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Today's News

  • 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.

  • To the Point: A significant resignation

    The leader of instructional reform at Highlands is giving up and going home, for reasons that will surely make the university’s leadership uncomfortable.

    Some faculty, however, rejoice over his departure.

  • County yet to select Cinder bidder

    San Miguel County had been prepared to award a contract to a local company to build a walkway along Cinder Road.

    But the county delayed making a decision this week because of a licensing issue with the contractor, Sangre de Cristo Gravel Products.

    The company’s previous license expired April 30. It was renewed Aug. 18.

  • As It Is: 'Can't we all get along?'

    When I see division in our town, I often mutter around the newsroom, “Can’t we all get along?”

    That’s what police brutality victim Rodney King told reporters during the L.A. riots in 1992.

    In recent times, we’ve seen a number of battles between otherwise well-intentioned folks in town: the Chamber of Commerce vs. the Old Town merchants, the Arts and Cultural District vs. Special Projects in Arts, Culture and Education, and the Fiesta Council vs. a lot of people.

  • Las Vegas team ropers win big in regional finals

    STEPHENVILLE, TEXAS —  A pair of Las Vegas-area ropers were big winners during the recent United States Team Roping Southwest Regional Championship Finals held Aug. 19-22 at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque.

    Kodi K Armitage and partner Chris Francis of Las Vegas combined to take the top prize in the No. 11 Preliminary Division, defeating 121 other teams in the team roping competition.

    The duo roped four steers in 33.59 seconds to earn a $5,748 paycheck from the $16,808 total purse along with custom Martin trophy saddles.

  • Weekend Roundup: Big debut for Cards, new coach

    Leroy Gonzalez couldn’t contain his grin.

    On the first play from scrimmage in Gonzalez’s debut as Robertson’s head football coach, Dalan Abreu picked off a Portales pass.

    That a huge defensive play would immediately christen the first game of fall 2010 (and of the new coach’s tenure) was highly appropriate, given that Gonzalez’s history with the team has been most notable for a distinguished run as its defensive coordinator.

  • Editorial: Privatization is an option

    Las Vegas residents will see their solid waste rates spike by 43 percent in the coming months. We supported this increase so that the city could upgrade the solid waste department’s equipment, pay for the mandated cleanup at the old  Camp Luna landfill and offset an ongoing deficit.

  • Letter: Hopeful that issue will be resolved

    I would like to start this letter by saying how disappointed I am in the manner that the Fiesta situation has been handled.

    I never meant for it to escalate to the point that certain people who have supported me are being bashed publicly via radio.

    I was only trying to defend myself and hoped to get the opportunity to speak to the Fiesta Council and explain to the members why I think I should keep my full scholarship, but I was unable to do so.

  • Feds: Housing agency improves

    The Las Vegas Public Housing Authority is making progress in a number of areas, which may result in its shedding of its troubled status, a federal official said last week.

    The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department placed the authority in troubled status in 2005 because of a number of problems. That status meant HUD would give the local agency much greater scrutiny.

  • Editorial: Legitimate concerns

    Matt Martinez, president of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, is plenty mad at City Councilman Andrew Feldman.

    A month ago, the councilor raised some legitimate questions and criticism when city staffers requested the council approve the chamber’s annual contract.

    Martinez wasn’t there to answer them, but he directed his fire at Feldman at last week’s council meeting. When he referred to Feldman, City Attorney Dave Romero stopped him, saying he didn’t want Martinez to mention specific names of personnel, including Feldman.