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Today's News

  • City league softball at end

    Through the beginning of the week, it was all chalk in the City of Las Vegas’ women’s softball tournament.

    Top seed AVRH Scrubs and No. 2 Night Owl-Bud Light had both won their early games to reach a semifinal showdown with one another.

    Victory Home Health opened the tourney on Aug. 18 with a 6-0 shutout of the Rowdy Rascals. The same evening, Night Owl squeaked past Bases Loaded 12-11.

    On the following night, Bases Loaded eliminated the Rascals 6-0, saddling the Rowdy ones with a fifth-place finish for the tournament.

  • Cards young but prolific on offensive end

    If they can recover from the loss of the entire starting defensive backfield, the Robertson Cardinals look to make a good run at the state boys’ soccer tournament come November.

    The Cardinals’ offense certainly looks strong. Forward Henry Robertson, the second-leading scorer in the state in 2009, is back. So is another major scoring threat, Keen Martinez.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    As a citizen of Las Vegas and a sports enthusiast, I would like to thank New Mexico Highlands University, Luna Community College, the East and West school districts, and the sponsors and the people who worked to make the 10th annual All-Star games a success.

  • Week's success credited to marketing

    This year’s Heritage Week festivities drew many more people than usual, a success attributed to an effective marketing campaign, a businesswoman told the City Council last week.

    Nancy Colalillo, owner of Tome on the Range Books, said her store was one of 20 organizations that worked to showcase the history and culture of Las Vegas during Heritage Week.

    The groups provided 35 events and activities from Aug. 7 to Aug. 15, with the Places With a Past Tour anchoring the first weekend and the People’s Faire anchoring the second.

  • Official: City hiked rates improperly

    A 2008 increase to trash rates never went before the City Council, which is a violation of a city ordinance, a top official said last week.

    During the recent debate over whether to increase garbage rates by 43 percent, Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron said a 10 percent increase in late 2008 hadn’t gone before the council. Gurule-Giron, who wasn’t on the council at the time, said residents had been overcharged since then.

  • Romero still in hospital

    City Councilman Dave Romero is still in the hospital, where he is reportedly recovering from a stroke.

    He apparently suffered the stroke two weeks ago and was sent to an Albuquerque hospital.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz told the council last week that he had visited Romero.

    “He recognized me. He shook my hand, but he didn’t verbalize anything. I hear he’s doing better on a daily basis,” the mayor said. “I hope things go well for him.”

  • RHS girls look for big finishers

    “I think we might turn the corner this season with our ability to score,” said Robertson girls’ soccer coach Ray Parks.

    In recent campaigns, following through and finishing on scoring chances has been an Achilles’ heel for the Lady Cardinals, but Parks is optimistic that change is coming.

  • City starts cleanup of junkyard along I-25

    The city of Las Vegas deployed dozens of its employees Saturday to begin the cleanup of a junkyard along Interstate 25.

    Armed with a court order, the city showed up unannounced, hoping that owner Tony Ortega hadn’t been tipped off. By mid-morning, Ortega, a longtime code violator, hadn’t gone to the property.

    City workers used dump trucks and tractors to clear the trash. The harder part will come later when they remove at least 50 inoperable vehicles, including semi trucks, school buses and trucks. Old mobile homes also sit on the property.

  • Two women reported hurt in crash

    Two women were injured in a car accident Thursday morning, city police said.

    According to police, 63-year-old Lillian Sanchez was headed north on Grand Avenue when she attempted to turn left onto New Mexico Avenue. She struck a car driven by Sara Dean, 29, who was headed south on Grand, police said. The collision caused Dean’s car to swerve to the right, hitting a car driven by Sarah L. Moore, 59, who was waiting at the stop sign on New Mexico.

  • As It Is: Selective outrage

    Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has a heck of a dilemma: The Democrat wants to distance herself from Gov. Bill Richardson, but she doesn’t want to offend the big cheese and his allies.

    So, to this day,  Denish has yet to condemn the pay-to-play atmosphere in the state’s capital under Richardson. And that’s hurting her.

    Some diehard Democrats in Las Vegas are even questioning whether they should support her in the November election. They’re contemplating voting for the Republican, Susana Martinez, the Las Cruces district attorney.