboys are hoping the influx of alumni and homecoming fan support can give them the psychological edge over visiting Western State (Colo.).

    On the flip side, they’ll likely be dealing with the absence of head coach Chad Roanhaus, who has been granted some time off to deal with health issues, according to the school’s athletic director. (See related story.)

  • Letter: Privatization raises questions

    If the city decides to privatize the Solid Waste Department, will the new for-profit company provide, at a minimum, the same services currently provided? Consider the following:

     Will the for-profit company pick up solid waste for official alley clean-ups?

     Will the for-profit company pick up solid waste after each Ward clean-up?

     Will the for-profit company pick up solid waste after citywide clean-ups on Saturdays?

     Will they clean up the streets and parks after parades, fiestas, etc.?

  • West business office criticized

    West Las Vegas school district’s business office is rife with backbiting and gossip, according to a report commissioned by the superintendent.

    In August, Superintendent Ruben Cordova received the report, and soon after, then-Business Manager Dawn Biagianti announced her resignation.

    In an interview last week, Cordova, who started in July, said Biagianti resigned on her own and that he wasn’t aware of the report’s effect on her decision.

    Biagianti, who served about a year, didn’t return a message for comment.

  • Code cops get barrage of calls

    For Las Vegas' code enforcement officers, advertising worked.

    During the summer, the city took out ads on local radio stations to ask residents to report code violations — tall weeds, inoperable cars, junk piles, water waste, and loose dogs and cats.

    Before the ads, the city, which moved code enforcement to the Police Department a few months ago, had the city divided into six sectors. The officers would patrol a different sector each day.

  • Official improving, daughter says

    City Councilman David Romero suffered a stroke last month, and he has yet to return to work.

    Now, residents are helping his family raise funds because Romero and his wife have been away from their jobs since the stroke. Romero is in rehabilitation in Albuquerque.

    “He’s doing great. He’s progressing very fast. He’s walking and talking,” his daughter, Sonia Romero, told the City Council last week.

    “We’re concerned for his health,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said.

  • One enough vs. Regis

    The Highlands Cowgirls picked up their fourth win of the season only after a hard-fought, physical battle with visiting Regis on a balmy Sunday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.

    Each side — particularly Regis in the early going — made deep advances into enemy territory only to be turned away by gritty back-line defense. The match went scoreless until the 70th minute, when Krista Mashak took a pass from Arianna Strickland and beat Ellen Augsburger for a goal, Mashak’s third of the season.

    There would be no more scoring.

  • Disc golf taking flight

    In New Mexico, flying saucers aren’t just for Roswell anymore.

    Thanks in part to Bill and Sue Leslie of Vadito, the sport of disc golf is slowly but surely growing in popularity and spreading across the Land of Enchantment. Through a philanthropic program the Leslies help carry out, West Las Vegas Middle School recently became the latest to join what Bill describes as “the fastest growing sport in the country.”

  • Mentor of the Month: Teaching hands-on skills

    Shortly after graduating from Robertson High School in 1966, John Rudolph was sailing the seas aboard the USS Buchanan, a U.S. Navy-guided missile destroyer.

    As a third-class boatswains mate, he learned a lot about maintenance and keeping up the ship’s appearance.

    Rudolph’s first port of call was Hawaii, so coming from a landlocked state like New Mexico, he was able to see a good bit of the world.