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Today's News

  • City launches cleanup efforts

    City officials say they are working on cleaning up the community in a number of ways.

    Recently, a majority of city employees took part in a cleanup, and they picked up more than 12 tons of trash around town.

    At a recent City Council meeting, City Manager Timothy Dodge said the city plans to keep in place for the time being a moratorium on fees collected at the solid waste transfer station.

  • Adult softball

    The following are recent scores and upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league. Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex off Grant Street.

    Men’s division

    THURSday, June 3

    The Best 21, Dream Team 10; Vegas Boyz 10, Buzzards 2; Blaze 32, Louisville Chuggers 6

    Monday, June 7

    Buzzards 17, The Best 12; Hackers 25, Tecolote 12

    Upcoming games:

    Wednesday, June 9

  • Editorial: Distancing herself

    If Democrat Diane Denish wants to be elected governor in the November general election, she likely will have to make a strong statement against Gov. Bill Richardson’s practice of awarding top jobs and lucrative contracts to his campaign contributors and buddies. She certainly didn’t do that in her campaign stop in Las Vegas last week.

  • Local man's conviction upheld

    The state Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of an area man convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

    The high court reversed a previous Court of Appeals decision for the case of Lloyd Lucero, 27.

    The Court of Appeals had ordered a new trial on the grounds that a requested self-defense instruction was not given to the jury by presiding Judge Eugenio Mathis, according to the district attorney’s office.

  • Letter: Business manager shouldn't get more

    This letter is in response to the May 24 story regarding the West Las Vegas budget and the business manager. Boy, she sure has nerve demanding a 28 percent increase in salary. ...

    Why should the whole West Las Vegas staff have to settle for a zero percent increase — people who, incidently, have been with the schools for years — while she sits back and enjoys a $20,000 pay increase? Just who does she think she is?

  • Cops moved to code enforcement

    The Las Vegas Police Department has transferred two of its officers to code enforcement, where they will focus on parking and animal control violations.

    The police recently took over code and animal control enforcement from the city Community Development Department.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said the code officers’ shifts will include nights and weekends. He said the department had divided the city into six sectors for enforcement.

  • Wooden's lessons went beyond sport

    When a person is hired to become a head coach, he or she immediately becomes more than the title states.

    They become a role model, a father or mother figure. They at times become larger than life in the eyes of young adults or young children, whether it be Pee-Wee League or college athletics.

    In the passing of legendary UCLA basketball coach, John Wooden, much can be learned about what a coach is. Wooden was a giant among people.

  • City says it fixes quirk in sewer bills

    Some people get monthly utility bills and notice something strange: They’re paying for more gallons of sewer use than water consumed.

    This is a problem city officials believe they corrected recently.

    Sewer usage rates are based on water use from the previous winter, which is usually when people use less water.

    But when homes change hands, the new occupants may use considerably less water. They then become mystified about the impossibility of disposing more water than they use.

  • Work of Art: $2,300, A great investment

    You’ve heard it said that a college degree is worth what a high school diploma used to be. There was a time, certainly in my lifetime, when educators urged us not to drop out of high school. “You hold the key to the future,” and other such bromides put the fear of poverty into us.

    At the time, when the U.S. began its switch from a mercantile society to an information-processing country, the need for higher degrees increased. I’m not going to give a paean on the benefits of school but merely stress how important certain qualifications are. To some.

  • Rotary golf benefit Saturday

    Golfers are invited to take part in this weekend’s Las Vegas Rotary benefit tournament, which begins 9 a.m. at Gene Torres Golf Course.

    Cost is $125, covering golf, cart, lunch and prizes. Fax entry forms (player names, handicaps and phone numbers) to Kay Dorman, 505-426-0230. Sign-in is set for 8 a.m. Saturday.

    Format is ABCD four-person scramble, and only one player per team is allowed to have a handicap of nine or less. Additionally, combined tem handicap must exceed 50.

    The tourney benefits Coats for Kids, Camp RYLA and other charities.