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Today's News

  • Big hitters boosted LV 10-11 softball

    Offensive fireworks helped Las Vegas Little League’s 10-11 All-Star softball team make this a July to remember.

    The team finished as state runner-up to Petroglyphs in the recent state tournament held in Santa Fe, falling to that defending champ in a best two-out-of-three series for the championship.

    Earlier, LVLL’s girls — managed by Gary Sanchez —  had brought home the District 4 title.

    All along, the team hit well and put up a bunch of runs on the boards.

  • Two schools get new principal

    Martha Johnsen has been named the new principal at Sierra Vista and Los Niños elementary schools.

    She will be leaving her post as a West Las Vegas principal to take the job on the other side of the river with the Las Vegas City Schools.

    Johnsen is currently the principal at the Family Partnership School, West’s alternative school, and Don Cecilio Elementary. She has been with West for a decade.

  • Letter: Martinez did great job running fiestas

    I would like to comment on the fiestas this year.

    There are 15 couples from Denver, Colo., who stay at the Sunshine Motel and there are four couples who stay at the Best Western motel for the fiestas. This was our 17th year in a row going to the fiestas.

    I would like to let you know that we had a great time this year. We especially like the fact that the tree was not closed off this year for some of the elderly to sit and watch the entertainment you had.

  • Biker bash

    The fifth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally brought participants from all over the United States.

    Pete Martinez and his wife, Michelle, cycled down from Aurora, Colo.

    “I’m enjoying the rally. This is my second year here. We left Aurora at 6 a.m. and when we got here, it poured on us, but it’s lovely now,” Martinez said.

  • As It Is: Mathew and Matt

    With all of the publicity lately about the Fiesta Council, some are getting confused about who council President Mathew Martinez is.

    Some have mixed him up with Matt Martinez, who runs radio station KNMX and is a former mayor.

    I can see why some are confused because Mathew Martinez used to have a morning radio show on KNMX and still does some work for the station.

    Also, both men lead local groups that have seen considerable controversy in recent times.

  • Baseball team qualifies for Triple Crown World Series -- again

    For the fourth straight year, the Las Vegas Avalanche 14-and-under baseball team has qualified for the Triple Crown World Series.

    The team plays in the national tournament, which gets under way Monday and continues through Saturday in Steamboat Springs, Colo.  

    The Avalanche, managed by Diego Trujillo, has concluded its 2010 regular seasons with a fifth-place finish in the USSSA Rio Rancho league and first place in the AABC Santa Fe League.

  • Architect refutes allegations

    The West Las Vegas school district’s former architect contends that he has provided all of the requested documents to the new architect, saying that criticism to the contrary is without merit.

    Recently, the new architect, Antonio Ortega of Ortega, Romero and Rodriguez in Santa Fe, told the school board that the old architectural firm, Van H. Gilbert Architects in Albuquerque, has hindered his efforts to create a new master plan.

  • Editorial: What if Vegas grows?

    Las Vegas is like many others towns: It extends its utilities to people outside city limits. This is a common practice.

    Recently, the San Miguel County Commission approved a 46-lot subdivision called Óxido north of Las Vegas. The developer seems to have created a good plan for the subdivision.

    But we’re still concerned that the development is poised to get water, natural gas and trash pickup service from the city.

  • Police: Man gets his 12th DWI

    A Las Vegas man was arrested for his 12th DWI last week, state police said.

    Starkie Montaño, 60, 2505 Collins Drive, Apartment 19, was charged with aggravated DWI, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license and having an open container of alcohol.

  • Senior Profile: Music, the Mafia and Seneca

    What would it take to lure renowned musicians into one’s home? What if they were Arturo Toscaninni, considered by many as the greatest conductor ever to wave a baton, or George and Ira Gershwin, renowned lyricist and pianist and the beloved clarinet player, Benny Goodman?

    Luring wasn’t necessary; in the East 90th Street New York City home of Albert Fredric Stoessel, an American composer, violinist and conductor; these visits were customary. Stoessel’s son, Las Vegas resident, Fredrick Stoessel says, “I just thought of them as family friends.”