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Today's News

  • Work of Art: Why the hand inspection?

    “May I see your hands, please?” Good grief! Is she coming on to me? I thought.

     Instead, she rubbed what looked like a small, damp orange Wet One across my palms. “Now turn around.”

    I did so, my anxiety increasing. “I meant ‘turn your hands around.’” I did that too. So the backs and the palms got swabbed, but what for? We’ll get into that later.

  • EDC director plans to leave

    The executive director of Las Vegas’ main economic development group is planning to step down, but he’s not sure when that’ll happen.

    Roberto Rios, director of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation, confirmed to the City Council recently that because of personal issues, he would have to leave his position. He has held the job for 13 months.

    He said that given the bad state of the economy, he said it may take some time to find another job, so he may still be at EDC for a while.

  • Editorial: Begin a new naming process

    No university has to name its buildings after people, but it’s been a long tradition to do so.

    Indeed, students and others often know the names of buildings, but they rarely know about the people they’re named after. So the names have very little impact.  

  • College seeking six radio stations

    Almost three years ago, Highlands University applied for six low-powered FM radio stations. One of those would include a station for the university’s foundation.

    President Jim Fries said recently that the foundation’s radio station would be in Romeroville, southwest of Las Vegas. The university currently operates KDEP-FM, which is across the street from Ilfeld Auditorium.

    “The Federal Communications Commission has granted Highlands licenses for the communities of Raton, Clayton, Farmington and possibly Milan,” Fries said.

  • Letter: Grateful for help in animal rescue

    I have waged a ceaseless campaign urging the community to participate in animal rescue, health, and safety and am pleased to report, I have seen the volunteers and the dollars come trickling in.

    I would like to extend an enormous thank you to the community of Las Vegas and the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally for showing they care about the lives of dogs and cats.

  • Editorial: Closure and healing

    It’s been a long two years, starting with some terrible assaults in a football camp outside of town and culminating, last week, in the sentencing of the leader of the assaults. The disposition of Michael Gallegos’ case, the last of six to have run their course through the judicial system, brings an element of closure. But not completely — parents of the victims have filed suit against current and former school officials, which means court cases and press coverage will continue.

  • House filled with junk -- again

    The situation at Las Vegan Gordy Maxine Thatcher-Godfrey’s house has become something of a rerun.

    But it’s not a rerun her Tilden Street neighbors are interested in watching.

    Again, her house is filled with junk that she collects around town. This has happened before, when neighbors could see old items such as fabrics in her front yard and items filling her home.

    In recent times, an industrial-sized trash bin has been in Thatcher-Godfrey’s front yard. It’s there so people can deposit junk from her house.

  • As It Is: Don't mess with the councilman

    With the news of assaults suspect Michael Gallegos’ sentencing last week, I couldn’t help but think about his father, Michael Gallegos Sr., who served on the Las Vegas City Council for a decade.

    The older man was seen by many as the council’s tough guy, along with sidekick Eugene Romero.

    During his terms in office, city employees told me that Gallegos accused them of mad-dogging him. Apparently, Gallegos went to the city manager at the time with the complaint, but the manager declined to take any disciplinary action based on an alleged dirty look.

  • Hackers are the No. 1 seed

    After running roughshod over the competition this summer, Benavidez Construction’s Hackers softball team is the No. 1 seed in the Las Vegas city league men’s division tournament.

    The Hackers — whose only blemish in 14 regular-season games was a 20-16 defeat July 21 vs. the Blaze — will play the Louisville Chuggers at 6:15 p.m. Monday in the tourney; at stake is a spot in the quarterfinals of the double-elimination affair.

    The two teams are a study in contrasts.

  • City OKs ambulance deal, admits it hasn't tracked performance

    The Las Vegas City Council has approved a new three-year contract with a private ambulance provider. But officials admitted that they hadn’t been closely tracking the company’s performance over the last couple of years.

    Albuquerque-based Superior Ambulance has been providing emergency medical services to both the city and the county since 2008. That was after the city and the county ended their relationships with Santa Fe-based Rocky Mountain EMS because of concerns with that company’s performance.