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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Editorial: Volunteers come first

    For a small town, Las Vegas has an especially large and energetic arts community. By their very nature, artists are an independent-minded lot. And that’s a good thing. After all, mindless conformity has no real place in artistic expression.

    But we hate to see division within the ranks of local artists and craftspeople in promoting their valuable industry. Yet that’s what has happened in recent weeks.

  • Chamber chief criticizes official

    The head of the Chamber of Commerce took aim at a city councilman last week, even hinting that the official was guilty of a procurement violation.

    Matt Martinez, president of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, spoke during the public input portion of the council’s meeting, saying he wanted to respond to Councilman Andrew Feldman’s criticism of the group, which aims to help the local business community.

  • Hackermania runs wild!

    Boasting a lineup that many a college or semipro coach would envy, the Benavidez Construction Hackers men’s softball team on Tuesday completed a nearly perfect season with a Las Vegas city league championship.

    But DB’s Milkmen, the league runner-up, ensured the finish wouldn’t be a simple coronation ceremony.

    Riding an inspired postseason surge, the Milkmen handed the Hackers only their second loss of the season — and first in the double-elimination tournament — in Tuesday’s first title game, an 18-15 thriller.