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Today's News

  • Three LV softball teams make it to finals

    The Meadow City was well-represented in this week’s district Little League All-Star softball tournaments in Raton, landing a finalist in each of the 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 age division championship games.

    Titles in each of those divisions were to be decided by Wednesday. Tournaments for 9-10, 10-11 and 11-12 baseball were still playing out as of press time.

  • Work of Art: Why protest a spelling bee?

    For the third time in my career, I’ve participated in a spelling bee, but no, not as a participant (my eighth-grade classmate, Ermalinda, beat me, and others, out).

    Once, while I was still teaching, Betty Leger and George Fidel invited me to be a pronouncer at West Las Vegas High School. Later, I served as a judge at the Baha’i School in Manuelitas.

  • Blaze destroys house

    Firefighters responded to a blaze at 1515 S. Pacific St. early Monday afternoon.

    Authorities blocked off nearby streets as hoses were pointed toward the house, which has a large front yard.

    The smoke from the blaze could be seen around town, and as usual, that drew traffic to the westside neighborhood.

    City Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire, but a resident, Douglas James, who lives on the property, was not displaced because he lives on another place on the property.

  • Ex-deputy on trial for alleged attack

    Witnesses on Monday described a former San Miguel County sheriff’s deputy as a jealous woman in a rage when she attacked a man she considered her boyfriend.

    Meanwhile, Sheriff Benjie Vigil, who fired the deputy after the incident, said he still believes her side of the story.

    Inez Bolivar, 29, was on trial for charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and criminal damage.

  • Editorial: Trash rate hike needed

    It would be easy for us to condemn the city for even considering raising its garbage rates by 43 percent for residents — from $14 to $20 a month per household.   

    We could urge the city to find more efficiencies within the solid waste department and scour the federal and state bureaucracies for every available grant. And we could warn the city that any rate hike would hurt the elderly and others on fixed incomes.

    Indeed, that would all be true. At the same time, we would be avoiding hard truths.

  • City holds off on trash rate hike

    The Las Vegas City Council last week delayed making a decision on hiking trash rates after a number of residents feared the increases would hurt the elderly and others on fixed incomes.

    City staffers entreated the council to enact a 43 percent increase to residential rates, which would cost a household an extra $72 per year. Monthly bills would go up from $14.05 to $20.10.

    On top of that, the proposed rate structure would call for automatic 5 percent yearly increases from 2012 to 2015.

  • Chamber deal OK’d, amid questions

    The Las Vegas City Council has signed off on a new annual contract with the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce to promote the community to tourists.

    But one council member raised questions about the group, saying he wants more accountability.

    The new contract will give the chamber $164,000, down from last year’s $200,000. Much of that drop is because the city has hired an in-house events coordinator, a role the chamber performed previously.

  • New leader

    The West Las Vegas school board has been split on just about everything in recent times.

    But it seemed to give the new superintendent a chance to get his footing on some pressing issues during its monthly meeting last week.

    Ruben Cordova spent his fifth day on the job working into the midnight hour, along with the school board, on a long agenda that included construction projects that are running behind schedule to fire code violations that could get the schools shut down.

    The board also addressed an appearance of a conflict of interest.

  • Brayfield, Castellano solid in North loss

    There was no stopping coach Jim Murphy and his Hope Christian-heavy lineup Friday night as the South dropped the North 84-69 in the Class 3A All-Star boys’ basketball game.

    But Clint Brayfield and Ambrosio Castellano and the rest of the North bunch still gave it a (pre-) college try.

    Both sides came out aggressively. But Murphy, who has built a smooth-running hoops machine at Hope and won multiple state titles, smartly relied on the five Huskies he brought with him to the Wilson Complex.

  • Boy's body pulled from lake

    After two days of searching, a state police dive team found a missing 13-year-old boy in Storrie Lake.

    They found the boy, identified as Louis Lucero, around 7 p.m. Saturday, state police spokesman Peter Olson said.

    Storrie Lake park staff started the search Thursday afternoon after they were notified that the boy had gone missing and was presumed to be in the water.

    The state police dive team was also called out.

    The team was in and out of the water that first night. A heavy rain slowed them down just after midnight.