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Today's News

  • Las Vegas still goes without city clerk

    On Jan. 21, the City Council approved the recommendation to hire Jeanne-Marie Crockett as the new city clerk.

    She was in attendance during that meeting, but shortly after, she decided not to take the job.

    In an interview this week, Crockett said there was a difference between the salary amount she was given during the interview process and what she was informed in writing. As such, Crockett, who works at Santa Fe Community College, didn’t accept the offer. She wouldn’t say what the varying amounts were.

  • Refuge officials report illegal dumping problem

    The Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge has come under recent attack from litterbugs and illegal dumpers, officials say.

    A large projection screen television was dumped near the entrance to the visitor center and office of the refuge on Jan. 27. The excitement and awe-inspiring views of sandhill cranes and Canada geese flying over the visitor center and the Quintana Overlook is diluted when visitors are faced with the signs of abuse to their refuge, officials said.

  • Rangerettes smack SF Prep

    Melanie Romo took care of the first half; Clarissa Garcia handled the second.

    Mora’s girls’ basketball team opened its District 4-2A schedule with a 62-27 romp over Santa Fe Prep on Wednesday evening, getting big offense from those two Rangerette starters.

    Romo, Mora’s center, scored 17 of her team-high 19 points by halftime, leading the Rangerettes to a 24-13 lead. Mora’s team defense had held the Blue Griffins to three points in the first eight minutes.

  • City fires utilities director

    Utilities Director George Du Four’s car broke down on the way from Albuquerque, so he couldn’t make it to Wednesday’s City Council to argue against his firing.

    A councilman supporting Du Four pleaded for a delay — to no avail. By a 3-2 vote, the council fired the director.

    After a week and a half of secrecy, Mayor Tony Marquez finally revealed the reason why he wanted to let Du Four go: He contended the director had adjusted customer accounts in violation of city ordinance.

    No details were given.

  • Sporting goods store opens doors

    National sporting goods retailer Hibbett Sports has opened its newest store in Las Vegas.

    The new Hibbett Sports store opened at 2500 Seventh St. in Las Vegas on Friday and will employ eight full- and part-time team members.

    Announcing the opening, Mickey Newsome, chief executive officer of Hibbett Sports, said, “Las Vegas is another great market for Hibbett Sports. We think Hibbett Sports will be a great addition to Las Vegas. We believe this convenient new location is a win-win for Hibbett Sports and the Las Vegas community.”

  • EDITORIAL: Chaos at City Hall

    Public officials should be held accountable, and that includes Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez.        Before last year’s election, we endorsed his candidacy for mayor, expecting him to be a breath of fresh air at City Hall. We supported his vision of transparency and accountability — and still do.

    But we have come to disagree with how he has tried to carry out that vision. He has brought great instability to city government, and that has high costs for our community.

  • Manager hopefuls introduced to residents

    Candidates for city manager met with the public and department directors on Tuesday.

    Today, they’ll undergo interviews with a mayor-appointed selection committee. The committee members are Gus Cordova, who is with the recruitment firm Mercer Group Inc. and has 29 years experience as a city manager; local funeral home owner, former mayor and former state Sen. Alfred Nelson; and local real estate agent Corrine Leger.       

  • East-West hoops tonight and Thursday

    Rivalry week is here for Meadow City basketball.

    Robertson’s boys’ basketball team hosts West Las Vegas this evening at Mike Marr Gym. Action tips off with the freshman game at 4 p.m., followed by the junior varsity and varsity, the latter tipping off sometime after 7.

    The Cardinals, coached by David Bustos, are 5-14 overall and 1-3 in District 2-3A. Most recently, the Cards lost 76-59 to Santa Fe Indian.

    The Dons and Morgan Montaño are 12-8 and 2-2 coming off a 58-46 loss at St. Mike’s.

  • COLUMN: A soap opera for Las Vegas

    Who around here needs to watch soap operas? Especially these last few months. Just watch what’s going on at City Hall. Nobody is suffering amnesia, as they typically do in soaps. But our community has plenty of other forms of drama — fights between former friends, lost jobs, chaos and lawyers.

  • WEEKEND ROUNDUP 2: Three local wrestlers make finals; baseball begins for LCC, NMHU

    Robertson’s wrestling team, missing grapplers at several weight classes, earned an 11th place finish in this past weekend’s annual Cardinal Classic, which brought 21 out-of-town schools to town for the two-day event.

    The host Cardinals amassed 163.5 team points, getting edged out by Hobbs (173) and Santa Fe High (167) on the second day. West Las Vegas finshed 14th in the 24-team affair with 111.5 team points. The RHS junior varsity took 17th with 81 points, and Pecos was 20th with 43.