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Today's News

  • City avoids hiring consultant

    The Las Vegas City Council recently rejected hiring a consultant to help form a residents council for public housing. So the city found a free way to get the job done.

    The authority has entered an agreement with Highlands University master’s student Gloria Tafoya to start the residents council and work on other projects for the housing authority.

    In June, the housing authority proposed that the city enter into a contract with Highlands University professor James Alarid for up to $5,700 to form the residents council, which amounted to $25 per resident.

  • Refuge telescope stolen

    The field telescope from Crane Lake Overlook at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge has been stolen.

    The 85-pound long-distance field telescope was stolen from Crane Lake Overlook sometime last week. The refuge staff became aware of the missing telescope on Aug. 27 after a birding visitor discovered it missing and reported it. The bolts securing the telescope (25 inches long and 9 inches wide) to the column were severed leaving the column standing alone.

  • East loses data when server goes out

    The Las Vegas City Schools district lost data when one of its servers went out on Aug. 19, but the problem hasn’t affected students, an official said last week.

    Superintendent Rick Romero said both hard drives in one of the district’s servers went out, so that meant a loss of data inputted in June, July and early August.

    He said if just one of the hard drives had lost the data, the other one could have recovered the information.

    Now, district staff is reinputting the data, which includes student scheduling information, Romero said.

  • Above and Beyond: 'One heck of a student-athlete'

    Briana Montaño wants to become the 2011 valedictorian at West Las Vegas High School.

    That would be keeping the honor in the family. The 2010 valedictorian was her sister, Krystle Montaño.

    Principal Gene Parson said Montaño is competitive in academics and is a five-sport letterman, but always competes in a very respectful manner.        

  • What a hoot!

    Regular-season champs in Las Vegas’ women’s softball league, the AVRH Scrubs were the early bird.

    But the Night Owl-Bud Light flew away with the big trophy on Tuesday night.

    Night Owl’s team upset the Scrubs in the city league tournament semifinals earlier in the week, then held off Bases Loaded in the championship game 8-7.

    Ellie Baca-Alarcon, Night Owl’s second baseman, seemingly could do no wrong defensively, with her glove responsible for stuffing many a Bases Loaded rally on a cool August evening at Rodriguez Softball Complex.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. On a recent day, Bridge Street businesswoman Yvette Arellanes was seen in Old Town picking up litter around 7 a.m. as she was walking her dog.

    If more people followed her example, this town would become cleaner.

  • Letter: Buffer zones great idea

    We would like to salute County Manager Les Montoya for putting forth the suggestion of an unidentified county resident to create industrial buffer zones in the county. What an enlightened idea!  

  • Prep football teams kick off

    Get ready for some football.

    Las Vegas’ two prep gridiron teams are starting off this campaign against some tough competition.

    Robertson and guest Portales will kick off the 2010 season at 7 p.m. Friday at Cardinal Stadium.

    It’ll be the official launch of the Leroy Gonzalez era at RHS, although an argument could be made that that era began long ago. While Friday night marks Gonzalez’s debut as head coach, the Cardinals’ longtime defensive coordinator has already enjoyed ample success with the program.

  • Blues festival's organizer explains meaning behind event's name

    On Saturday, Casa de Cultura will put on the second annual Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival. It’s an unusual name for an event, but it has a special meaning for organizer Miguel Angel.

    “When I was a boy growing up on Taos Street in Las Vegas, my great aunt, Estafanita Flores, would have a pot of beans cooking on the stove almost every day of the year,” he said. “On the rare day that we didn’t have beans, we suffered pangs of denial.”

  • Officer plans to run for mayor

    Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz says he wants a younger, more energetic person to take his place when his term expires.

    City police Officer Dennis Nelson, 41, thinks he’s that person.

    Last week, Nelson, a city officer for the last couple of years, revealed that he would be running for the city’s top job in 2012. He is the first to announce his intention to run for mayor; Ortiz said a few weeks ago that he would serve just one term.